GrowMama Roundup Part I: Easing the Heartache of the Newtown School Shooting

The headlines say it all. “20 children among the 28 killed in Connecticut slaughter.” Those whose lives were only just beginning, their innocence barely touched,  gone in a flash. The recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has left not only our country, but also the entire world stunned and hearts everywhere, shattered. Whether or not you are a parent, no one can escape the tragedy that is now identified as the second deadliest school shooting ever in the United States.Like mill … [Read more...]

Condolences to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Community

The GrowMama community would like to offer their deepest condolences to those stricken by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown Connecticut. We will be keeping the families, the school, and the greater community in our supplications. No words can bring comfort to the parents and those afflicted by such a tragic event, but we will continue to pray that God grants them mercy, ease, and relief during this unimaginable time. Please take a moment to make dua'a for the community. May … [Read more...]

Swinging Through Time

I can hear their laughter.My two oldest sisters are far out in the park, climbing the monkey bars. My other sister is just over there, spinning herself on the merry-go-round. She calls me over to join her, but I'm too scared. I'm sure I'm going to fall, since she goes too fast for my small body.I decide to ride the swings instead. These are my favorite swings in the world, shaped like horses, with bars in the front that you pull back and forth, making yourself go higher and higher. I'm … [Read more...]

Riding the Homeschooling Rollercoaster

Hi.  My name is Hala...and I'm a homeschooler.There.  I said it.  It’s out.The truth of the matter is, I never really wanted to homeschool.  I've always admired it.  Supported it.  Defended it.  But, it wasn't a path I had any desire to go down myself.  But alas, after many trials and heartache, here I am - homeschooling.  I would love to say it was because I felt strongly about so many of the reasons homeschoolers choose it - the flexibility, the control, wanting to spend more time with thei … [Read more...]

Sowing the Seeds

When my daughter was born, I did what every mom would do.  I made sure she got the best start.  I got rid of all dangerous chemicals from the house including cleaning supplies.  When she started solids, I only fed her organic wholesome foods.  I wanted to build her personality and manners on a good solid Islamic cornerstone, so I took her to Ishaa‘ prayer every night so she could hear the Quran being read.  I also made sure to say all my duaa’s out loud, in hopes that she would start repeating so … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: A Letter to My Unconceived Child

In the Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Giver of MercyLord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all (Surah Al ‘Imran, verse 35)GrowBaba spotlights provide a space for Muslim men to share their voice, reflections, and insights with our community.As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh,I don’t know you yet, and I don’t know if I’ll ever know you. Allah alone will determine whether I am to be … [Read more...]


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