I dedicate this blog entry to all the fathers who are making a difference in the lives of their children. Mothers and fathers are the pillars of any healthy society. Islam acknowledges their great contributions to human civilization. Respect, love, compassion, and obedience to parents is not an option but an obligation in Islam.
“Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor.’ (Qur'an 17:23)
Here I feature two Minnesota Muslim dads and their reflections on fatherhood.
Despite having a busy work life, I try my best to be home for a family dinner and to listen to all the drama filled stories of the day. It’s almost a daily ritual for me to create a “new princess story” for bedtime and to wake them up with a kiss. It makes their day, when I wear a pink shirt or a tie. On the weekends, we enjoy activities like boating, swimming, golfing and skating.
To me, being a father is about raising and relating with my daughters in changing times and varying circumstances. Giving my daughters the strength, support and confidence in life is an important part of fatherhood. I try to be a good mentor to them by both word and example. I have to thank my own father for setting the bar so high. Thanks Abbu! And thanks to my wife, Naureen for being my better half and making it easier for me to balance everything in life.
Being a father means changing your life to create a life. In my opinion, the father for a daughter is more than just a parent.