Please Don’t Look Away

My four and half year old daughter Sarina has twinkling brown eyes, beautiful long, black curly hair, dimples like her daddy, a big toothy grin like her mama, and spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. She is not defined by her diagnosis, but it is an essential part of her life, and ours. My husband and I have been on a long journey to come to terms with the reality of our lives and have found ways to find the hidden blessings in it. We have formed a stronger bond with each other and our children. … [Read more...]

Working for the Akhira

Every new year has its share of memories and learning experiences, some happy, some painful. It's the perfect opportunity to reflect and realign our priorities as well as make new promises to ourselves. While making new resolutions, we should try to view them with the scope of the aakhira. To better days! To... To faith- know every year that it's a gift, not to be taken for granted or neglected. Intangible, indefinable, but it is everything.To prosperity- but not at the expense of honesty, … [Read more...]

GrowMama Picks for September 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. Do you have an older child on Facebook? These tips can guide a conversation about friends and "frenemies", cyber bullying, healthy relationships and fake ones. 2. What story do people see in you? When is it time to rewrite the stories we present to others and project on ourselves? 3. Braiding our child's hair, washing their face, or putting on … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Protest

I have been watching in dismay at the response of some Muslims worldwide to the ridiculous movie posted online mocking our beloved Prophet (S).  This sadness is a feeling that I have noticed is widely shared in the American Muslim community. I protest and condemn, in the strongest terms, the violence, death, aggression and injustice that have all resulted. This is probably the exact reaction that the movie maker could only dream to have garnered. So, who has now painted a worse picture of the … [Read more...]

Acts of Righteousness

As Muslim parents, we always look for ways to build positive characteristics in our children. In America, the problem of homelessness and hunger - while it is an issue - is not as obvious as in other parts of the world. For many children, the problem of hunger is hidden - something they can't see or experience. Sometimes our children ask for material items - more games, more videos, etc. - and cannot relate to the fact that some children their age are less fortunate. We may respond to them by … [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 … [Read more...]


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