I was reflecting on this hadeeth today:
“Each of you is a shepherd, and each one is responsible for his flock…A woman is like a shepherd over her husband’s house and children, and she is responsible for them…” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
So, I thought I’d share my thoughts on it…basically, what I understand from it, and how I can implement it into my life, specifically as a mother of 4 children.
1) A shepherd guides his flock -He guides them by directing them to wherever they need to go. He doesn’t leave his flock to wander about aimlessly. He knows that they depend on him for guidance, for without him they would surely be lost. He takes his job seriously and doesn’t act carelessly. He guides his flock only to the things and places that are best for them.
As a mother, I must guide and teach my children.
2) A shepherd tends to the needs of his flock – He also knows that his flock depends on him for food, water, and shelter. He doesn’t leave them to fend for themselves, because they are not able to. He doesn’t stop at just food, water and shelter though…he gives them love and care as well.
As a mother, I must provide my children with their basic needs, as well as lots of love and affection.
3) A shepherd sets limits for his flock – He doesn’t let them graze outside of a set perimeter. He keeps them within strict limits, not to control them, but because he knows that what is outside of that is unsafe for them, and could lead to their demise.
As a mother, I must set limits for my children, early on, so that they grow up with a sense of right and wrong; good and bad; etc.
4) A shepherd protects his flock from harm – He protects them from greedy wolves by fortifying his fence, making sure there are no gaps or weak points in it.
As a mother, I must instill in my children a strong love for and attachment to Allaah and Islam, so that their morals and principles will keep them from falling into things that will harm them.
So these are just some thoughts that were in my head right now, so forgive me for not elaborating more 🙂
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this hadeeth as well as your feedback on what I’ve written, inshaa Allaah.