Archives for December 2011

Growmama Picks for December 2011

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!Cold weather may find us all heading towards the library. Here is a fun idea for a library treasure hunt.This piece on filling the inner hole touched a deep, reflective place in our soul.Although many of our readers are already married, this advice for single Muslims is way too good not to pass on. "Miswakin' miswakin' yeah! Miswakin' miswakin' whoah … [Read more...]

Where I Want To Be

Yesterday, I took my young daughters to ride the metro to Washington D.C. As we were standing by the tracks waiting for the train to come, I felt something hit my shoes, and I turned to see a blind man's cane, as he was sweeping it from side to side. He said, “Excuse me,” and walked on, stopping when he felt the raised bumps by the side of the tracks.He stood there, tall and proud, waiting like everyone else for the train. I jumped at the chance to make this a learning experience for my two d … [Read more...]

The Perfect Stranger

It was a very crowded day at the park. My 2-year-old son was playing happily from one end of the park to the other. As he was climbing a small staircase, he happened to slip and bump his knee. I started to walk towards him to see if he was alright. He was not crying but had just sat down to check for any possible “damage” on his little knee. As I approached him, I saw a young Caucasian non-Muslim girl, no more than five or six years old, run right past him. Then she quickly turned back around and … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup: Winter Family Time!

Wondering what to do with the kiddos all. winter. long??? Read on for some great ideas from 3 amazing GrowMamas!D writes:"Storytelling is a favorite at our home, especially during the winter months. We all sit next to the fireplace or in "Mama's bed" to talk about stories when Mama and Baba were little. Those are the times I wish I kept a journal...the kids are always so interested in the small memories (every detail, mind you) of Mama as a little girl. So, we take turns, first my … [Read more...]

Hijab Party

I live in a small university town and we have established a very nice tradition here, Alhamdullilah. When our young sisters decide to start covering, we have an all girls’ celebration.  Each girl/mom brings a scarf of their own to share with the new hijabee. We have sweets and socializing followed by an interactive program. A few sisters demonstrate different ways to tie a headscarf and show how to match them up with outfits. The younger sisters are the models. The girls laugh and giggle as they … [Read more...]

My Kids Never Fail to Surprise Me

The past few weeks have been a huge learning curve for me. Alhamdulilah I was given the opportunity to volunteer teaching little muslims aged 5-7 at a musallah (prayer hall) close by. Being a mother of a 6 year old I found it very relevant to extend my teaching at home to these children and help them understand our deen better. As with anything, we decided to start off with tawheed (oneness of God) and cover all three categories before moving on to other topics.Though I had my 6 year old … [Read more...]

Guilt and The Secret Formula

As parents, one of our deepest, most powerful desires in life is to raise our children to be God-fearing, principled, and successful in every sense of the word. Perhaps that is why motherhood is one of the most guilt-ridden jobs on earth. The sight of spoiled lettuce in the fridge or dirty fingernails is enough to make you feel like the worst mom ever. You just can’t escape the guilt—and when you do, you will find it in another’s eyes and hear it in her voice.Subjects like schooling, health d … [Read more...]

Making Family Time Happen

As a working mother (though currently on maternity leave) and a devoted wife, making time for family used to feel rushed and forced. We were just too busy with everything else going on around us. We would leave the house without breakfast and go to bed each at different times. It was clear we had to make some changes, but not so clear how. Over time, I’ve found the following to help us a great deal, and I hope inshallah in sharing it would benefit others as well.Professional home cleaners. I … [Read more...]

Hearts and Homes

 Abu Yusuf 'Abdullah ibn Salam said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'O people! make the greeting common practice, provide food, maintain ties of kinship and pray while people are asleep and you will enter the Garden in safety.'" [at-Tirmidhi] After hearing this Hadith, I realized that the one thing our Ummah is losing and needs to hold on to is the act of feeding people. I see this Hadith in clear light as I notice how few people open their hearts … [Read more...]