Dedicating Days Off to Your Loved Ones

Family Matters Series

 Introducing: The Family Matters Series. 

Who is NYM iNK? A group of young, energetic Muslims from all across Western Canada working together to strengthen the identity of the Ummah. How does a group do this?

Our main focus has always been on *building individuals*, and promoting responsiveness, not reactivity. All you have to do is take a quick look around and you’ll see deep seated issues within families causing brokenness, anguish, and a huge lack of connection and trust.

When you build resilient individuals who have unwavering confidence and Iman, this leads to healthy, loving and supportive families-which in turn leads to an enormous positive transformation in the entire Ummah.

The NYM Family Matters Series will focus on ways to strengthen your family ties, tips and strategies to promote reconnection and engagement within your family, and ideas for resolving conflict from an Islamic perspective.

| Dedicating Days Off to Your Loved Ones | 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

While it’s true that weekends and days off are often used to catch up on household duties or other commitments, it’s also essential to actually schedule quality time with your immediate and extended family.

Rather than using the ‘holiday’ season to engage in activities that are not in line with Islam, why not use those days off of work and school to organize halal gatherings for our families? Going out for a small treat filled with light-hearted conversation can go a long way in fostering love and connection. Take the time to look up fun activities in your community like going to an indoor play center, take some sort of lesson together as a family like skiing or ice skating, or plan a family games night.

Unfortunately, we often get stuck in this cycle of “we would love to do this but we just have no time” or “these things feel corny” but these are the building blocks of a healthy family. This is when the memorable moments are made, when the genuine smiles and joy takes place, and when family members build a sense of safety and yearning for one another’s company. So when the difficult moments happen, these same family members reach out for one another’s support and guidance.

And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqun.” Those will be rewarded with the highest place (in Paradise) because of their patience. Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect. [Quran 25: 74-75]

Yousra Syeda

Yousra has been an active member of NYM iNK for the past 12 years, participating in organizing and coordinating NYM initiatives and programs across Western Canada. She is also a Registered Social Worker, working in the field of intellectual disability for the past decade. Yousra is a "boy mom" who loves spending time with her two young sons.
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