A Mother’s Reflections on Freedom Uprisings

As mothers, we always think of the children first. We know behind the headlines there are children who do not understand, hiding behind thin walls that do not protect them from gunshots and shouting in the streets.  Our hearts break for them, and we imagine what their mothers feel. Still, I remind myself that if I am feeling this way, then Allah is infinitely more merciful than me. Even in the most frightening, dangerous places on earth, Allah swt sends His servants to comfort the innocent and … [Read more...]

Roadblocks to Mercy

If He opens a door for you, thereby making Himself known,pay no need if your deeds do not measure up to this.For, in truth, He has not opened it for you but out ofa desire to make Himself known to you.(from the Hikam)Since becoming a mother I’ve started to appreciate the incredible blessing of free time.  (Or, as they say, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”:P)  Busy with daily responsibilities, it’s almost impossible to maintain the same level of focus and time dedicated … [Read more...]

Swing Rapture

Storytime? Ice cream? The Children’s Museum? Jump n’Jungle? A walk to the park? A movie? A new toy?How can we make this day right?What if I just push you on the backyard tree swing as high as it can go?-Maha EzzeddineCan you capture a motherhood moment with your camera? Share your photo and a brief caption with growmama readers by sending it to growmama@gmail.com. … [Read more...]

More About Umm Hamza

Read the first part of Umm Hamza's story here.  Umm Hamza told me something really amazing today. But before I tell you more about her, let me tell you about our landlord. (Bear with me, because I need to write a rather long story.) They’ve been wanting a cleaning lady for months now, and they noticed Umm Hamza coming and going every Thursday. The watchman, who knows pretty much everything that goes on in this building, told the landlord that Umm Hamza was my cleaning … [Read more...]

The Month of Seizures

A couple weeks ago, my daughter and I were perusing old photos and videos of her life on the computer.  She loves to see the changes in herself and her brother.  As we browsed, one folder was left unopened.  August 2006… the month of her seizures.  That month, my sweet daughter was ten months old and our only child.  Within a period of twenty-four hours, she had two seizures. The first one came while she was nursing just before maghrib.  Her eyes … [Read more...]

Ramadan Inspiration

Dear Growmama readers,Ramadan is just around the corner! Are you ready for the hours of reading Quran, the nights of prayer, the streams of reward, the cooking and cleaning (maybe!) and the playful teaching of spirituality to our children?We invite all Growmama readers to tell us how they are preparing for Ramadan, whether as individuals, families, mothers, community leaders, or teachers. Posts should be 200-500 words and can include pictures, audio and video, practical ideas, words of … [Read more...]