Now You Are A Mother
Now you are a Mother by Du’aa Raoof Shaheen is a comprehensive guide for new mothers on raising their babies till the age of 4. It includes a guide for mothers regarding postnatal care, and life after a baby.
What does Islam demand from a mother? What are the responsibilities of a mother to a child in Islam? How to raise newborn children? What is the solution to the modern issues concerning mothers?
The answer to all these questions have been discussed in the book “Now you are a Mother” by Du’aa Raoof Shaheen. It highlights answers to all the questions you may have regarding postnatal care, regarding the care of the baby, related to its nutrition, hygiene, dressing, sleep, and overall growth and development till the age of 4. There are also sections on child health, sickness and how to deal with accidents (first aid). It also includes sections pertaining to the mother in terms of breastfeeding, exercise, marital relationships etc. The author has presented these topics in a simple and easily comprehensible manner that would be suited to all mothers.
The best thing about the book is that it provides all the necessary information in the light of Islam hence the book clarifies the mother’s duty in Islam.
Motherhood is one of the most natural things in the world yet most of us are still unsure regarding the responsibilities as a mother. Islam is a complete religion that touches upon every aspect of life. It’s the only religion that has left for its believers a complete guidance on life. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
قد تركتكم على البيضاءِ ليلُها كنهارِها
“I am leaving you upon a (path of) brightness whose night is like its day.”
(ابن ماجه: 43)
Islam has never left its followers in any ambiguity about how mothers should raise their children. The guidance in regards to a mother’s duty to her child is to raise the babies as the culture and rules of society but not according to the method of the Jewish and the Christians in order to avoid their resemblance. The only thing which mothers have to follow while raising their child in the light of Islam is to do what is the best for them according to the cultures and rules of society but with moderation.