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Being a Father: A Blessing that Boosts Productivity

Father and son playing and bonding on Bogey-Board on Morro Stran

As Muslims, we often hear about the virtues, blessings and rewards of motherhood in Islam. And while it seems Muslim men can never quite reach such lofty heights, fatherhood still comes with a plethora of goodness. In this article, we will briefly examine a few areas that can help Muslim fathers appreciate the immense blessings and opportunities for personal growth that come with fatherhood.

For all the new fathers, the fathers-to-be and those who have been on the job for a long time and need some motivation, here are a few of the many tremendous blessings and opportunities for increased productivity that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has granted you through your role of being a father:

1. A Personal Sign and Trust

To start, the simple act of observation can bring one closer to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Intellectually, we know that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is the Creator, Cherisher, Nourisher and Sustainer of everything. But this knowledge is brought to life in a very personal way when you see your child grow from a little ‘bean’ in the womb, to a foetus, then an infant, a toddler and beyond — thereby increasing you in submission to Him subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Beyond observation, the fact that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has given you a child means He subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) trusts you and deems you worthy enough to raise another human being. By accepting this responsibility and proceeding with the right intentions, every moment spent in fulfilling this trust can become an act of worship.

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