The Truth About Being A Single Muslim Mother

By Misbah Akhtar

The issue of single Muslim mothers is fast becoming a prevalent one; with divorce on the rise it seems only logical that some of these statistics would also apply to Muslim households.

Why then are they not revered as they deserve to be and instead looked down upon and scorned by many communities?  Is it really seen as so contagious that girls from ‘respectable’ families should stay away from these women in case they too, catch it? 


In the season where cherry blossoms bloom and scatter across the university campus, I noticed just how pretty trees and plants were in general. I only become introspective during Ramadan, so it was strange to notice the beautiful colours. After all, my eyes were tired of poring over textbooks and diagrams and they were pleased to see such a delightful sight.

Allah (swt) has certainly made this world beautiful. And I hadn’t realised I had said this out loud until my friend replied:

“Then imagine, how will it be like in paradise?”


The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "There is a tree in Paradise (which is so big and huge that) if a rider travels in its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to cross it." (Hadith, Sahih Bukhari 4:474)