The Prophet salallahu `alayhi wa salam said, “…he who calls to guidance, receives the same reward as those who followed him, without diminishing anything from their rewards.” [Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, all from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah]

The Prophet salallahu `alayhi wa salam also said, “He who established a good sunnah in Islam, he will have the reward of each who apply it after him until the Day of Judgment.” [Muslim, Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud]

I’ve always thought how wonderful it would be, if a person accepted Islam through my efforts or if I was given the opportunity to teach a new Muslimah the salah, certain actions from the sunnah, how to read Qur’an etc. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? ‘Cos it would mean that I would be able to reap the rewards from that person’s deeds, insha-Allah.

Yet I was oblivious to the fact that Allah had indeed granted me that opportunity, the opportunity to gain the rewards from the deeds of new Muslims…new muslims that I, myself had given birth to. It was not until I had my third child that I truly understood and appreciated the rewards that Allah has in store for mothers and for fathers too, insha-Allah.

I guess I had not seen it in that light ‘cos I had always looked upon my role as a mother from another pespective; that it was my duty and my responsibility to teach my children about Islam and to raise them to be practising Muslims and anything less would mean that I had not truly fulfilled my obligations as a mother.

But Alhamdulillah I think I now have a more balanced perspective of motherhood and just thinking about the potential rewards is enough to motivate me to be my children’s main Islamic teacher, well at least until they reach a stage when they would need to learn from someone more knowledgable than me.

Imagine….giving birth to a precious soul and it is through your efforts and nurturing that the child grows up being a Muslim. And every act of worship that the child does, be it salah, reading the Qur’an, or any action from the sunnah was taught by you. Masha-Allah…just imagine the rewards in store for that mother!