Archives for 2009

Deep Roots

I once attended a gathering where a gentle sheik was speaking. A women raised her hand and asked, ”In North America there are not many Muslims, should we move back to our home country to raise our children?” The Sheik paused for a moment and replied in a soft, kind voice, “You are not alone here, sister. Look outside; do you see the trees, plants, flowers, and all the nature? They are all souls of Allah SWT. In fact, you are the majority in this land, not the minority.” To this day, his words sti … [Read more...]

Happy Eid

Wishing you a blessed Eid...May Allah accept your prayers, fasting, charity and good deeds in the blessed month of Ramadan, and give us more opportunity to praise him.Your sisters at GrowMama … [Read more...]

To Buy or Not to Buy… For Eid

We live in a consumer driven world. That means commercials on TV, on the internet, in school curriculums, through made up holidays, and especially through real ones that have lost their true meaning. Christmas now has just as much to do with Jesus as Labor Day does. Even Santa has lost his standing and has been replaced with penguins, polar bears and snowflakes so no one feels left out of the buying frenzy. Muslim parents try hard to “make up” for our kids not celebrating Christmas by turning Eid … [Read more...]

Mariam and Reem’s Ramadan Art Gallery

We decorated our apartment door with homemade lanterns, pipe cleaners and beads.For the flower, we used some cardboard, paint, glitter, and glitter glue. To make our decoration more meaningful, I added some facts about Ramadan on each petal so every time someone passes by my door they can read them and know what Ramadan is all about. To me, it’s a great way of dawah for those who are interested in Islam.I pasted the following to my flower petals:the month of mercythe month of f … [Read more...]

Blessed Nights

Enjoy these last blessed nights of Ramadan... Roll up those sleeves (or set that alarm) and take the extra mile.May Allah bless your prayers, giving, fasting recitations. … [Read more...]

The Light

GrowMama's Ramadan Spirit ContestA True Story for Mothers Who Are Unable to Attend Taraweeh PrayersIt was the first night of Ramadan; six year old Mariam was impatiently waiting for taraweeh prayer. It was not only that she loved to pray but also she was going to put on her Fulla prayer hijab set and use her Fulla rug that she got from her parents for memorizing juz' Tabarak. It was a tradition in her house that whenever someone memorized a juz' they received a gift. She had waited the … [Read more...]

Modeling After the Greatest Role Model

I recently came across the story of one of the companions of Rasul (s.a.w.), Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman. He was of Makkan origin, but grew up in Madinah. Upon Rasul (s.a.w.)’s arrival to Madinah after the Hijrah (migration), Hudhayfah became closely attached to the Prophet. He participated in numerous battles with the Muslims.In the Battle of Uhud, during the confusion and disorder that ensued, Hudhayfah’s father was confused as an enemy and accidently killed by the Muslims. Hudhayfah did som … [Read more...]

Date Baskets

This project started out with us planning to give Ramadan Introduction gift baskets to our neighbors. But it became a double-project, the Ramadan Intro gift baskets as well as Ramadan Date gift baskets for both sets of grandparents alhamdulillah.  What better gift to give in Ramadan than dates, in hopes of earning the reward promised by our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him. And nothing will be subtracted fro … [Read more...]

Back to School: ‘I Entrust You to God’

A Father's PerspectiveThis morning I handed a piece of my soul over to my sworn enemy. It was indescribably painful, but I actually ripped it out myself and as if possessed, I stood at the gates and handed it over with a smile. I was left with a tortured, torn soul –confused and overwhelmed. How could I do such a thing? I should know better. How could this be right? Is it right? Is it wrong?A hug, a kiss, a pat on the back and off he goes to school. The parents get expectedly emotional, b … [Read more...]

Fanoose Ramadan (Ramadan Lanterns)

Hawwa and her girls, Mariam and Reem love doing arts and crafts.Making Ramadan lanterns is their way of welcoming Ramadan and feeling a sense of belonging. The inspiration for these lanterns comes from this website.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hawwa Hamza is living with her husband and 3 girls in United Arab Emirates. She is a member of an Islamic book club in Sharjah and is currently reading on tafseer al quran.  Her mission is to do her j … [Read more...]