A Muslim Mom

A Muslim Mom

By Farhat Amin
A Muslim podcast series for mothers & muslim women. Farhat Amin is a proud Muslim mum & entrepreneur. She designs positive Islamic parenting resources. A Muslim Mom Podcast & blog is about helping Muslim mothers understand their Islamic identity. Surah Asr was the inspiration for the podcast. "By Time. The human being is in loss. Except those who believe, and do good works, and encourage truth, and recommend patience.” Listener comments "I loved your recent podcast about modesty & hijab" Jennifer "Alhamdulillah! I found them really helpful, will try & implement your suggestions" Sara
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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! https://farhatamin.com/the-thinking-muslim-book-club/ Wasalam Farhat Amin info@farhatamin.com
08:04
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 
24:01
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. https://farhatamin.com/why-are-our-daughters-becoming-feminists/
27:15
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 https://farhatamin.com/muslim-podcast/. https://blog.feedspot.com/muslim_podcasts/
05:25
January 15, 2020
Can Muslim women have a happy balanced family life and a successful career?
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 https://www.patreon.com/amuslimmom email info@farhatamin.com Do you think 21st century mothers can have it all?  What do I mean by ‘ have it all?’  Can women have a happy balanced family life & a successful career? Let me tell you why this question is important. In 2012 Anne-Marie Slaughter an American international lawyer, wrote a now famous article titled  Why Women Still Can’t Have It All “It’s time to stop fooling ourselves,'' says Slaughter who left a well paid job and a position of power: “the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed.” As we know Islam permits women to work outside the home as long as we are not neglecting our primary role, which is to take care of the home and well being of our family. According to a saying of the Prophet: "Take care: each of you is a shepherd and each of you shall be asked concerning his flock. A leader is shepherd over (his) people, and he shall be asked concerning his flock; and a man is a shepherd over the people of his house, and he shall be asked concerning his flock; and a woman is a shepherd over the house of her husband and over his children, and she shall be asked concerning them; and the servant of a man is a shepherd 18 over the property of his master, and he shall be asked concerning it. Take care, then, each of you is a shepherd and each of you shall be asked concerning his flock." (Hadith from Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi.) Sue Palmer, a former UK primary headteacher, writer and ‘childhood campaigner’ writes in her eye-opening book 21st Century Girls: how the modern world is damaging our daughters and what we can do about it. “Over the last 40 years as women's earnings have been absorbed into the economy and the dual income family is now the norm. For mum's bringing up children on their own they often have no alternative but to work. If you don’t have extended family or friends close by to help, or your husband works as well, this can mean you have to put your young child into daycare. This can cause anxiety and stress known as mum guilt.” I remember feeling that guilt when I was a high school teacher. Read full article here https://farhatamin.com/can-women-have-a-happy-balanced-family-life-a-successful-career/
57:36
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 https://www.patreon.com/amuslimmom  email info@farhatamin.com  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 https://farhatamin.com/is-hijab-a-choice/ The intro jingle has no musical instruments just vocals
37:44
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 https://www.patreon.com/amuslimmom email info@farhatamin.com Contributors  Amina, instagram name: hidden_ukt , Listen to her podcast Yours Truly jzk farhat
37:49
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 https://www.patreon.com/amuslimmom email info@farhatamin.com jzk farhat 
27:16
November 29, 2019
ARE ISLAM AND FEMINISM MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE?
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
43:11
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 https://farhatamin.com/muslim-podcast/ Subscribe so you never miss an episode! Feedback and questions, email info@farhatamin.com  Get Involved, help spread the word 
28:38
November 8, 2019
Feminism exposed: unveiling the truth behind Feminist slogans
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com Feedback email info@farhatamin.com 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 info@farhatamin.com Read the blog post and get all the links mentioned in the podcast here
45:51
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 www.farhatamin.com email info@farhatamin.com Get Involved, help spread the word 
06:06
October 29, 2019
Do you need help, getting your kids off their smartphones?
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com Feedback email info@farhatamin.com 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 info@farhatamin.com
32:26
October 10, 2019
Why does Islam have so many rules?
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com email info@farhatamin.com 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: info@farhatamin.com 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 info@farhatamin.com
18:52
October 1, 2019
Kamala Khan: Muslim Superhero?
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com Feedback email info@farhatamin.com 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. qarawiyyinproject.com 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. wikipedia.org 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 https://farhatamin.com/kamala-khan/
26:11
August 30, 2019
Should you let your sons or daughters live on campus at university?
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com Feedback email info@farhatamin.com 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 www.farhatamin.com Sign up to the VIP CLUB Today!
22:53
August 23, 2019
What's causing our sons and daughters to have doubts about Islam? Part 2
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com Feedback email info@farhatamin.com 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. www.pewresearch.org. 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 www.farhatamin.com If you have any questions or suggestions for future episodes send me an email, I love getting feedback please email info@farhatamin.com
36:07
August 9, 2019
What causes Muslim teenagers to doubt Islam? Part 1
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com Feedback email info@farhatamin.com Get Involved, help spread the word  As a Muslim parent, 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 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.   www.farhatamin.com info@farhatamin.com 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 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 / colourism also has a part to play too bubbling away in the background. Shan
36:11
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 https://farhatamin.com/a-muslim-mom-podcast-blog/ Read the Muslim parenting articles on my blog  https://farhatamin.com/a-muslim-mom-podcast-blog/ Get Involved, help spread the word 
05:15
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 www.farhatamin.com Get in touch, info@farhatamin.com Get Involved, help spread the word 
30:07
May 10, 2019
Ramadan 2019 Podcast 1
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com Feedback email info@farhatamin.com 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 www.farhatamin.com Get in touch, info@farhatamin.com
01:05
May 3, 2019
Muslim role models: who's yours?
Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com email info@farhatamin.com 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.
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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 www.farhatamin.com Blog posts and Podcast email info@farhatamin.com Get Involved, help spread the word  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, 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.
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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 www.farhatamin.com Blog posts and Podcast www.farhatamin.com email info@farhatamin.com Get Involved, help spread the word 
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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 under values mums. Here are some of the beautiful ayah and Hadith describing the blessed status of mothers in Islam.  Blog posts and Podcast  www.farhatamin.com  Feed back :email info@farhatamin.com Get Involved, help spread the word  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).
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January 28, 2019