Eid Mubarak from Jeddah

My husband and I have been living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for more than thirty years, alhamdulillah. We live in Safa District, in the northwest of this huge, sprawling city.We used to go, for both Eids, to the large outdoor prayer area beside the Airplane Roundabout. It was too far to walk, so we always drove. I mean that we rode and my husband drove since women are not allowed to drive here. Now the Airplane Roundabout has been demolished to make way for an overpass. The place is called … [Read more...]

The Appointed Days are Here

Dear mothers and sisters,Ramadan was a fleeting visitor that vanished as suddenly as it appeared, leaving us with sweet memories and mountains of reward or regrets. The month left us heart-broken, each for our own reasons. Some of us missed out on the great month, failing to invest in its nights and days. Others savored every moment, growing closer to Allah and increasing their worship. In those few special days, we lived with Allah, the Generous, the Giving; only He knew our sorrow when the … [Read more...]

The Mirror

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said, "The believer is the believer's mirror, and the believer is the believer's brother who guards him against loss and protects him when he is absent."  (Book #41, Hadith #4900 Sunan Abu Dawud)I read this hadith and I wondered why the Prophet (pbuh) used the word mirror. What’s special about it? I reached the conclusion that the mirror has a lot of characteristics that the Prophet wants us to have. Here are a few of them:1. It is honest, al … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I’m a big fan of thick, hearty, creamy soups.And now that it’s autumn, and butternut squash are in season, I’m once again on a quest to make this soup taste good.Last year I tried it a couple of times, and wasn’t satisfied with the sweetness of the squash or of the apples which many recipes called for.So after a lot of searching around online and in my fridge, I put together this spicy, thick concoction.If you prefer the unadulterated of butternut squash in your soup, go for a traditional recip … [Read more...]

The Great Reciter of Alexandria Part III

Umm Al Sa'ad of AlexandriaHer studentsWhen asked about her students Umm Al-Sa'ad said:"I remember every one of them, there were some who received Ijaaza in one of the recitations, and there were some (and they were very few) who received ijaaza in all ten recitations. They are the ones who received an ijaaza with a special seal that I have that I always keep with me, I never give it to anyone no matter how much I have trust in them."The happiest days for Umm Al-Sa'ad are the days of … [Read more...]

What’s Yours is Mine

I smile while I watch them playing in the park. Asmaa doing exactly what her older sister does, as if she’s her shadow. Nusayba comes down the slide, and there she is, right behind her. Nusayba runs to the only swing left and before she can even get to it, Asmaa is crying because she wants a swing too. At times it’s cute, like when Asmaa wakes up at 8:30 in the morning and doesn’t find her sister in the bunk above her, she runs out of the room and cries, “Where’s Nusayba?”.At times it can be ve … [Read more...]

Thanks, Mom

My daughter, my sweetheart, wrote this poem to me and I thought to share it with you... Enjoy.Being born is not something to shareIn fact it is something to bearWhat if you had to take care of the baby all day long?Your husband doesn't care and is in Hong KongYour mother sometimes doesn't bear you anymoreAnd she always feels sour and soreOut of how mad she isThat her husband doesn't want to admit that the baby is also hisThe job is hardSo just let your mother sit in the … [Read more...]

A Ramadan Retreat

It was June when I received the first email about a Sisters Ramadan Retreat (sponsored by S.I.S.T.E.R.S).  I immediately thought back to last Ramadan when my son was four months old.  I wasn’t fasting at that time since my little nursling was 100% dependent on me for nutrition.  I remember that year being grateful for what I’d been given, but also looking forward to future years when I would have the opportunity to focus on my spiritual growth.  So this year, of course, I signed up on the spot, c … [Read more...]

Happy Eid

Wishing you a blessed Eid...May Allah accept your prayers, fasting, charity and good deeds in the blessed month of Ramadan, and give us more opportunity to praise him.Your sisters at GrowMama … [Read more...]

Mariam and Reem’s Ramadan Art Gallery

We decorated our apartment door with homemade lanterns, pipe cleaners and beads.For the flower, we used some cardboard, paint, glitter, and glitter glue. To make our decoration more meaningful, I added some facts about Ramadan on each petal so every time someone passes by my door they can read them and know what Ramadan is all about. To me, it’s a great way of dawah for those who are interested in Islam.I pasted the following to my flower petals:the month of mercythe month of f … [Read more...]