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Help Your Kids Confront ‘The-P-Word’: Pornography, by Hina Khan-Mukhtar

“Hina?” The voice on the other end of the line was ragged; it was obvious the caller had been crying. I felt panic rise in my chest. “What’s wrong? What’s happened?” Pause. Deep breath. And then: “It came into my house last night.” And there it was. Without any need for elaboration, without any more […]

Raising Children With A Sound Heart – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

There is no doubt in my mind that children have to be raised with a deep, profound understanding of the heart. This is the essence of our deen and a central guiding principle when dealing with the actions of children. We have a policy at home, that if they tell the truth they don’t get in trouble. […]

Parenting: Planting the seeds of prayer in our young ones

Teaching our children and teenagers to perform obligatory prayers, and enforcing it, is a delicate and often stressful matter for families. What is the prophetic guidance on the matter? When and how is it best done? Parenting expert Hina Khan-Mukhtar sheds some light. I was driving a girlfriend to her house when my son Shaan called me […]

Creating Ramadan Traditions

When I reflect on my childhood memories of celebrating the blessed month of Ramadan while growing up in Southern California in the 1980’s, different images flash through my mind… Ammi playing the Holy Qur’an on the house intercom system at sahoor time. Scrambled eggs and shaami kabaabs frying before the sun came up. Abbu sitting in the upstairs hallway […]

Muslims Having Christmas Trees

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible for muslims to have a Christmas tree in their house? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, The Christmas tree is amongst things that would be a unique distinguishing characteristic of other religions or traditions and therefore it should be avoided. [Ibn Abidin, Nashr al-Urf; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; […]

Giving & Recieving Christmas Gifts

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible to receive Christmas-presents from one’s non-muslim family members, neighbors co-workers and the like? What about giving them? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, There is nothing wrong with accepting such presents, as they are not religious acts in themselves, but social customs. Keeping family ties, being good to […]