Letter: Fareha Hamid, Ashburn

Editor: The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) once said that “Paradise lies under the feet of mothers.” After becoming a mother I began to understand what this actually means.

I have learned that being a mother entails making endless sacrifices starting from before her child even comes into this world. Mothers spend sleepless nights, trying to cajole their little ones to sleep. They skip meals and go hungry themselves, all the while ensuring their picky eaters fill their tummies. Being a mother also includes exercising patience through temper tantrums, crying bouts and stubborn streaks. I do everything in my power to ensure the safety and well-being of my child, yet each night I find myself still feeling guilty for falling short as a parent.

Despite making all kinds of sacrifices, my heart and my entire being are at peace. I owe this feeling of contentment to the teachings of my beautiful religion and the Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him), Islam has taught me invaluable virtues such as patience, sacrifice, thankfulness, and proper moral upbringing of children.

It is true that parents do not always feel rewarded but the real rewards come after putting in our utmost and sincere effort towards our children’s lives. When our children find positive role models in their parents, not only will their lives be full of peace, but so will our homes and society as a whole. This attainment of contentment and peace is the Paradise that makes all the difficulties, sacrifices and challenges worthwhile.

I owe this teaching to my faith, the religion of Islam. Islam means “peace” and it teaches believers the pathway to achieving peace in their homes, and spreading it to their communities and society.  It is the Holy Prophet of Islam, who elevated the status of mothers, due to their endless sacrifices and efforts.

I believe that Islam celebrates every day as Mother’s Day.

Fareha Hamid, Ashburn


2 thoughts on “Letter: Fareha Hamid, Ashburn

  • 2019-05-09 at 12:49 pm

    I find little use for Islam and I have zero tolerance for those who would use the Koran as a list of excuses for crimes against humanity.

    • 2019-05-12 at 10:37 am

      As you can see, the word Islam means peace and peace is what Islam and the Quran teach. People who use the Quran as excuse for crimes against humanity are themselves ignorant about the teachings of the Quran. They have their own political or other motives. Islam teaches compassion and service to humanity.

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