[Ali Imran 3:35] Set Goals for Your Children

(Remember) when the wife of ‘Imran said:
“O my Rabb! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb
to be dedicated for Your services, so accept this, from me.
Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knowing.”
[Ali Imran 3:35]

The mother of Maryam a.s. set goals for her child even before Maryam was born, that she will dedicate her child for Allah – to serve the Deen. This teaches us that, when it comes to children, it is not just about giving birth, see them grow up etc – or in the worst case scenario – letting the society dictates or molds our children, but that we should have goals for our children – goals that will be pleasing to Allah s.w.t.

Do you think this is strange? We see couples in Western countries listen to classical music or do mathematical problems during pregnancy in hope to increase the intellect of their child – they clearly have goals for their children. Thus why can’t we as Muslim mothers recite the Qur’an during our pregnancy as part of that goal?

The mother of Maryam is mentioned by Allah s.w.t. in the Qur’an because of the goal that she set lillahi ta’ala. This is an honor given to her, thus we should emulate that as well.