It’s fajr time, and for today at least I have kept my resolve not to dig back under the covers. I take a deep breath, a long sip of coffee, and enjoy the peace of silence―a sound that has become almost alien since the school year has ended and summer begun.I make resolutions all the time. Today I’ll start reading a whole juzu’ of Quran a day, and I’ll walk an hour on the treadmill. I won’t eat any junk. I’ll pray jama3a more often. I’ll involve my kids in the activities I’m doing.  I’ll remai … [Read more...]

How to Survive Your First Year of Motherhood in a Foreign Country

All right, I’ve been here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for about three and-a-half months now and I’ve probably cried the equivalent of at least one of those months so far. No, don’t say "Aww, she’s miserable."  For the record, I’m not miserable or suicidal; I am a first time mother of a beautiful five-month-old baby boy who moved halfway across the world with my husband seven weeks after giving birth.  Do I love my little boy in a completely indescribable way that only other moms would be able to un … [Read more...]

My Prophet: A Collage

It’s important that we seek creative ways of imparting the knowledge of our deen. We must help our children by keeping things relevant and relatable. Here’s a simple project idea that we can use to cultivate and deepen our connection and love for the Prophet (peace be upon him). Let’s help our kids build a personal connection to their Prophet by creating their own artwork about him. This project is especially useful in this month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, as people remember and revere the birth and life … [Read more...]

Keeping Marriage Meaningful

I am not a counselor nor am I an expert. But Alhamdulillah, Allah has blessed me with a wonderful husband who is willing to learn with me and work together to make things even better. Inshallah, the following pieces of advice will help newlyweds or even a couple with many years under their belt.If you were fortunate enough to go somewhere for a honeymoon, make sure a vacation like that doesn’t end with the honeymoon. Go away as often as you can. Yes, money and work can get in the way, but g … [Read more...]

Hijab Party

I live in a small university town and we have established a very nice tradition here, Alhamdullilah. When our young sisters decide to start covering, we have an all girls’ celebration.  Each girl/mom brings a scarf of their own to share with the new hijabee. We have sweets and socializing followed by an interactive program. A few sisters demonstrate different ways to tie a headscarf and show how to match them up with outfits. The younger sisters are the models. The girls laugh and giggle as they … [Read more...]

Come To Allah….Come To Allah

“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar…..”The beauty of the words of the adhan and the voice of my dear son as he beckons us to pray are familiar sounds in our home on any given day. Today, however, I am stopped in my tracks!In the process of donning my hijab, a shrill little voice also beckons…..“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar……Come To Allah, Come To Allah!”My 2 1/2 year old daughter calls “come to Allah”. Her innocent but attentive mind has mistakenly combined the iqamah with the adhan, replac … [Read more...]