What's in Your Ear? is an occasional Saturday series where we ask Muslims, both ordinary and extraordinary, a few simple questions. In this week's WIYE, Hena Zuberi interviews Dr Mohamed Rida Beshir.

Drs. Ekram and Mohamed Rida Beshir as a wife/husband team, together co-authored several best-selling parenting books such as “Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West,” “Muslim Teens, Today's Worry, Tomorrow's Hope,” “Blissful Marriage” and “Parenting Skills based on Qur'an and Sunnah.” They have also authored parenting books in Arabic. Their books have been translated into dozens of languages. They teach two courses on the subject of parenting with the Islamic American University. They are both regular contributors to the family section of several magazines such as “American Muslim,” “Islamic Horizons”, and the “Message magazine.” Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir are also advisers on the Islam online website. Drs. Ekram and Mohamed Rida Beshir are the recipients of the City of Ottawa Certificate of Appreciation for the year 2003 for their volunteer work in the area of Education. They travel extensively, presenting workshops to various Muslim communities all over the world.

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The following is transcript of the interview, which includes slight modifications for the sake of readability and clarity.


Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. This is Yasir Qadhi welcoming you to the muslimmatters.org podcast. For more quality media, be sure to subscribe to our podcasts wa jazakum Allahu khayran wassalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah.

[Hena Zuberi]: Assalamu alaykum. Today we are here with Dr. Rida Beshir. Assalamu alaykum, Dr.

[Dr. Rida Beshir]: Walaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

[HZ]: We just wanted to ask you a couple of quick questions. What are you listening to these days?

[RB]: I regularly listen to Qur'an from good reciters

6 Responses

  1. Mirza

    Assalamu Alaikum

    I had to prepare and deliver some sessions on Parenting and found the books by Dr. Rida and Dr. Ekram Beshir extremely helpful – with lots of practical advices that one can put into practice almost immediately – Masha Allah.
    it is wonderful how he relates building your own spirituality with child rearing. As a matter of fact, his first two chapters of ‘Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West – An Islamic Perspective’ deals with Tarbiyyah – Objectives and Basic Principles.
    A very humble brother. May Allah reward him and his family for their good works.

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    • Hena Zuberi

      He is MashaAllah and has raised pious children living in the West- I reccomend his books to all parents and he said he will be starting his own parenting website soon as well.

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  2. Safi

    Assalaamu alaikum,

    I read the transcript of the interview and have a suggestion.

    For someone so published and recognized for their contribution on the topic of parenting, perhaps we could have asked him some more questions related to his expertise.
    (e.g. “How have the challenges of parenting changed over the last generation?” )

    I am not quite sure what kind of benefit there is in knowing what kind of cell phone Dr. Rida uses.

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    • Hena Zuberi

      JazakAllah for your input- I agree and was wondering the same thing as I was asking Dr. Bashir that question- I will share my notes from the parenting workshop inshaAllah soon- pray Allah SWT puts barakah in my time.

      These particular set of questions were for our What is in Your Ear segment, which is evolving.

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  3. Diya

    Asalamu alaikum,

    I have read one of Dr. Rida’s books and came across the rest, they are really good books Alhamdulilah.
    Where can we find more info on the both Dr. Ekram and Dr. Mohamed Rida, Do they have their own website.

    Jazakallah khayr
    Wasalam

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