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Muslima Mindset

Muslima Mindset

By Farhat Amin
A Muslim podcast series for Muslim women Farhat Amin is a teacher & writer. She is a speaker for, having delivered lectures on women in Islam and feminism. Muslima Mindset Podcast is about helping Muslim women understand their Islamic identity. Podcast inspiration "By Time. The human being is in loss. Except those who believe, and do good works, and encourage truth, and recommend patience.” Surah Asr If this podcast inspired you, please pass it on to someone you want to inspire. Contact me on Instagram @farhatamin_uk Email:
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Why am I changing the name of the podcast?
I have changed the podcast name from A Muslim Mom to Muslima Mindset! Join my telegram channel Contact me on Instagram @farhatamin_uk Email:
September 22, 2020
Marriage: what's your belief system? Conversation with @nadiaschoice
This week's guest is Nadia Akhtar she's a mental health educator and coach. She, helps sisters overcome stress and anxiety and achieve amazing results with getting life back on track.  Find out about her work on Instagram @nadiaschoice If this podcast inspired you, please pass it on to someone you want to inspire. Join my telegram channel Contact me on Instagram @farhatamin_uk Email:
September 18, 2020
2 Yrs, 16K listens: So why did I begin the podcast?
"By Time. The human being is in loss. Except those who believe, and do good works, and encourage truth, and recommend patience.” Surah Asr If this podcast inspired you, please pass it on to someone you want to inspire. Join my telegram channel Contact me on Instagram @farhatamin_uk Email:
September 12, 2020
Season 5: Love, Relationships & Marriage
In season 5, inshallah I will be exploring the following topics from an Islamic perspective: How to find a spouse Dating, halal relationships, dating apps How to protect ourselves from fitna, zina, and LGBTQ  Why has it become so difficult to get married The wedding industry Celebrity Muslim Couples Why is the divorce rate going up amongst Muslim couples? I know I'm going to be adding more to this list... Inshallah if you have any more suggestions send me an email
September 10, 2020
How to disagree without insulting each other - with Dr Shadee Elmasry
This week's episode of A Muslim Mom is a discussion from my husband's podcast, The Thinking Muslim Podcast. He spoke to a regular guest Dr Shadee Elmasry about division within the Muslim community. I ask him, how does Islam help us to navigate our differences? What makes a valid shari’ opinion? How do we know whether a scholar or commentator is sincere to sources of Islam? What makes a mujtahid and what are the limits of the muqallid (follower)? We discuss the recent trend amongst duat to call out and defame one another. We also discuss the duty of enjoining maroof and forbid munkar, how does a layman fulfil this duty? What gives the commoner the right to question even scholars on issues and what are the guidelines? How do we forbid wrong while transmitting respect and not exacerbating divisions? We look at the notion ‘only Allah can judge’ and the anger that pervades much of modern social media ‘da’wah’. What does it mean to be smart in conveying Islam? and does being smart sometimes come at the cost of being truthful? Join my telegram channel
September 4, 2020
Should we be liberal Muslims?
This is the audio from a video I made you can watch it on YouTube. My YouTube channel is called Farhat Amin
August 27, 2020
Crisis of the Modern Man, conversation with Ameen from Seerah Masters
Recently, political pundit and FOX Nation host Tomi Lahren put out a 14-minute video addressing her and her friends’ issues with men. She said  "I think they're trash all over this country ... a lot of men don't know how to treat women."  So, this week's episode of A Muslim Mom is a discussion from my husband's podcast, The Thinking Muslim Podcast his guest was, Ameen from the popular Mind Heist podcast, and the YouTube help channel Seera Masters. Ameen is currently working on writing a book on the subject of what it means to be a " Good Muslim Man" and in the episode, he discusses the reasons why some men are perceived as being  'trash'. Inshallah, love to know what you think. Join my telegram channel
August 20, 2020
The Rise of the Toxic Lifestyle Coach
Are you following lifestyle and relationship coaches like Rachel Hollis who is promoting an unattainable toxic lifestyle? Join my telegram channel
August 13, 2020
The Flawless Face Instagram
Join my telegram channel In the latest episode of a Muslim Mom I discuss the article 'The Age of Instagram Face" published in the NewYorker. "The gradual emergence, among professionally beautiful women, of a single, cyborgian face. It’s a young face, of course, with poreless skin and plump, high cheekbones. It has catlike eyes and long, cartoonish lashes; it has a small, neat nose and full, lush lips." In a world where women are rewarded for youth and beauty in a way that they are rewarded for nothing else—and where a strain of mainstream feminism teaches women that self-objectification is progressive because it’s profitable" We need to realise the images of celebrities & influencers on Instagram are unnatural, unrealistic, and edited. Subconsciously we compare ourselves to these manufactured images and this is making us feel ugly and unattractive. To make ourselves feel better we buy products to try to achieve the 'Instagram face' We are not allowed to grow old gracefully, we have to constantly be consuming the celebrity-endorsed products to fix ourselves. It's time to critically think and stop passively consuming images that are going to make us feel unhappy with the way Allah has created us. Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw), said, “Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your hearts and actions.” Inshallah, this toxic view of beauty should be called out, we don't need to copy celebrities & influencers, let's cultivate a mindset where we are content with the way Allah has created us, we don't need to edit images of ourselves. Let's advise our friends, daughters, sisters to do the same. ʿUmar RA would say: “There is no good in people who do not give advice, and there is no good in people who do not like to be advised”. Abū Hurayrah RA says: “A Muslim is the mirror of his brother when he sees a fault in it, he corrects it” (al-Adab al-Mufrad, hadith 238). 
August 3, 2020
Muslim influencers: Why do we follow them?
It's time to unfollow the bad influences in our lives  Join my telegram channel image credit
July 28, 2020
Gender & Islam: conversation with Nurideen Knight
Nuriddeen Knight is one of the authors contributing to the upcoming book, "The Islamic alternative to feminism".  She began her Islamic studies attending various Islamic lectures in the United States and later moved to Jordan to further her studies. She studied classical Arabic, marriage law, Islamic belief system (ᶜaqida), Prophetic biography (sīra), Qurᶜanic explanation (tafsīr), Prophetic speech and character, and Islamic spirituality (taṣawwuf) with Shaykh Khalīl Abdur-Rashid, Imam Amin Muhammad, Umm al-Khayr, Umm Sahl and Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller. In 2015 she created Noor Al Shadhili (, a holistic initiative named after one of the greatest scholars in Islamic spirituality (taṣawwuf). It focuses on human development through education, research, and counseling. Her written work has been featured in various online publications like and She's given several lectures on topics related to Islam, mental health, and women's issues for women’s organizations like HAWA in Detroit, Michigan, and Being-ME in Toronto, Canada as well as universities including the University of Missouri and Queens College. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and currently runs a blog ( where you can read her social commentary. She is the author of Our Mother 'Aisha: A 40 Ḥadīth Collection and is working on a collection of forthcoming essays. For bookings and upcoming events visit To find out more about this book, visit
July 21, 2020
Why has it become so difficult to wear hijab? Free Online Event
You can watch the FREE event here The journey to cover and conduct ourselves in a way that is pleasing to Allah is a struggle many Muslim women experience. Like other requirements of Islam, we experience natural highs and lows regarding our hijab. However, this noble endeavor has become particularly difficult for those of us living in western liberal societies, as journalists and politicians audaciously believe they have the right to ferociously scrutinise our hijabs, niqabs and jilbabs. There is a vocal minority of Muslim feminists such as Samina Ali who, in her infamous  Tedx talk titled ‘What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab?’, deny the obligation of hijab. They are taking equality, personal freedom, and individualism as their guiding principles, not the Quran and Sunnah. To add to the problem, the global fashion industry has jumped on the ‘modest fashion’ bandwagon and via Muslim Youtubers and influencers, non- muslim fashion brands are in essence telling us: why we should wear hijab how we should wear it when we should discard it Join Farhat Amin to explore: the obligatory nature of the hijab critique the main arguments against hijab understand the ideological forces that are working against Muslim women the paradox of the modest fashion industry solutions to the challenges we are facing Farhat Amin is a teacher and host of A Muslim Mom Podcast. She is also a speaker for The Thinking Muslim. In the UK, Farhat has delivered lectures on Women in Islam and Feminism. Currently, with an international group of female Muslim writers, she is editing a new book "The Islamic Alternative to Feminism"  This online  women-only event is organised by The Thinking Muslim  1st August 2020  - Online Zoom Event - 3 pm to 5 pm (UK time) The Center for Gender Studies: Feminism and Family Phobia 18th July
July 14, 2020
Secrets of Divine Love: Interview with the author A. Helwa
Interview with A.Helwa the author of Secrets of Divine Love. All the book club members really enjoyed reading the book with The Thinking Muslim Bookclub, join via Goodreads. Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel You are loved by Allah exactly as you are at this very moment. The #1 international bestselling book, Secrets of Divine Love was written for the longing heart, for the one who is searching for something they have not been able to find. For the one who sometimes spirals into hopelessness and cannot help but feel too imperfect for a perfect God to love. This book is for the one who is at the edge of their faith, who has experienced religion as a harsh winter instead of the life-bearing spring it was sent to be by God. Secrets of Divine Love serves as a compass and guiding light that returns you to the source of divine peace and surrender. Through the practices and pillars of Islam, you will learn how to unlock your spiritual potential and unveil your divine purpose. A. Helwa uses a rational, yet heart-based approach towards the Qur'an that not only enlightens the mind but inspires the soul towards deeper intimacy with Allah. By weaving together dozens of inspiring mystical stories, Qur’an verses, Hadith, Rumi and Hafez poetry, psychology, and science, the author breaks down Islam in a way that is both digestible and inspiring for millennial Muslims. A. Helwa not only unveils dozens of spiritual secrets hidden within the Qur’an, but she does so in an uplifting and gentle way that meets each reader exactly where they are on the path to God. While staying true to classical Islamic theology, A. Helwa’s emphasis on the forgotten teachings of love in Islam has a way of speaking not to just Muslims but to spiritual seekers of all traditions. Unlike your average book on religion that is focused solely on rules and outer practices, Secrets of Divine Love is a motivational and inspiring guide of how to experience the beauty hidden in the heart of the Qur'an and the Islamic tradition from a place of love, passion, and joy. If you have been longing to experience a more intimate and loving relationship with Allah, then this book was written for you. “So often we are asked where and how one accesses the inner heart of the Islamic tradition — here it is!" -Professor Omid Safi, Duke University CONTENTS: Allah: The Origin of Love Who Are You? The Mysterious World of the Qur’an The Spiritual Dimensions of Islam Tawba: Repent and Return to Unity Shahadah: The Ecstasy of Oneness Salat: How to Tune Into Divine Love Zakat: Giving as an Instrument of God Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting Hajj: A Pilgrimage to God The Spiritual Secrets of Death The Mysteries of Heaven and Hell You Are Loved ABOUT THE AUTHOR Writer A. Helwa has over 15 years of experience writing and speaking on Islam and personal development. Over the past several years she has inspired over 400,000+ readers through her passionate, poetic, and love-based approach to Islamic spirituality. Her popular blog @quranquotesdaily, was established while attending a Masters in Divinity focused on Islamic spirituality and peacemaking, as a means of helping others overcome personal and spiritual struggles on their journey of experiencing divine love.
July 5, 2020
Who is defining your Muslim identity?
Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel Given the choice how would you like to be described? A progressive, open-minded and independent or traditional, close-minded, and submissive. Living in the 21st Century these are the labels we are given to choose from. How you define yourself has a big effect on how you act. The life choices you make. In this episode, I am looking at how the British government is trying to influence our Muslim identities. A social media network for young people, launched around the term “woke”, is actually a covert British government program, security officials have admitted. The content for the Facebook page and Instagram feed was created for the OSCT by Breakthrough Media, a London-based communications company, several people with knowledge of the project have confirmed to Middle East Eye. Supersisters mag was also a content company that was set up as a Home Office project through its parent company JGO. Supersisters describes itself as “a global media platform for young Muslimahs in East London and beyond to share and create inspiring and empowering content with positivity at its core.”     Ex-employee, Sabah Ismail, who stepped down today and released a statement also expressed her surprise that there were no Muslim women in the creative team at the time of joining and, “despite [JGO] running a project for Muslim women, how far removed from the principles of Islam most of the team were, some even disagreeing out-rightly with our beliefs”. An ex-employee, alleging that one point there was only one Muslim woman working in the organisation where middle-aged non-Muslim men were writing content impersonating Muslim women under the guise of creating empowering content for Muslim women. The team also included contractors from JGO including non-Muslim videographer Charlotte Bibby who had previously tweeted, “I can handle religion if you’re not involving me in it and its not causing world wars, terrorist attacks or homicides. Oh wait…”
June 26, 2020
The Politics of Hijab - with Ustadh Iyad Hilal
The dress of Muslim women has been politicised by secular thinkers, left-wing activists, conservatives, feminists, and talk-show hosts that all believe their take on the subject will emancipate Muslim women. For centuries, an obsession with Muslim women’s dress has enabled an array of political projects. This week we speak to two guests, firstly Farhat Amin, who is working on a book project to address the twin challenges of Muslim confusion about their Islamic rights and feminism and then we discuss the long colonial history behind the politicisation of women's dress and how to view the hijab from the shari’ah rules with Ustadh Iyad Hilal, author, and imam from the United States. Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel Website: Launchgood campaign:!/ Twitter:
June 20, 2020
Hijab: Not My Body Not My Choice - Conversation with Eeman Abbasi from Traversing Tradition
This week the subject of the hijab was under the spotlight again. A famous Muslim You tuber posted a video where she explained why she had decided to no longer wear the head covering: khimar Inshallah, in this episode I want to look at the main reasons why there is so much confusion around the simple act of wearing the hijab. To help me resolve the confusion I have  Eeman Abbasi who wrote an article titled “ Hijab: Not my Body, Not my Choice”  on the website traversing traditions. Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel Read the article here Not My Body Not My Choice  at  About the author: Eeman Abbasi is a graduate in Physiology & Neurobiology and Human Rights, working in international development. Her interests include Hanafi jurisprudence, refugee advocacy, health and human rights, and the food industry. You can follow her on Twitter here. Please send feedback and comments to
June 11, 2020
Book review: Headscarves and Hymens Why the Middle East needs a Sexual Revolution” by Mona Eltahawy
I have spent a lot of time planning and preparing this podcast. It’s not something I have taken lightly. For the following reasons. Firstly, Why did I want to read this book? The title is hardly Islamic. What could I possibly learn from a book whose title has such promiscuous connotations? The reason why I read this book was for the purpose of research for a new book that I am writing with fellow Muslim writers on the topic of the Islamic alternative to feminism. Since I became interested in the topic of whether Islam is compatible with feminism, I have genuinely made an effort to understand feminist ideas by reading books by non-muslim and Muslim feminists. I don’t want to have a shallow understanding. Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel Launchgood donation page for the new book An Islamic Alternative to Feminism
June 8, 2020
“I can’t breathe” – George Floyd & structural racism in America with Hakeem Muhammad
My guest today, Hakeem Muhammad, grew up in the communities excluded by mainstream America. He argues that in our anger we should not undervalue the structural conditions that enable and safeguard those that treat their fellow man as sub-human. The structural racism that plagues American life comes from a broader ideology that shows disdain for non-European cultures and creeds. He argues powerfully that white supremacy cannot be separated from liberalism, in fact, liberal protagonists, from Locke to Jefferson, Kant to Rawls have all echoed the same mantra of America acting as a civilizing force in the world. The atrocities of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo were conducted by the same people, nurtured within the same cultural climate. Hakeem Muhammad is a Public Interest Law Scholar from Northeastern University School of Law where he also holds a Juris Doctorate Degree. Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel
June 3, 2020
Toxic Masculinity, an Islamic Response with Dr Shadee Elmasry
What is a man, what makes a man and what is masculinity? Dr Shadee Elmasry takes a look at toxic masculinity and Islam's response. Dr Shadee in this debate, stands out for his dedication to a nuanced and intelligent look at how revelation informs the Muslim conception of masculinity. How did the Allah and His Messenger's (saw) practice nurture an Islamic vision of masculinity? Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel Follow the programme on Twitter @thinking_muslim Join the Thinking Muslim Course - visit Email the programme using the email
May 28, 2020
Teenage parenting advice from a Muslim Youth worker - Iram Shaukat
Had the pleasure of speaking with Iram Shaukat, she's a homeschooling mum from the US. Iram has run youth workshops for Muslim teenagers and parents. She's a regular contributor to  Muslim Homeschoolers Unite and posts parenting advice on her Instagram page @irambintsafia Please send questions & feedback  to Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel
May 15, 2020
Colorism refers to discrimination based on skin colour. Send feedback and comments to Please send feedback and podcast suggestions to my telegram channel
May 10, 2020
Dua weapon of the believer : book review
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May 8, 2020
Why don't we read?
As part of our research for our Thinking Muslim Courses and our ongoing podcasts, The Thinking Muslim and A Muslim Mom we find ourselves reading as many books and essays about current trends of thinking and Islam. There is so much thought-provoking material out there! Alhumdulilah we've been discovering so much! We decided to start The Thinking Muslim Book Club, as we want to share what we're learning, encourage wide and challenging reading and hear the thoughts of others. This book club is dedicated to exploring issues in some more depth and untangling the complexities of the world around us. The club was created after we began delivering our first pilot course in the UK (see our website for new courses). As part of the sessions, we regularly posted accompanying reading material and was prompted by many of our participants to formalise a book club. The plan is to periodically read a title and then to organise avenues for discussion. We aim to have at least two books ongoing. One for general books with an end of month discussion for brothers and sisters and one specifically for sisters, which may focus on a book of specific interest. Of course, sisters are free to join either. Join the our telegram channel to receive updates Wasalam Farhat Amin & The Thinking Muslim Team! 
May 6, 2020
Don't underestimate your power as a muslim mother Want to see Islamic videos? Subscribe to my YouTube here Browse Muslim parenting resources here Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
April 25, 2020
Call for Book Chapters on Muslim Women, feminism and liberalism
Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel Book Synopsis – Muslim women and their ‘emancipation’ remains a key project of liberal universalists. The Muslim woman and her role in society has unwittingly become a front line in this cacophony of voices to embrace liberal ‘modernity’. From politicians to pundits, the obsession with the Muslim woman’s dress, habits, roles, motivations, and place in a Muslim family seems to have become a political project driven by a wider desire to engender an “Islamic reformation”. We plan, through this edited book (each chapter will be written by a different writer), to bring together genuine voices of Muslim women, intelligently tracing the historical and present-day political project to embrace feminism and undermine Islamic social values. We are looking for a broad range of Muslim writers to contribute and would like to request your submissions. How do I contribute? – In the first instance please contact us giving a quick summary of the chapter you wish to tackle, your background, and how you hope (InshaAllah) to approach the topic. All submissions will be proofread and will undergo a process of peer-review. Do I need to be an academic? The short answer is no. We would like well-researched pieces. Editor - Farhat Amin
April 20, 2020
Is it OK for Muslims to go to Prom?
For some Muslims, prom night and dating are complicated topics — there is dancing between genders, the implication of alcohol and sex, and revealing dresses. For others, it's not so big of a deal. What's your view? I want to take a deeper look at the whole issue and what effect, going to "The Prom" has on our kids' education and their Islam. Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
April 10, 2020
Coronavirus & Islam: Q&A with Dr Shadee Elmasry
This episode is a collaboration with The Thinking Muslim Podcast. As we hunker down and wait in anticipation for a Covid-19 breakthrough, we inevitably begin to think about our mortality and whether we have within us the ability to deal with this crisis. In the coming weeks, we are going to explore the Covid-19 crisis and its implication upon us. Today I invite back onto the show, Dr. Shadee Elmasry, an imam and Islamic scholar from the United States. To find out more about his work, take a look at  We look at 1) the 'cancellation' of jummah and the madhhabs, 2) Is this a punishment from Allah, 3) Are we martyrs (shaheed) if we die, 4) if we get it then is it Allah's will, 5) How did early Muslim's deal with communicable diseases?, 6) trusting experts and human nature 7) WhatsApp disinformation, 8) stockpiling, 9) responsibility to others, 10) how a believer should spend their time? The Muslim community has faced a series of questions in the past week and I put them to Dr. Shadee ElMasry. Follow the program on Twitter @thinking_muslim Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
April 3, 2020
Why Muslim parents have to discuss sex education
1. Review of Netflix series Unorthodox 2.Why Muslim parents have to discuss sex education Read the blog article with links www. Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
March 29, 2020
Coronavirus & Consumerism: a lethal cocktail Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
March 20, 2020
Reclaim your Muslim Mindset: Season 4
Season 4 of A Muslim Mom Podcast will be exploring how we can reclaim our Muslim mindset. Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel How we experience the world, and our ability to succeed within it, constantly changes based on our mindset. I want to look at the following interconnected challenges we collectively face: Reasons behind the rise in mental health issues The sexualisation of society The sexualisation of childhood Sex & relationship education Body Image, low self-esteem, and eating disorders Individualism, materialism  & consumerism Inshallah, I don't want to just outline the negatives. Rather, I hope to shine a light on the positive Islamic approach to these problems so we can develop a confident Muslim mindset. As positive brains have an advantage over negative or confused brains. Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology show that when we have clear advice and guidelines regarding how to deal with a difficult situation then our brains become more engaged, motivated, and productive. The goal of season 4  is not simply to try to give quick fixes for the things that aren't working. Rather, I hope the episodes will be a guide to focus on and amplify the things that do work. I do not aim to upset the solutions offered by others. Most of the answers we get, when based on sound evidence, are perfectly valid. However, if we're starting with the wrong questions  we will fail to understand the cause of our problems. With Allah's help and the right mindset, we can reframe the negative unIslamic concepts that are causing us anxiety. We can stop them from holding us back from achieving our full potential as Muslims. We can reverse the formula that we use for happiness and success. Inshallah, we can create a love of learning and a resilience that will motivate us to achieve our ultimate goal: Jannah. www.farhatamin
March 18, 2020
Does Islam promote equality in marriage?
Download your FREE books today! The Ideal Muslim Husband & The Ideal Muslim Wife Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
March 15, 2020
Should Muslim Women strive for Equality or Justice?
•We all know, at the core of our belief is ‘submission to Allah’. •The core aim of feminism is to gain equal rights with men. •‘Equality’ is not the starting point for a Muslim. Rather the starting point is Allah’s justice which creates a balanced and tranquil society. • This does not mean Islam aims at inequality, rather it doesn’t make this a ‘starting point’ when devising roles and responsibilities. • The foundation upon which the Islamic system of law is built is the concept of justice. “We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidence and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice.” 57:25 • ‘Equality’ is used in the Qur’an, not as a starting point for law or an organising principle but in terms of accountability. • We created you from male and female and made you into communities and tribes so that you may know one another. Verily, the noblest amongst you in the sight of God is the most pious” (Qur’an 49:13). •The Qur’an clearly states that Allah does not discriminate between genders: “I will not lose sight of any who labours in My Way, whether male or female, you are of one another '' (Qur’an 3:195). • Meaning Allah will judge us equally on the Day, based on our deeds. Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
March 6, 2020
How feminism justifies colonialism and war
• When western governments, colonised the Muslim world they understood that the only way to defeat Muslims was to get them to believe they were superior. • So they wanted to liberate Muslim women, the homemakers & educators and get them to venerate liberal ideas. • Liberation meant liberation from Islam. www.
February 28, 2020
Join The Thinking Muslim Book Club
As part of our podcasts, The Thinking Muslim and A Muslim Mom we have started reading as many books and essays about Liberalism, Feminism and Islam as an alternative to Liberalism, as we can get our hands on. There is so much thought-provoking material out there! Alhumdulilah we've been discovering so much! We decided to start The Thinking Muslim Book Club, as we want to share what we're learning and hear your thoughts too. This book club is dedicated to exploring issues in some more depth and untangling the complexities of the world around us. The club was created after we began delivering our first course, The Thinking Muslim's guide to Liberalism, in the UK. As part of the course we regularly posted accompanying reading material on google classroom. Attendees loved it! So we wanted to extend the book suggestions to a wider audience. The plan is to select and read a book every 2 months, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). The journey to becoming a thinker is exciting! we will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but we would love for this to collectively grow into something amazing. If you're ready to broaden your thinking, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. we would be honoured! Wasalam Farhat Amin
February 22, 2020
What does it mean to be a Muslim Feminist?
Can I be a Muslim feminist? Are Islam and feminism compatible? Liberal societies say they believe in freedom of religion; however, they constantly undermine Islam. They sow the seeds of doubt in our minds by intentionally misrepresenting Islamic laws relating to Muslim women. Feminism is presented to us as an alternative viewpoint, it’s progressive, empowering and liberating whereas Islam is archaic, restrictive and authoritarian. If you grew up in Liberal secular country you have been drip fed ideas such as freedom, equality and individualism. Without realising we became convinced they are universal truths and live by them. So, when we want to defend Islam’s record on women’s rights, we say, “Islam is a feminist religion” and “Islam does believe in equality” and before you know it, you’re declaring “I am a Muslim feminist” We use the principles of feminism to defend Islam. That doesn’t make sense. Let me explain. Feminists say they want women to have the same rights as men i.e. political rights, property rights, inheritance rights, right to divorce. Muslims hear this and say, before Islam came to the Arabs of Mecca, women had very few rights and then Allah revealed ayahs of Quran to prophet Muhammad (saw), which gave women all of these rights so therefore, Prophet Muhammad (saw) was a feminist and Islam supports feminist ideals. But this reasoning doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. If Islam really believes in equality, then why according to Quran and Sunnah. Is the husband the head of the household and it’s his duty to work and provide for the family? Whereas the wife is given the role of homemaker and has no obligation to spend her wealth on her family? This well-established Islamic view of family structure is the opposite of Feminism’s stance on equality. We can find many examples, and non-Muslims also point out Islamic rules that do not coincide with equality. For example Why are there only male prophets? Why can a woman not be the leader of an Islamic government, Caliph? Why do women have to wear khimar and jilbab, men don’t? Why do we have male imams leading salah in masjids and women have to pray behind men? Continue reading 
February 10, 2020
Why are our daughters becoming Muslim feminists?
Why are our daughters becoming Muslim feminists? Are you concerned that your daughter is becoming a bit too liberal and losing her Islamic identity? Listen to the podcast here There is no doubt that as mothers we want the best for our kids - but the older they become, the more freedom they have, exposing them to a world that we can no longer protect them from. From secondary school to college, to university. Your mind jumps to a million different thoughts about what ideas your impressionable daughter could be influenced by, and what she could become. One of those ideas, embellished and promoted under the guise of female empowerment, equality, and women’s choice; is feminism. Read the full post here.
January 24, 2020
Season 4 Trailer: Mental Health and Islam
Have you noticed how Mental health is now in the spotlight, especially in the UK & US 10 yrs ago it wasn't on the radar, so I’m wondering why? Do you think possibly it could be because in the US there has been a 400% increase in antidepressant use from 1988- 2008? Or because 41k Americans commit suicide every year? Oh and let me tell you, the UK is catching up pretty fast with the US, unfortunately. Naturally, health professionals  are concerned and  they want their governments to fund more research and start tackling this problem seriously. Of course we know they will come up with solutions based on their beliefs, so being secular they will mainly look to science to solve the problem. However there does seem to be a shift towards seeing the benefits of Yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices, which originates from Hinduism and Buddhism. So western nations are realising that they don’t have all the answers. It’s interesting to note that studies have shown, the rate of suicide is lower in poor countries compared to wealthier countries and they poorer countries have a higher rate of perceived meaning in life. As Muslims living in secular, liberal societies we are not immune from mental health issues. Could it be that maybe we suffer from a reluctance to admit we don’t know how to deal with stress, grief, depression or trauma. So we don’t take out time for ourselves to try to understand what is causing us to not have peace of mind. In addition we don’t take the time to find solutions i.e spiritual, conceptual or medical to help us get emotionally better. So in season 4 of A Muslim Mom podcast I want to explore the complex issue of mental health What are the issues causing us stress where we feel we are not able to cope with life. I want us to question what ideas have we allowed to take residence in our minds but are in conflict with our natural fitra. Who are you letting influence you that is causing you emotional turmoil. Based on my own recent experiences of losing my father and my son, my saviour has been to shift my thinking from relying on myself to relying on Allah and so I will be exploring the Islamic narrative on how to gain meaning and purpose and peace of mind when you are feeling overwhelmed. It really does work! I believe secular liberals could learn life changing lessons from our Islamic perspective on mental health, if only they were more open-minded and less intolerant. So,I'm genuinely excited about this topic because I’ve been reading and learning a lot and inshallah, by Allah’s grace and mercy I want to share what I have learnt with you.  Inshallah let’s remember each other in our duas. Your sister Farhat Amin
January 15, 2020
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January 10, 2020
Is hijab a choice or have we been sold a feminist slogan?
Do you like the podcast?  Do you find the Islamic advice in the podcast helpful?  Would you like to support my work?  Please tell your friends and family about A Muslim Mom Podcast  You can donate using the link below, all donations will only be used to promote the podcast to a wider audience  email  When I was a freshman in college, I have to admit: I was in my feminist phase back then. I had completely bought into the idea that “ hijab is a choice,” that it was all about “freedom,” that it made me “empowered.” So is hijab a choice or is that just a feminist slogan? Listen to the podcast here Muslim women at Harvard discuss is hijab a choice?  I was interviewed by a fellow Egyptian Muslim girl at Harvard (let’s call her Sara) about my experience with hijab. It was a group interview setting where Sara interviewed me as well as a few of my Muslim friends, asking each of us why we abided by the rules of hijab. She published the result of the interview as an article in the campus newspaper, the Harvard Crimson.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, it was a trap. I found this out only when I read her article after it was published. It turns out that Sara had a bone to pick with Muslims who insisted on following the Islamic guidelines for dress. She began her article with a story about how when she went back to Egypt for a summer visit once, an older Egyptian woman, a stranger, chastised her for wearing in public a short shirt that showed her midriff. Sara angrily recounted how she was incensed by this incident.  How dare anyone tell her how to dress! In America, nobody would ever dare do such a thing! But in backwards Islamic-law-adhering countries like Egypt, apparently a random strange woman on the street had no qualms about violating personal autonomy and policing another woman’s dress or public behavior. The nerve! So the semester after her summer in Egypt, Sara found herself a group of Muslim girls at Harvard whom she could interview about why they dressed as they did. Her article was a scathing review of the oppressiveness of the Islamic dress code and the naivety of the females, like me, who followed it.  At college I was a Muslim feminist Looking back at this incident, I am not as bothered by Sara’s vindictive setup of an interview as much as I am by my own incoherently feminist answers to the question of why I wore the hijab. I have to admit: I was in my feminist phase back then, much to my chagrin. I had completely bought into the idea that “the hijab is a choice,” that it was all about “freedom,” that it made me “empowered.” I wince now in embarrassment to remember that these cliché feminist talking points about hijab were part of my answer to her question of why I wear it. I proudly parroted back the stuff I’d heard other American Muslim women say hijab was about: Hijab is not mandatory—it is a choice! See, I’m not oppressed like you think! I chose to don this piece of fabric on my head out of my own free will and it is a sign of my unfettered personal agency.  Hijab is all about freedom! Wearing it makes me free of the oppressive gaze of men. It gives me the freedom to go about my life in public unburdened with the sexualization that can result with showing too much skin. Covering my body in this way is a way for me to gain freedom, you see. Hijab makes me feel empowered! I wear it to show my independence and power as a proud Muslim woman who is not scared of others, of being different, or of expressing my ethnic or religious heritage! America is a melting pot! Read full article here The intro jingle has no musical instruments just vocals
December 27, 2019
Feminism and Family
In this episode I wanted to look at the effect feminism has had on how women view family, marriage and motherhood. Do you like the podcast?  Do you find the Islamic advice in the podcast helpful? Would you like to support my work? Please tell your friends and family about A Muslim Mom Podcast You can donate using the link below, all donations will only be used to promote the podcast to a wider audience email Contributors  Amina, instagram name: hidden_ukt , Listen to her podcast Yours Truly jzk farhat
December 14, 2019
Why I am not a Feminist
Do you like the podcast?  Do you find the Islamic advice in the podcast helpful? Would you like to support my work? Please tell your friends and family about A Muslim Mom Podcast You can donate using the link below, all donations will only be used to promote the podcast to a wider audience Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel jzk Farhat 
November 29, 2019
Discussion with Nour Goda exploring whether islam and feminism are mutually exclusive and it’s detrimental affects on the identity of Muslim women. Nour Goda Is a Muslim Arab American and native of New York. She is of Palestinian and Syrian descent. Nour writes and speaks about the topics of ,faith crises, feminism, race politics, from an Islamically-informed perspective. Nour has delivered lectures at numerous American universities and Islamic conferences including the recent conference “Fortifying the Muslim Mind” You can listen to her talks via her website Please subscribe to my channel to receive updates for every podcast episode. Get the links for previous podcast episodes here  Get Involved, help spread the word
November 22, 2019
Gender Equality and Feminism
Should we want gender equality? Equality is presented as an ideal we should be striving for, so in this week's podcast I'm exploring whether gender equality in particular is a goal worth working for. Feminists define themselves as: An advocate for social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. You can listen to Episode 1, Feminism Exposed here. Links to all the videos and articles mentioned in the podcast can be found here Subscribe so you never miss an episode! Feedback and questions, email  Get Involved, help spread the word 
November 8, 2019
Feminism exposed: unveiling the truth behind Feminist slogans
Blog posts and Podcast Feedback email Get Involved, help spread the word  Would you like to understand what feminism really is? Do you agree with the feminist slogans you hear, but you don't agree with everything they say? Have you wondered if feminism and Islam are compatible? Are you concerned that your daughter is adopting feminist ideas? In this episode, you will find the answers you have been looking for, inshallah. Here's a breakdown of the episode: 1. Liberal origins of feminism explained. 2. What happened during first wave feminism, second wave feminism and third wave feminism. 3. What are the predominant feminist ideas in 2019. 4. Excerpts from PUBLIC DEBATE: IS IT WRONG NOT TO IDENTIFY AS FEMINIST? - Muslim speaker Zara Faris. Please share, subscribe and send your feedback to Read the blog post and get all the links mentioned in the podcast here
November 1, 2019
Season 3 Trailer: Why we need to talk about Islam and Feminism
Season 3 will be exploring the topic of Islam and Feminism Are they compatible? Stay tuned to find out inshallah Blog posts and Podcast email Get Involved, help spread the word 
October 29, 2019
Do you need help, getting your kids off their smartphones?
Blog posts and Podcast Feedback email Get Involved, help spread the word  Are you worried that your child spends more time on their devices than with you? Do you think they’re obsessed with their (or your) smartphones: your little one’s watching YouTube cartoons or playing games non-stop, and the older one is looking at it every few minutes, texting friends all the time, checking to see how many “likes” they’ve got after they’ve posted on social media, refusing to put their phones to one side round the dinner table? Well, I share your concerns – and so do many other parents. Too often, we have no choice but to accessorise our children with laptops and smartphones in this gadget-filled world, so we have to take responsibility for their disciplined behaviour and moderation in their use as well. We buy our kids gadgets to keep them safe, help them with their homework and to keep them out of our hair but we probably didn’t foresee all the problems they can cause. As parents, we can definitely take steps to change this situation. Will it be hard? Yes. Is it impossible? No. In this weeks podcast I give practical advice to help you curb your child’s smartphone addiction You can purchase the accompanying book here: How To Manage Your Child's  Smartphone Addiction If you have any questions or suggestions for future episodes send me an email, I love getting feedback please email
October 10, 2019
Why does Islam have so many rules?
Blog posts and Podcast email Get Involved, help spread the word  Have your kids ever asked you: Why is everything haram? Why is Islam so strict? Is this something that you have heard? Let's explore why Muslim youth can view Islam as a burden. Where are these ideas coming from? We need to understand the source, then we can address them and provide a convincing answer and help our teenagers who are feeling disgruntled. How to answer the question: Why does Islam have so many rules? So, here is the way I would answer this question. Inshallah, please read it carefully, once you have understood it, adapt it to your child, then have a calm discussion with them. You’ll probably have several discussions and that’s a good thing. Begin with some questions: Do you go to school? Do you line up in the canteen for lunch? Do you dress in a certain way? i.e. school uniform or socially accepted clothes Do you stop at a crossing when the traffic lights turn green? Do you follow social codes when you interact with people? Do you pay for items you buy at the shops? These are all actions you carry out. Rules that you follow routinely without thinking about it every day. Do you think they are restrictive? Do's and don'ts that are preventing you from having fun? Maybe you do think they are a pain, but you do follow the rules because deep down you know if you want to get ahead in life and function in society you have to abide by these rules. Imagine a school without rules: learning would not happen. Imagine a country without laws: chaos would ensue, criminals would go unpunished. Imagine a family without rules: individualism and disrespect would prevail. If you think about it, your whole life is governed by rules and laws for example: school rules, exam rules, coursework deadlines, specific school holiday dates. workplace rules, answering to a boss, work dress code. Do you have a choice when it comes to obeying rules? We all have a choice whether we obey the rules or not. If we do not obey the rules in society, there are consequences and punishments. Every society has laws and rules, that they have decided to organise society. If you choose to disobey the rules you will be classed as a criminal. When we think about these rules placed on us by our local council and government, we think they are necessary, useful, they ensure everything runs smoothly. So why do you feel that the rules you have to follow in Islam are strict, but the rules you follow socially and at school, they are not authoritarian? Read the full article with links and references: Why does Islam have so many rules? Email your comments: BELIEF IN ALLAH, THE QURAN AND PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAW) Book mentioned in the podcast If you have any questions or suggestions for future episodes send me an email, I love getting feedback please email
October 1, 2019
Kamala Khan: Muslim Superhero?
Blog posts and Podcast Feedback email Get Involved, help spread the word  Farhat Amin explores whether Kamala Khan is a positive role model for impressionable young  Muslim girls? Marvel Studios recently announced that the character Kamala Khan also known as Ms. Marvel will have her own TV series on Disney Plus. When Marvel first unveiled Kamala Khan, she was met with widespread positive reactions online. “She “normalizes this idea of the American experience as Muslim. " Al Jazeera America  This type of optimistic reaction occurs because Muslims think it’s good that a Muslim character is being positively represented in mainstream media. Whilst Muslim women tend to feature more in the media than our male counterparts, this phenomenon is not limited to one demographic. Throughout modern history, many minority groups have sought prominent positions of leadership or fame to increase their influence and acquire acceptance. It is based on this idea that Muslims, especially visibly Muslim women, are encouraged to seek out and embrace platforms that will let them be seen by millions as “normal” people, to defuse hatred and fear. Who Created Kamala Khan? Created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie. Who Is Kamala Khan? Kamala is a Muslim-American teenager growing up in Jersey City. What Are Kamala Khan’s Powers? Kamala Khan gained shape-shifting powers when a strange Terrigen Mist descended upon the city, awakening her Inhuman genes. Why Has Marvel Created A Muslim, Female Superhero, Now? In her Ted Talk, Amanat stated that “the big idea behind Ms.Marvel [was] very much about minority representation, the bigger idea was about finding your authentic self”. While creating the comic, she drew on her own experience as the child of Pakistani immigrants in the New Jersey suburbs in hopes that the next generation will not experience identity rejection as she did through a relatable superhero. Numerous young and ethnic letter writers were excited to see Kamala Khan who looked like them and came from a similar background. I don’t doubt Amanat’s intentions however Marvel is in the business of making money. They made $5 billion in 2019. They are constantly looking for new untapped audiences to exploit not ‘represent’. Talk of “minority representation” and “authentic self” is perfect PR for Marvel. They understand how lucrative it is for them globally to tap into all ethnic and cultural markets. In 2018, they saw the success of making a movie with a black superhero. ‘Black Panther’ Becomes Top-Grossing Superhero Film So now they want to see if they can cash in on the “Muslim Pound” by creating a relatable Asian Muslim superhero.  Continue reading
August 30, 2019
Should you let your sons or daughters live on campus at university?
Blog posts and Podcast Feedback join my telegram channel Get Involved, help spread the word  "Not alike are the dwellers of the Fire and the dwellers of the Paradise. It is the dwellers of Paradise that will be successful." (Quran 59:20) Allah tells us in the Quran that the people of the fire and the people of the garden are not alike. It is those who live in the garden that are the successful ones. A beautiful end that finishes in an eternal home of happiness is the reward for a successful life. Bearing this ayah in mind, how then do we understand what a successful life is? Do we achieve success by doing well in our exams and getting a high paid job? As mothers what understanding of success are, we giving our children? Just how does Islam define success? Nowadays, we are persuaded to think of success as a spacious house, an overseas holiday or fame, and fortune. People work hard for these small successes and they are not to be belittled. There's nothing wrong with wanting a 1st class degree or well-paid job however we need to teach our children that such successes are temporary. The only things you can take with you to the grave are your deeds. Anas ibn Malik reported Prophet Muhammad said, "Three things follow the dead person to his grave, two of which return and one of which remains with him. His family, money, and deeds accompany him [to the grave], then his family and wealth return and his deeds stay with him." Sahih al-Bukhari Read the full blog post here Sign up to the VIP CLUB Today!
August 23, 2019
What's causing our sons and daughters to have doubts about Islam? Part 2
Blog posts and Podcast Feedback email Get Involved, help spread the word  In part 1, I explored the reasons why Muslim teenagers lose their connection to Islam due to their parents/grandparents emigrating from a Muslim country. The detrimental effects of ‘immigrant assimilation’ on our kids, can easily go undetected, I only realised it when I began studying the topic. In this post, I want to explore some other factors that are contributing to making our kids think and behave more liberally. A Lack Of Muslim Friends Or Good Muslim Friends Alhamdulilah, globally the Muslim population is enormous. According to a study in 2015, Islam has 1.9 billion adherents, making up about 24.8% of the world population. This data is four years old, as you know, we Muslims love having babies, so the figure is probably 2 billion now! Although we are huge, in Europe and the US, we are a minority. If you don’t live near a masjid or have a Muslim community nearby then your kids can’t attend Quran classes/ Islamic studies classes where they can become friends with other Muslim teenagers. Whether you like it or not your teenager’s friends have a bigger influence on them then you do. Hadith About Friends Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, (saw), said, “A man is upon the religion of his best friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” Tirmidhī Abu Musa reported: The Prophet, (saw), said, “Verily, the parable of good company and a bad company is only that of a seller of musk and a blacksmith. The seller of musk will give you some perfume, you will buy some, or you will notice a good smell. As for the blacksmith, he will burn your clothes, or you will notice a bad smell.” Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhāri As a high school teacher, I noticed the different cliques that formed in year groups. These friendship groups would have the same ‘look’, speak the same, go to the same parties, listen to similar music. Basically, follow a set of unwritten rules, if you wanted to be part of the group you would have to conform. But I think we all know this; we’ve watched the movies and once upon a time we were teenagers. So, if our kids don’t have good Muslim friends then unfortunately, they end up mimicking (in varying degrees) their non-Muslim friends’ behaviour. i.e. gossiping, dating, swearing, disrespecting their parents and teachers, dressing immodestly, experimenting with marijuana. Our kids are under a lot of pressure to behave like an average non-Muslim teenager. Maybe you’re thinking, my child doesn’t do that, and inshallah I hope you’re right, and I am wrong. However, again as a high school teacher I witnessed the chameleonic behaviour of Muslim teenagers when they came to parents evening with their family. It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic... Read the full blog post here If you have any questions or suggestions for future episodes send me an email, I love getting feedback please email
August 9, 2019
What causes Muslim teenagers to doubt Islam? Part 1
Blog posts and Podcast Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel Get Involved, help spread the word  As Muslim parents, we teach our kids about their deen. We do the best we can to create an Islamic atmosphere in our home. We send them to madrasah or Masjid to learn Quran. Things generally are ok until they become teenagers: that's when the problems start. As kids become older and go through puberty it's natural for them to be curious and ask questions. They begin to think independently and question everything.  Why do I have to study so much? Why do I have to tidy my room? What's wrong with being on my phone till 1 a.m. in the morning? Some questions will also be about Islam. Why do I have to wear a hijab? I don't think it's fair that I should have to fast when I have exams. Why can't I sleepover at my non-Muslim friend's house? I don't think it is a problem that Muslim teenagers ask these questions. I think it's a problem when we can't give them a clear answer which is based on Islam. Messages from awesome listeners Salam, I have listened to a ‘Muslim Mum podcast’ and just wanted to say it was really refreshing to hear someone talk about cultural and Islamic heritage. As a Pakistani, I understand there are some Pakistani traditions that originate from Indian/ Hindu practices, however, a lot of the traditions we choose to have are in line with Islam. So it was really nice to hear someone else make a link between Islam and traditional practices, for example, Shalwar kameez is traditional but I would consider them a lot more modest than the clothes our youth wears today (skinny jeans, short tops etc). So just wanted to say thank you, and I’m really enjoying the content! Rida I love this article. We are all Muslim first but Allah SWT created us in different tribes and races and we should celebrate that too, it’s a gift to us but in the west sometimes our teenagers feel the need to suppress their actual racial identity to fit it. Racism/colorism also has a part to play too bubbling away in the background. Shan
July 31, 2019
Season 2: Trailer
Asalamualaikum friends and welcome to "A Muslim Mom Podcast". I am your host Farhat Amin and this series is all about the joys and challenges of life as a muslim mom, and the teachings of Islam that leads us as we grow, and fail, and adapt throughout every new season of motherhood. Listen to all the Muslim podcast episodes Read the Muslim parenting articles on my blog Get Involved, help spread the word 
June 30, 2019
Ramadan Podcast 2
Salams!  This is a 3 part episode Part 1: Ramadan moon sighting, why we don't need to disagree Part 2: Hadith on Gratitude: Take advantage of five blessings before you are deprived Part 3: Ertugrul : why you should watch it! You can listen to previous episodes and take a look at my parenting resources at Get in touch, Get Involved, help spread the word 
May 10, 2019
Ramadan 2019 Podcast 1
Blog posts and Podcast Feedback email Get Involved, help spread the word  Salams!  This is a 3 part episode Part 1: What is your Ramadan mindset and how to get in the mood for Ramadan?  Part 2: How to be organized and productive this Ramadan Part 3: Why I created the course: Ramadan Made Easy for kids You can listen to previous episodes and take a look at my parenting resources at Get in touch,
May 3, 2019
Muslim role models: who's yours?
Blog posts and Podcast email Get Involved, help spread the word  Salams!  This is a 2 part episode We all have Muslim role models in our life. There are many Muslim celebs, it's easy to just follow them without thinking. So what makes a good female Muslim role model? In this episode of A Muslim Mom Podcast I explore: Part 1: Where do we get our role models from?  Abu Mūsa al-Ash‘ari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The example of the righteous companion and the evil companion is like that of the musk-seller and the one who blows the bellows. As for the musk-seller, he will either give you some as a present, or you will buy some from him, or you will just receive a good smell from him. Whereas the one blowing the bellows will either burn your clothes, or you will receive a nasty smell from him.” Explanation In this Hadīth, our Messenger (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) urges the Muslim to necessarily choose good companionship, informing that the example of the righteous companion is like that of the musk-seller; who will either give you some of it free of charge, or you will buy some from him, or you will just get a good smell from him. Regarding the evil companion, he is as the one blowing bellows; who will either burn your clothes by the flying sparks of fire, or you will get a bad smell from him.  The above mentioned Ayah clearly indicates that the liking of the Almighty for anyone is dependent on the criterion that how much one pursues the way of life of His Messenger ﷺ, Who mission was to let people know of worshiping One God and preaching about morality and justice. It means that one cannot dream of attaining the love of Allah until or unless it completely adheres to all the teachings of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Anas bin Malik (R.A) reported: A Bedouin came to Messenger (PBUH) of Allah and said to him, “When will be the Hour (i.e., the Day of Resurrection)?” He (the Prophet PBUH) said, “What preparation have you made for it?” He said, “Only the love of Allah and His Messenger (PBUH).” Then Messenger (PBUH) of Allah said, “You will be with those whom you love.” (Bukhari and Muslim) The narration in Muslim is: The man replied: “I have made no significant preparation with regard to Salat (prayer), Saum (fasting) and Sadaqah (charity) but I love Allah and His Messenger”. In light of the this Hadith, the decisive factor for one`s success on the Day of Judgment is how much one has prepared for it through its actions. Most of the Muslims nowadays think of succeeding eventually only by claiming the love of Allah and His Prophet ﷺ, which is not true. It must also be accompanied with accomplishment of all obligatory deeds that have been prescribed for the Muslims. That is why Raulullah ﷺ enquired the man what he had actually arranged for Akhirah (the Last Day). In the end, Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ tells Bedouin that he would be with those he loves on the Day of Resurrection, which actually calls for much more than just loving but actually following them too.
April 5, 2019
How to encourage your kids to pray salah
Salams!  Part 1: Why you should be praying salah regularly Part 2: Details about a brand NEW course I've created: How to create a Salah Routine for Kids, you can sign up here You can listen to previous episodes and take a look at my parenting resources at Blog posts and Podcast Get Involved, help spread the word  Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel Prayer, or Salat, was made obligatory for all Muslims, whether they be rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white, male or female. Prayer allows the believer to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator, Allah. “Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but I, so worship Me and offer prayer perfectly for My remembrance.” [Quran, Taha, 13-14] The importance of prayer is conveyed constantly in the Quran and was also stressed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “Know that among your duties, prayer is foremost”. The performance of prayer five times a day is considered vital to attain success in this life and the hereafter. Following the testimony of faith, the performance of the prayers at their correct times and complete in bowings, prostrations and humility, will guarantee forgiveness from God and everlasting paradise. Muslims believe that the first matter that they will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of their deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad. Prayer provides a constant reminder of the essence of our creation and provides a direct connection to Allah, who linked success and felicity to humility in prayer. It emphasizes the proximity between religion and daily life. Life, from an Islamic standpoint, is to be directed to Allah. Life is an opportunity for worship and the remembrance of Allah. Praying repeatedly throughout the day and interrupting the daily activities brings about the realization of this concept. The believer, through prayer, acquires a spiritual awareness that he takes with him throughout all of life’s endeavors. Prayer purifies the heart and truly, through Prayer, a believer attains spiritual devotion and moral elevation. Prayer not only gives a deep connection with God, but in prayer one establishes patience, humility and sincerity. Prayer provides a means of repentance and is a restrainer from shameful and unjust deeds. This is portrayed through the following saying of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “That is like the five daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” (From the Hadeeth collections of Al-Bukhari and Muslim.) Praying five times a day engages the believer in constant remembrance of God and keeps him away from any unjust deeds and leads him only to deeds that will earn the pleasure of God. It is through prayer that one really finds inner peace and fulfillment. It is also a source of patience, courage, hope, confidence, inner peace, stability, equality, unity and an expression of thankfulness to God.
March 22, 2019
Why do we compare ourselves to other Moms?
Salams!  This is a 3 part episode Part 1: Who is Farhat Amin? Part 2: Do you compare yourself to other mommies? Does it make you feel happier? Part 3: Sharing a Hadith that has changed my life, for real! You can listen to previous episodes and take a look at my parenting resources at Blog posts and Podcast Get Involved, help spread the word  Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel
March 14, 2019
You are an AWESOME Muslim Mom!
This episode explores the status of mothers in Islam, the Quran, and Hadith on motherhood and why modern society undervalues mums. Here are some of the beautiful ayah and Hadith describing the blessed status of mothers in Islam.  Blog posts and Podcast Get Involved, help spread the word  Send feedback & questions by joining the  telegram channel The Quran on motherhood 1. "We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth" (46:15). 2. "Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood' "(17:23-24). 3. "We have enjoined on man and woman kindness to parents; but if they (either of them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me anything of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not'" (29:8). 4. "We have enjoined on man and woman (to be good) to his/her parents; show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is (thy final) Goal. If they (parents) strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love)" (31:14-15 Hadith about mothers 1. The Prophet Muhammad said, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him: Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother (Ahmad, Nasai). 2. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim). 3. Abu Usaid Saidi said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends (Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah). 4. Abdullah ibn Amr related that the Messenger of Allah said: The major sins are to believe that Allah has partners, to disobey one's parents, to commit murder, and to bear false witness (Bukhari, Muslim). 5. It is narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr that during the treaty of Hudaibiyah, her mother, who was then pagan, came to see her from Makkah. Asma informed the Messenger of Allah of her arrival and also that she needed help. He said: Be good to your mother (Bukhari, Muslim).
January 28, 2019