Nations and Tribes

As the flowers start to bloom, and the chirping birds return, the jackets and heaters are being packed away, and the Little People are once again outdoors for much longer periods of time. Spring is most certainly here! And with it comes a host of outdoor sport and activities. 

This week, marked the beginning of cricket practice once again. As the boys excitedly greeted each other and their coaches after a long season off, and enthusiastically set off on the task of perfecting batting, bowling and fielding techniques, I did one of my favourite things.

Claiming a spot in the shade and catching up with the other mums. Talking to other mothers from such diverse cultures and backgrounds, yet all connected by that thread of parenthood, is very refreshing. Irrespective of different mindsets and methods in raising children, the common denominator still was that every parent wants the best for their children. And even more obvious, was the beginning of a new ‘culture’ where we are willing to break down traditional mindsets and ‘borrow’ ideas from other cultures. One of the best examples of this I’ve seen was in a musjid where, a young mum was struggling to perform her salaah with a tiny baby crying at her feet. A sister of African descent showed her how to tie her baby onto her back, and then she and her Little One were both well comforted and content. 

This bond of motherhood through the ages, and differences we may have, yet sharing the same abitions, reminds me of the verse of the Quraan where Allaah says in Surah Al-Hujurât, verse 13:

” O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa. Verily, Allâh is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” 


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