Patience in the family

August 15th, 2011 @

Most good things in life require us to be patient before we can attain them. A great career, for example, requires a lot of hard work and endurance. People who tend to give up easily at the face of hardship are not likely to be very successful. Patience is also required in personal relationships when [...]

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Service with pleasure

July 15th, 2011 @

Human beings are interdependent,  we are always providing services to others and we are also served. In the family context, the services that are provided may sometimes seem burdensome and one can be tempted to lay his/her responsibilities on others which can create tension in the family. But if one has the right outlook on [...]

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Conflict in the family: Couples perspective

June 15th, 2011 @

Conflict is inevitable. People rarely agree on everything. Even the Prophet (PBUH) had conflict with his wives. However, the frequency and intensity of conflict in a family can vary. In addition, the way the conflict is handled makes the difference between a happy marriage and distressed one. Preventing conflict: Good communication is one of the [...]

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Jihad: Struggles in the family

May 11th, 2011 @

Jihad is one of the most controversial and misunderstood concepts in Islam, both by Muslims and non-Muslims. The root of the word jihad means to put your best effort into something.  This life is meant to be filled with struggles as Allah says “Verily We have created man into toil and struggle” (90:4). Note that [...]

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A Family with the Right Attitude

April 16th, 2011 @

Do you know anyone who has a bad attitude? Someone who is negative and pessimistic? How do you feel being around such a person? Most people who know someone with such characteristics do not enjoy being around him/her. Could you be the one who repels people with your bad attitude? Well, ask yourself the following [...]

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Compassion and the Family

April 16th, 2011 @

Compassion is essential for a healthy and loving family. The word compassion originates from Latin and it means “to suffer together with”. It connotes sensitivity, kindness and generosity. We all need compassion in our lives, but before we expect it from others, we should show it first. The prophet SAW said: “God shows compassion only [...]

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Living as a humble family

February 16th, 2011 @

Humility is closely correlated to faith. It is difficult to be a strong believer and arrogant at the same time. Faith requires us to submit to God and attribute all the blessings that we have to Him and not to ourselves. Humility is not being weak or self-deprecating to the point where one denies the [...]

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Changing oneself in the family context

January 16th, 2011 @

Anyone can change if they have the right motivation. One of the major motivations for becoming a better spouse or parent is the reward from Allah. So do not make your change contingent on your spouse’s change. Ideally, both you and your spouse would be willing to make changes at the same time, but if [...]

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Better Communication for a Happier Family

December 15th, 2010 @

Communication is an essential skill that includes speaking, listening, writing, and body language. Good communication is learned and improved upon and it can make a difference between a happy family and a strained one. Communication between couples Couples who develop good communication skills and habits are more likely to have happier marriages. It is best [...]

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Loyalty

November 15th, 2010 @

As human beings we are dependent on each other to thrive. From the moment we are born to the day we die we need others to make our life better. This includes parents, family, friends, teachers, etc. We need to appreciate what others have done for us by being loyal to them. Loyalty is continuous [...]

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