Why Fatherhood Matters


Parenthood is a two-way game. If a child is blessed with two parents, there is a dual advantage of tapping into the blessings that each parent can bring to the upbringing of the child. Cultural barriers, language challenges, societal and environmental obstacles may pose a difficulty for fathers in creating a healthy relationship with their children. What is the role of the father? What can we pull from Islam, from prophetic lessons on building a strong fatherhood presence in the Muslim home? Our guest will take us on a journey of why fatherhood matters. We are joined by Mohammad Elshinawy, a father and a fellow in the Yaqeen Institute. He has done research specifically on the role of the Muslim father. In this episode, he shares what he discovered from his research with the hope to shed light on the importance of fatherhood in the Muslim home.


“Children require two types of love – maternal love and paternal love. They hunger for it and they crave for it.”

  -Mohammad Elshinawy

In this Episode:

  • What is the Islamic perspective on how Muslim fathers’ distinct role in their children’s lives?
  • Understand the Islamic worldview in terms of gender differences and how these differences relate to the distinction of fatherhood, and how to apply the big principles in contemporary times.
  • What makes the role of dads unique, complementary, and interdependent to the role of moms, and why is this distinctiveness important?
  • What are the ways that fathers can add value in a unique and complementary way even when Muslim scholars state that kids, in the first seven years of their lives, need maternal connection?
  • Identify the 3 dimensions highlighted in the research proving that dads are highly valuable, especially in the formation of their children’s character
  • Why does the high rate of delinquency among teenagers relate to the lack of presence of a father in their early years?
  • Determine the glaring impact of the absent father phenomenon and the consistent pattern that is reflected in the actions and behaviors of children who didn’t have a father figure.
  • Discover the single most important variable that impacts a child’s understanding of who they are.
  • Learn the benefits of paternal affection and why this affection is important when it comes to the disciplinary use of authority.
  • Identify the two types of love that children hunger for and crave for.
  • How Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) dismantled the stereotype of “soft boys” in terms of fatherly “affection”.
  • How did the Prophet (PBUH) portray the ideal example of mercy and compassion in relation to parenthood?
  • Why do parents need a thoughtful consideration of the type of love they need to give to their daughters versus the love they need to give to their sons
  • What are the ways boys require validation from their fathers and what is the relevance of fatherly love to girls in terms of shaping their standard to the kind of love they seek in their adult lives? 




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