Archives for November 2012

GrowMama Picks for November 2012

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!1. Want to know what’s making us moms so miserable? Read here to find out the secrets to being happier.2. Shaykh Abdallah Kapodravi gives sound advice in this sermon as to how we can improve Islamic character in our youth.3. Rules to live by! These are definitely tips you want to follow if you need to get your kids away from your iphone, ipad our comput … [Read more...]

What is a Mother to Do?

As a human being, the widespread violence in Gaza is distressing, to say the least.  As a mother, it is utterly heartbreaking. To see picture after picture of young infants and children, dead or gravely injured will shatter any mother's heart. I cannot even begin to imagine the nightmare that child's own mother must be going through.Often, when the Palestinian plight is mentioned, we are told "Keep them in your prayers," yet it never seems like enough.  As I sit here in my own warm, safe home, … [Read more...]

Mornings

Maybe it’s the sweetness of daybreak on a cool summer morning; the smell of brewing coffee; or the melodious sounds of the birds just outside my window- whatever the reason, mornings are my favorite time of the day.  The physical body struggled to make it out of bed.  The mental state was already racing, quickly compiling the list of to-do’s. Then it happened. The spiritual mind stopped me dead in my tracks with the song I kept hearing all through my dreams…‘Where the ghost of childhood hau … [Read more...]

A Natural Woman

I just finished reading an interview with Diane von Furstenberg.  For those of you not familiar with the name, she is most notably recognized for creating the wrap dress which curvy girls all over the world thank her for.  During the interview, she was asked about her motivation to begin designing clothes and her answer really sparked something inside of me.  She said,“...I didn’t always know what I wanted to do but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.”For someone who is at a stage wh … [Read more...]

Book Review: Mornings in Jenin

Last night, I lay awake as the gory images coming out of Gaza filled my mind. Tears pooled in my eyes but would not come out. I kept checking on my children, each warm and asleep in their beds in the safety of our home. I lay down again, and the face of an 18-month-old girl killed by the attacks appeared. Her tiny battered and charred body could have been my son. I attempt to close my eyes again and see a young child shrouded in white as the bereaved father stands over him, eyes closed and face … [Read more...]

Three Marbles

“We are looking for the treasure the fairies left for us!" explains an enthusiastic boy from under a bush while his playmate carefully opens her fist to show me the bright, colorful treasure of marbles they've discovered behind the library. The library won’t open for another hour and since I have time to kill and a three year old to entertain I venture back there, where we run into this little preschool class, enchanted with finding fairy treasures.My three year old was hesitant to join the gro … [Read more...]

Remembrance

I've have always known that I have a terrible memory.  Now, after having two children, I sometimes wish it were better. I wish I can commit to memory how elated they looked when they took that first step, or how high their voice was when they said their first word, or that look of surprise on their face at the first taste of sweet, frosty ice cream.  Nonetheless, I have come to the realization that my weak memory has actually been a blessing for me.It took a long time to reach this part of m … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup: Reflections on Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy came down fast and furious.  We know it affected millions of people, even those that did not live in its’ direct path.  The destruction was widespread, and many estimate it will cost billions of dollars.  But we know its’ real cost will exceed any dollar amount.  Just ask the family who lost the bottom floor of their house and all their cars and are still living in a shelter days later.  Or the retired couple who lost the dream home they built on the Jersey Shore.We asked Grow M … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: My Mom Promised Me A Skyline

GrowBaba spotlights provide a space for Muslim fathers to share their voice, reflections, and insights with our community.Let’s admit it folks, there is nothing more quenching to the embattled soul than long awaited sweet revenge. Don’t worry, no blood or terror here --though there are definitely battle scars.You see, back when this 44 year-old father of three was in 6th grade, they used to ask me, “how can you just stand there?” and “why don’t you fight back?.”Day after dreary Midwes … [Read more...]

Why I Took my Kids to See the Eid Sacrifice

Last Friday on Eid Al-Adha, Muslims sacrificed an animal by hand in the tradition of Prophet Abraham. The guidelines for sacrifice are precise--the animal should be well-fed, free of defects, comfortably cared for, and above a certain age. The knife should be sharp, the animal should be shielded from sight of any fellow creatures being sacrificed and spared any distress until the very last moment. A swift cut by human hand and pronouncement of the name of God, and it becomes sustenance for human … [Read more...]