Is It Allowed for My Mother to Give Preference to Me Over My Brothers in Her Will?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: My beloved mother has always maintained that she wants to give her jewelry and property to me and not my brothers (I’m an only sister of 2 brothers). Can she do that? Answer: assalamu alaykum If other members who are entitled to the inheritance agree to this, it would […]

How Should I Deal With a Mentally Ill Mother?

Answered by Shaykh Umer Mian Question: As Salam Alaykum, My mother is seriously mentally ill. She fluctuates between emotional extremes. Because of this I have endured a lifetime of severe emotional abuse. I can’t go on living this way with her bullying me. What can I do? Answer: Wa alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu […]

Mother of "cucumber, not cooker bomb" toddler, in her own words

Editor’s note: In January 2016, a British Muslim mother was called in for a meeting by her 4 year-old son’s nursery school. The managers informed her that her little boy had been referred to a ‘de-radicalisation’ program after drawing what they alleged to be a ‘cooker bomb’. Shocked by the news, the mother reached out […]

Should I Listen to My Husband or My Mother?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Having been recently married, I am noticing a general conflict between the advices from my husband and my mother. I love both of them and do not wish to upset either of them. Should I obey to my husband or my mother? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, […]

How Can I Deal With My Difficult Mother in a Respectful Way?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: My mother has never been good at expressing her love towards me. Her behaviour has caused me a lot of pain. She forced me to marry a guy just because it would look good in the eyes of people and that marriage ruined my life. She lies all […]

Answering the Call: Carry the Future for Syrian Refugees

Year of Sadness To say that this past year or so has been difficult is an understatement.  My father passed away in August 2014 when my youngest son was only 11 weeks old. Navigating through my own intense grief while caring for my infant son and energetic 4 year old was more than I thought […]

Can My Brother Call My Stepmother Mom?

Answered by Ustadh Shuaib Ally Question: As salam alaikum, I grew up with my father, stepmother, stepsister, stepbrother, brother and sister. My sister and brother would call my stepmother mom. My stepsister would call my father Dad. In light of the following Hadith is it permissible to call them dad or mom when they are […]

I Can’t Stop Misbehaving With my Mother. What Can I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I have never been close to my mother.I always thought she is not good. She hurts my feelings and if she hits me I would hit her back.But now I have come to realize how bad it is to misbehave with my mother. I want to be a […]