Promoting a Positive and Productive Muslim Family


A positive, productive, happy, and healthy family is the aspiration of every family. A family that builds on these attributes will see success in building a cohesive Muslim family that plays, prays, and celebrates together. They work as a unit to bring balance to the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual quotients. A positive family not only drives their positive aura to his immediate family but also to the people around him such as those at work, school, and in the community. A family that promotes a positive and productive life has the aim of multiplying Allah SWT’s blessings, earning rewards and barakah in both dunia and akhirah. Prophet Muhammad SAW is the best example of a productive Muslim who promotes healthy relationships with his immediate family, children, and ummah. As his followers, we can all emulate the Prophet's sunnah ways of promoting a positive and productive Muslim family. Here are several examples we can adopt in our lives.


1. Put Allah SWT first, in everything you do

Success and ease in our endeavors are the ultimate aims of what we do every day. Perform our daily obligation such as our sunnah and fardhu prayers, and supplement them with zikir as food to your soul to achieve calmness and for Allah to give you guidance and knowledge to carry out your daily duties. This zikir can be as simple as reciting SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah), Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), La ilaha illallah (there is no true god except Allah), and Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great) in every action. Make this a habit and instill them in our children so that they too can learn the benefits of putting Allah in every intention.


2. Promote Lifelong Learning

Make lifelong learning the basic foundation of your family’s goal. Seek knowledge not only for the pleasure of knowing, but also to apply it in our lives and a source of inspiration to become better informed and progressive Muslims. Include a regular schedule for continuous learning of the Qur'an and Sunnah led by either the head of the family or a religious teacher. Encourage our family to live by Prophet’s advice which is to pursue knowledge from the cradle to the grave. As parents and guardians, lead by example and be a source of motivation for our families to live a life based on Islamic values.


3. Setting the Right Values

A productive Muslim family is governed by a strong set of values and principles. Regardless of their age and position in the family, they carry out their obligations such as performing the solat, fasting, zakat, hajj, giving charity, and other divine commands with sincerity and devotion. The breadwinners strive to ensure that all their earnings and food they consume are halal and toyyib. Family members, particularly parents also communicate effectively with the right tone. They are kind to their children and other family members and promote respect, compassion, consideration, and love among each other.


4. Aim to enter Jannah together

Imagine the joy when you are able to walk hand in hand with your family in Jannah? Set your goals to enter Jannah as a family by praying together and recite dua for each and every family member. Make it a point to carry out the obligations as a family and designate a space in their home to serve as their personal mosque. Hold usrah sessions to share knowledge and create an opportunity for parents and children to share their thoughts and learn from the best examples of our Prophets.

5. Celebrate strengths and weaknesses

As humans, we all have both strengths and weaknesses. The ability to celebrate strengths and accept our family’s weaknesses are the pillars of a strong family unit. When we learn to forgive and practice patience, we are encouraging an environment where we instill the values of empathy.


Conclusion

Having a functional and happy family unit is one of life's most rewarding experiences. Promoting a positive and productive family is the foundation of creating confident, healthy, and mentally strong members of society. They thrive with values such as compassion, respect, kindness, and empathy. Let us strive to achieve this by instilling these key habits in our lives. May Allah SWT provide us guidance and ease in building strong Muslim families who will achieve success not only in this life but also hereafter, Insya Allah.


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