Jameela from Sydney, Australia is the next contributor to the GLOBAL MUSLIM MUMMY series. Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is one of the most populous cities in Australia. It is located on Australia’s east coast, and is considered a large the metropolis, which surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour.
1. How many children do you have, and how old are they?
2 children, 13 and 10
2. What was your first reaction when you found out you were going to be a mum?
Alhamdulillah, grateful to Allah
3. What was the most difficult part of your pregnancy?
4. How did you decide on your childrens names?
I wanted them to have good Islamic names, so we chose the names of Prophets of Allah
5. How would you describe your parenting style?
Attachment, I always felt forming a great relationshiip with my children was the best way, even when I didn’t know what attachment parenting was. Now that I’ve read a bit about it I don’t totally agree with it as western attachment parenting breastfeed their children ect.
6. What has been the most challenging part of being a parent?
Not having enough time to spend with each child as I would like because of other duties such as housework and then later when they’re older, work.
7. What’s been the most rewarding part of being a parent?
The close relationship that we have and the love.
8. How does being a Muslim influence your parenting decisions?
It influences all decisions as my aim is to raise them to be righteous practicing Muslims
9. How do you instill Islamic identity into your children, in terms of lifestyle, education ect?
Read and tell them stories from Quran and hadeeth, discuss Islamic issues, teach Islamic values and ibadah, their father take them to the mosques to pray maghrib and or isha, take them to juma prayers,
10. As a parent, what is the most oft-repeated dua that you make for your children?
Dua of Prophet Ibrahim – Quraan 14:40
O my Lord make me one who establishes prayer and also among my offspring. O our Lord accept my prayer.
11. What advice would you offer to other parents?
Teach your children from when they’re young. Don’t leave it too late. Spend quality time with each child to build a great relationship.
12. And to end off on a ligter note, share with us your favourite parenting quote/joke/meme ?
Jameela is a fellow blogging mum, and you can find her blog at: www.ilmaeducation.com
Shukran for sharing Jameela, and Im certainly going to try the whispering tactic! 😀 lol