Raising Muslim children in an increasingly secular world presents many challenges. As parents how do we balance our family and Islamic values with the competing values of peers and the larger secular society? What does Islamic tradition teach us about parenting and what guidance is there for us to understand what we need to do in order to balance our roles as parents in relation to God, self, and society? In this video, Dr. Abdallah Rothman shares guidance and practical tips to assist us in becoming self-aware parents and to help navigate the challenges of parenting Muslim children in today’s rapidly changing world.
*A PDF handout referenced in the lecture is included in the description on Youtube.
Dr Abdallah Rothman was invited as a guest on the Naked Scientists' "Naked Reflections" podcast to discuss a topic he is not usually asked to speak on: population control. With the recent release of the census report documenting the rising population of Muslims in the UK, he was asked to comment from the perspective of a leader in the Muslim community. While the host seemed to be suggesting that leaders should be telling the Muslim community to have less children, Dr Rothman pushed back on this idea and gave a different perspective. He queried the notion of what humans actually have control over, asserting that we only have control over ourselves and not any outcome, as this is in God's hands. He asserts that instead of focusing on the need to "control" the eventual population, our focus should be on the existing population to control itself, changing the way humans have an impact on the planet, and that this needs to happen on an individual level with self-awareness, self-responsibility, and self-change: the only things we actually have any control over.
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