Cave of Solitude

The other day a friend of mine was lamenting the fact that she was unable to fast this Ramadan because she is nursing her three-month-old baby. She remarked that because of that and her other demands as a mother of five she was finding it difficult to catch the Ramadan spirit. It reminded me of the first Ramadan I was unable to fast. I had a two-month-old son and was breastfeeding. As the blessed month approached I felt a little sad and confused as to how to capture the feeling of spiritual … [Read more...]

The Ramadan Spirit

It's that time of year. One can sense the adrenalin rushing in to get things in place, to buy gifts and groceries, to stuff freezers with samosas and kababs, to get the house in order, all so that we can focus on getting our spirits ready for Ramadan. In the focused frenzy to prepare our homes, our families and ourselves, I've noticed a lot of folks decide to put education on the shelf for the whole month. Yes, this blessed month of Ramadan is a time for self reflection and remembrance of God, … [Read more...]

GrowMama Picks for Ramadan

1. Here are some fun Ramadan crafts your family will enjoy.2. Kids getting restless? Here are even more Ramadan activities to keep them entertained.3. Here is an inspiring post from a mom who didn't let her inability to fast stop her from reaping rewards.4. Enjoy these recipe ideas for all your Ramadan meals, from suhoor to iftar.5. Don't miss your chance to get your hands on these great Ramadan books for kids.6. You'll be surprised to learn what kids find most enjoyable. Re … [Read more...]

Grow Mama’s new home!

After four years GrowMama.com is growing up and moving on! We invite our writers, readers and all our enthusiastic followers to come with us as we join the Patheos team. Patheos.com is the premier online destination where millions come to engage in global dialogue about religion and spirituality and explore and experience the world’s beliefs. Grow Mama started as an online community of American Muslim mothers and young women. Our space will continue to be a supportive, friendly, and non … [Read more...]

Digging Deeper Into the Prophet’s Wisdom

Over two years after my father's passing, I reflected on the famous saying of the Prophet Muhammad, in which he advises us on what we can do for our loved ones after they have returned to Allah.  In the hadith, Abu Hurayrah narrated that Allah's Messenger said, "When a human being dies, all of his deeds are terminated except for three: an ongoing sadaqah (charity), a knowledge (of Islam) from which others benefit, and a righteous child who makes dua for him."[Muslim and others] I thought of how … [Read more...]


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