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Challenges and opportunities of single mother: an Islamic perspective

Muhsin, Sayyed Mohamed (2022) Challenges and opportunities of single mother: an Islamic perspective. Islamonweb: The Window to Islam, 11 December 2022.

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The way of a single mother is not all roses. Her struggle is real. The graph of single mothers is going up. The UN Women report says that 13 million single mothers are in India, for example. Globally, eight of every ten lone-parent households are headed by women. A mother’s strain, pain and struggle are escalated when her life is transitioned to single motherhood, for which she might be completely unprepared. It may fill the darkness in her life, placing her at the edge of several challenges. It takes a toll on her mental health. A vast vacuum may abruptly emerge in her way, lacking a spouse to share the happiness and sad moments. The stories and stigmas attached to single motherhood may prove wrong in a mother’s case when she shows that she is no more a less. It is about stopping negativity feeding and finding time for healing via counselling, coaching and investing time in one’s inner development. It will help to boost trust in Allah and confidence in the self to lead her life and the children to a prosperous future. Aminah bint Wahb, the mother of the Messenger Muhammad (ﷺ) was a single mother as his father passed away before his birth. In Islamic history, the exemplary model of a single mother is Sayyidat Maryam (a.s.), who gave birth to the Prophet ʿĪsā (a.s.). She is the foremost model of a virtuous woman and the only woman with a Quranic chapter named after her. The 19th chapter in the Quran is named Maryam. The Quran says {“O Maryam! Surely Allah has selected you, purified you, and chosen you over all women of the world} (Āl-ʿImrān: 42). Likewise, Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī, the founder of Shāfiʿī madhhab, was brought up by a single mother.

Item Type: Article (Electronic Media)
Subjects: BPK Islamic law. Shari'ah. Fiqh
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Sayyed Mohamed Muhsin
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2022 16:21
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 16:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/101833

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