The Sandwich Muslimahs are middle-aged women who carry the bulk of responsibility between carrying for both their parents and the children. Authors, educators and mothers Ustadha Fatima Barakatulla and Suma Din discuss the difficult challenges of being Sandwich Muslimahs.
They admit it’s never perfect, but offer solutions to
- Retain respect for both the youth and elderly as beautifully addresses in the sunnah
- Connect youth and the elderly together
- Remember and retain your position as an individual even with such heavy responsibilities
- Continuing to honor your parents after their passing
Sharing experiences from their own lives Barakatulla and Din illustrate some of the successes they have had in balancing these complicated relationships.