Building A Foundation

Alhamdulillah I have been Muslim for ten years now. I grew up in a household without religion but with a strong sense of spirituality. We were God-conscious but without a religious home. My father became a Muslim when I was eleven years old. I became a Muslim eleven years after him.

As Muslim parents, my husband and I are facing the challenge of establishing an Islamic tradition in our family. Alhamdulillah I see how blessed our son is to be brought up as a Muslim. In a way, insha’Allah, this will make things easier for him.

I have a lot of admiration for Muslim families that have a long Islamic tradition. Children growing up in these environments have their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all following the same religion. Insha’Allah many years from now our great-great grandchildren will be able to say the same thing.

Ramadan always reminds me that my husband and I are building an Islamic foundation for our future generations. We are the beginning. As a parent I want so many things for our son but mostly I pray that he will grow up to be a good Muslim. If he accepts Islam for himself I will feel that I have done all that I could do. I cannot make him a Muslim, but I can raise him in a Muslim household.

I try to do this by including him in salat (prayers) – when he isn’t jumping on my head, of course. I tell him ‘As-salamu alaikum Idris’ and teach him the name of Allah. We also encourage him to say ‘bismillah’ before he eats. Our attempts are usually met with blank stares but we know he is listening so we keep trying. We take him to the masjid as much as possible and insha’Allah this year he will attend his first Eid Al-Fitr prayers. There are no words to describe the joy in my heart when I tell Idris it’s time to pray and he runs to the cabinet to get his prayer rug and raises his little hands to his ears. Alhamdulillah he knows to be quiet (most of the time) during Jumaah prayer and even stands in line.  Right now his favorite part of prayer is sajdah (prostration); he waits impatiently for that part and dives for the floor.

I know there will be many challenges along the road as he grows into a man but insha’Allah no matter what we will be able to say our son knows Islam. We teach him what we know and grow in Islam together as a family.

                                                                                                                  Ambata Kazi-Nance

Ambata is a native New Orleanian and mother to a two year old son.  She is currently working on a master’s degree in English Literature. She has just started blogging at  MORmama.

  • mountaineer mama

    Dear Sister Ambata,

    Such a heart warming piece. It sounds like your son is being raised with a very good islamic spirit. May he always be a source of joy for you and a steadfast servant to his Creator.

  • mountaineer mama

    Dear Sister Ambata,

    Such a heart warming piece. It sounds like your son is being raised with a very good islamic spirit. May he always be a source of joy for you and a steadfast servant to his Creator.

  • ummossama

    Ohhhhh… I love your post!!JAK

  • ummossama

    Ohhhhh… I love your post!!JAK

  • Dalal

    Salaam Ambata,

    I loved the thoughtfulness you put into this post and I admire the thoughtfulness you have in raising your son. I think this post sheds a lot of light for those like me, born into the religion, on the experiences and challenges for people who enter Islam. I bet it’s also welcomed by other sisters in your same position, especially as the ones I have met face the challenge of raising their children to be muslim while most of the other family/extended family are not. May Allah help you in building your solid foundation and guide you and your family always :) Please continue to let us in on your thoughts.


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