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July 23, 2006
My Teacher My Best Friend

by Bint Saeed

Life involves the coming and passing of events, memories, experiences and individuals. Oftentimes people choose to conveniently forget the past as they look on to a bigger and brighter future. However, there are those who would much rather learn from the past in order to ensure a successful future. Regardless of the fact of what is to come one thing that will remain in this foundation of life is the overwhelming presence of those individuals with whom one shares his or her sorrow and joy, as well as, seeks their advice and guidance. These individuals are the backbone of our society, they are people who have continuously put others before themselves, they have each day performed an act of heroism and yet they desire no honorary mention. On the contrary, they long for the pleasure of their family and friends. These individuals are our mothers; they are the teachers of goodness, morality, love and hope. Generation after generation leaders have risen from the wombs of these women, society has welcomed a variety of technological advancements, and scientific theories as well as discoveries have given us a better understanding of the world we live in. This is all a result of those men and women who have been nurtured by the best teachers this world has to offer.

Professional development, advancement in one's career, and other forms of social advancement all stem from the same root: motherhood. A mother is an educator from the day her child is born until the day she dies. Conversing with her child during her pregnancy until guiding him or her through adolescence a mother is the sole pillar that stays constant. Regardless of what career path she chooses for herself she will always be an educator. Throughout college and in areas of higher education students struggle with the concept of what profession to pursue, where the monetary rewards are, and what careers are booming. Little do they know that throughout history the one occupation that has produced the greatest reward, along with requiring the most human effort in order to produce the best possible outcome is being a mother.

In order to understand this one must take themselves back to the first day of school. Tightly clutching each other's hands mother and child make their way into a new world which requires them to separate themselves from each other for a short period of time. As nervous and anxious as the child is the mother too feels a sense of nausea at the thought of leaving her child amidst the strangeness of the outside world. However, little does she realize that the moment she steps out of her home another mother is making her way to the same exact location. This mother will be the teacher of the child, she will take his or her small hand from that of their mother, reassuring both that everything will be okay.

Oftentimes, one has fond memories of his or her school years. From reminiscing about friends and pranks to parties and after school clubs, each individual can recall certain fulfilled memories. However, one memory that overshadows them all is that of a favorite teacher. These teachers had made coming to school fun and established a loving relationship with the child. As school would end the child would leave his mother at school to go to his mother at home. How fortunate we are to have this blessing, yet how quick are to be ungrateful and forget?

Teaching at an Islamic School has showed me the blessings of being a teacher. Parents and especially mothers entrust their children to the staff in hopes that their child with receive the same nurturing love at home. The students establish a keen familiarity with the teachers and oftentimes stumble with their words by mistakenly calling their teacher "MOM". The beauty of these words runs deep and touches the heart. Do these children really see a mother in their teacher? Of course they do, a mother is an educator, one who worries about her child's future and on the same note so do teachers.

Islam teaches us the value of being a mother and that of treating one’s mother. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, "Then who?" The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, "Then who?" The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, "Then who?" The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).

SubhanAllah our egos, successes, and rewards cause us to forget to thank the one human being who prayed for us the entire way. Not only that, but we forget to pray to Allah SWT to reward these precious mothers for their sacrifices. They live for us when we are young and continue to do so even into the wee years of their lives. When they see their children or students content they find an inner peace. So let us not forget our teachers, our best friends, our mothers. Without them we would not be who we are today, so value the woman and her contribution to society. A sound house, by the will of Allah SWT, is established and maintained by a sound woman.

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abupepper said

Assalaamu Alaikum Ya Hidayans:

Alhamdulillah...the forum is back...even though I do not see any changes, but that doesn't mean no improvements have been made during the upgrade/modification of the website.

I just want to say to Brother Talal and Brother Khawja Hassan that may Allah bless you both and reward you for putting so much effort in keeping this website running for the benefit of all participants and readers.

Ma'Assalaama

on July 24, 2006 2:19 AM
Talal said

InshaAllaah there will be a post soon on just what was done, as well as what lies ahead for HidayaOnline.com

BarakAllaahu feekum for your patience.

on July 24, 2006 3:43 AM
Mohammed said

Assalamualaikum,

Very happy that this educative site is back online. Jazakallah khair to the webmasters, and all the contributers (Except the spammers).
I am a relative new visitor to this site, 2 months old at most.
I can recall, that I cried a lot on my first day at school, and my mum sat in the head mistress's office, within my view, but the moment, my mother left, I felt all alone and bad. True even children are attached to their parents esp. mothers a lot, and this bond lasts life long.
I sincerely hope, that all parents give their children good islamic education, in their initial years, preferably allow their children to do Hifz of Quran completely, and also teach good manners, by being a good example. This way, i hope neither mother nor the child should feel bad.
One very important thing is the dua of parents for their children and the dua of the children for their parents when they become old which is " Rabbir Hamhumma kama rabba yani saghira".

Assalamualaikum

on July 24, 2006 5:22 AM
gillette said

"I just want to say to Brother Talal and Brother Khawja Hassan that may Allah bless you both and reward you for putting so much effort in keeping this website running for the benefit of all participants and readers."

I don't do any work per se, but you can never have too much du'a.

on July 24, 2006 4:43 PM
abupepper said

Salaam:

Masha'Allah!

"A mother is an educator from the day her child is born until the day she dies. Conversing with her child during her pregnancy until guiding him or her through adolescence a mother is the sole pillar that stays constant. Regardless of what career path she chooses for herself she will always be an educator....Little do they know that throughout history the one occupation that has produced the greatest reward, along with requiring the most human effort in order to produce the best possible outcome is being a mother."

If only all our muslim sisters can see, understand, and accept this reality...especially those in the West...then from the wombs of these ladies will come a generations of muslims that will move mountains and split seas...and do all lofty endeavors that humans are capable off according to the Will of Allah.

Unfortunately, it aint gonna happen in my life time...doesn't look like it...so I guess, I can keep hoping...insha'Allah-ur-Rahman

Great article Ukhti Bint Saeed....may Allah bless you and count you among those who will have no fear on the day of judgement...Ameen

Ma'Assalaama

on July 24, 2006 9:57 PM
abupepper said

Salaam:

I can already see the improvement on Hidayaonline, masha'Allah.

NO SPAM MAN!

Alhamdulillah....nice job Br. Talal...

Ma'Assalaama

on July 25, 2006 9:08 AM
Faisal Akhtar said

Nice to see Hidaya is back. Now everyone take some time and take advantage of the many debt and loan consolidation opportunities here at Hidaya.

Woohoo.

Only I can create spam now.

on July 25, 2006 2:35 PM
abupepper said

Salaam Br. Faisal:

Ever since your marriage/nikah, you are a changed man...Alhamdulillah...

You dont get angry any more...always have positive view of things....and you even crack jokes...I think this version of you is a keeper...

Now we need to get Br. Hassan the same dose as you did...I think that will do wonders for him...hehehehehe


Ma'Assalaama
abupepper

on July 25, 2006 7:58 PM
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