Did you know that there is a very considerable muslim population in Wales? According to a census in 2011, there were about 46,000 muslims in the country . The first purpose-built mosque was built in Cardiff in 1947. And today, Wales has about 40 mosques.
Sairish is a 25 yr old mum of 2 young children. She blogs at http://www.muslimmummyathome.blogspot.co.uk and is one of those more than 46,000 muslims who do in fact live in Wales. Here are her responses to our questions in the GLOBAL MUSLIM MUMMY series.
1. How many children do you have, and how old are they?
Ismail is 6 and Aishah is 4
2. What was your first reaction when you found out you were going to be a mum?
Shock and worry and elation
3. What was the most difficult part of your pregnancy?
Alhamduliah both my pregnancies were fairly easy compared to others, so I’d say just feeling heavy near the end
4. How did you decide on your childrens names?
Ismail’s name me and my mum decided on together after going through a few
Aishah’s name was because my hubby was moaning he wouldn’t have a say and said he liked Aishah so it was settled
5. How would you describe your parenting style?
Easy going most of the time with just the right amount of strictness haha
6. What has been the most challenging part of being a parent?
Answering questions that are too complicated for their little minds and also tantrums
7. What’s been the most rewarding part of being a parent?
Seeing them develop and people complimenting on how well behaved they are
8. How does being a Muslim influence your parenting decisions?
Alhamdulilah my 6 year old is very understanding (especially living in a predominantly non muslim area) But my children are both young , I think as they get older this will be more of a challenge
9. How do you instill Islamic identity into your children, in terms of lifestyle, education ect?
The identity comes easily as we live in a area that in which we are one of 2 muslim families. I ensure Ismail attends a quran lesson once a week and Aishah will be doing the same next year as she’s only 4 years old. I also have bought a quran stories for children book which is a great little starter into learning abot basic islamic principles and learning about the prophets etc
10. As a parent, what is the most oft-repeated dua that you make for your children?
“Oh Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes, and make us an example for the righteous” (quran 25:74)
11. What advice would you offer to other parents?
Don’t give in once you’ve said NO!
12. And to end off on a lighter note, share with us your favourite parenting quote/joke/meme ?
Jazakallah for sharing Sairish! Dont forget to visit her blog, should you like to find out more about her. And I have to admit, I am guilty of having done above…maybe not in a closet…but maybe in the garage! LOL 😀