About Mahaez

The Children are Awake: Post-Inauguration Spiritual Lessons

We woke our children up with extra gentleness the morning after inauguration day. The night was too long, filled with sad, sleepless thoughts about the road ahead.Calls for optimism filled our social media feed, but many of us were still busy calming the anxiety within ourselves and our homes. We had some dark dreams that night, but it's morning now, the children are awake, and God is the light of the heavens and the earth.Islam teaches us that the wisest, purest, and bravest things … [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...]

Ramadan 2012 Picks

As we begin the last ten days of Ramadan, here are some links to give you a boost and help you increase your blessings and productivity in this blessed month. We pray that we all come out on the other side of Ramadan with shining faces and pure, forgiven hearts.1. Check out some great content, audio and written, at the new 40 Hadith Nawawi website.2. Don't forget to reach out to your neighbors! Ramadan and Eid provide the perfect occasion to reach out to those around you with a friendly m … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks June 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. We are now in the Islamic month of Shabaan, only a few weeks away from Ramadan. Here are some tips on what we should be doing in this month.2. A well-written reflection on becoming a father from a Muslim perspective.3. There were some fascinating articles on parenting and motherhood this month: see this one in The Atlantic on working moms and "having it … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks May 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. Learning to deal with babies in the masjid. It's a two-way street.2. With the change of seasons comes the "great clothes swap." Here is one blogger's advice on swapping summer clothes for winter clothes with less organizational wrinkles.3. A writer reflects on the dilemma of being Muslim, young, educated, female, and single.4. The need to justify and assign … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks for February 2012

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!Love our parents unconditionally, as they loved us. Simply profound.The effects of "princess mania" has been explored on growmama before; this broadcast highlights many of the problems of modern girl culture.On our to-do list for a rainy or sick day: making tracks with tape.This article on the legacy of Muslim women was inspiring.Zen Habits posted 9 … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks for January 2012

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!1. An amazing project by one of Growmama's organizers. We can think of dozens of reasons why we should start this in our own neighborhoods. Tomorrow.2.Many moms have trouble finding things for their toddler or not-yet-in-school child to do at home. The educational and bonding activities in this book are brilliant in their simplicity and ease--no elaborate crafts … [Read more...]

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...]

Growmama Picks for November 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!This post breaks down empathy into four steps so it is teachable to young children.Two bloggers give a personal, heartfelt glimpse into the challenges that mothers of special needs children face in navigating the Muslim community. Read this post on attending an eid celebration and this one on dealing with the preconceptions of quick-to-judge … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks for October 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! 1. We are in the middle of the ten days of Dhul hijjah. Make the most of these short moments!2. Rules of Effortless Parenting is short, unique, and almost perfect parenting advice in a nutshell.3. For mothers who have ever lost a child or have been separated from loved ones, this video explores loss from a spiritual perspective.4. These mini-tafseer books … [Read more...]