I could have been sleeping at home in my comfortable bedroom with it's neat-and-clean attached bathroom, offering my Fajr on a plush Musallah... but no, going through all those experiences that night opened my eyes to an existence that was based on putting someone else before your own needs. In a sense, it was a physical enactment of suppressing the desires of the Nafs for the sake of pleasing Allah(swt).
I was pretty much "hands-off" dad - diapers repelled me, and I would leave watching the kids to my wife. Since they didn't like leaving her side, it was all the more reason for me to say, "See, if I take them, they'll just cry, so you keep them." I'd let her feed the kids most of the time, and I would pretty much take them when it looked as though my wife were about to have a nervous breakdown.
For students of Arabic, there are a lot of wonderful dictionaries and resources available online and in-print. However, the wrong dictionary at certain stages of learning could lead to a lot of frustration, unnecessary expenditure of time and even ultimately a loss of motivation to study Arabic. Thus, here is a list of dictionaries and resources in English that students of Qur’an and Arabic can use in their studies.
This is a very inspiring incident from the lives of our Prophet's [صلّى الله عليه و سلّم] family members. Aside from the main lesson gleaned from it, especially for homemaking women of all ethnic backgrounds, who spend a significant portion of their day doing housework and chores, there are several points of interest that can be pondered upon.
At a time when many Muslims will be debating the definitions of bid‘ah and the condemnation of people based upon whether they don’t celebrate the ‘Eed Milād’l-Nabi or do, where some will find excuse to mix and party and others will find reason to have a quiet reflective moment, perhaps it would be pertinent to remind ourselves exactly what this debate is all really about.