Ramadan: A Month of Reflection and Renewal for the Soul

A month of fasting from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset may not sound like anything to look forward to but Ramadan is the most beautiful and most anticipated month of the year for many Muslims, myself included.  It is the month in the Islamic year that unites all Muslims from all ethnicities and social classes, a month that reminds us all that the only thing that makes one person better than another is their piety, not their wealth or status.  It is the month in which we humble o … [Read more...]

Setting SMART Goals for Ramadan

Nothing beats sitting down and writing out your goals in hopes of achieving them. In our preparation for this blessed month, let’s take out 15 minutes today for ourselves, in the quiet of our rooms, to think about what we want to accomplish during this Holy Month and what we want to carry over for the rest of the year. Let’s get introspective, let’s do some soul-searching, let’s identify our faults, and then move forward with SMART goals that we are determined to achieve this Ramadan, with the he … [Read more...]

Children of Heaven: A Movie Review

When my husband travels, my children and I have an evening ritual called “cozy nights.” We cheerfully tidy up the whole house, eat a half-hearted dinner like cheese and crackers, then settle down with blankets on the couch with hot chocolate or watermelon for a movie.  It makes the day shorter for me and gives us all something to look forward to.Recently, we watched Children Of Heaven, which I strongly recommend for families with young children to watch. It was profoundly beautiful, rich with … [Read more...]

A Day at the Park

There are days when the human spirit cannot be confined to walls and gadgetry. It yearns to experience nature in all its beauty. "Let us first be as simple and well as nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world," (Thoreau, Walden).  "Indeed We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it..." (Surah al Kahf, verse 7)"And what … [Read more...]

From Recycling Bins to Reciprocation

My neighbor Amy stopped by to kindly let us know that we had possession of her recycling bin last night. It was a routine knock on the door, with the usual salutations and greetings. She was in her running shoes and looked like she had come back from a jog. We had never officially met, but Rehab (may Allah have mercy on her soul) had told me about her after our first campaign to get to know our neighbors. Together, we had packaged little cookie boxes and divided up the neighborhood between each … [Read more...]

Dandelion Parenting

Many years ago when I was in college,  I was pregnant.  It was in a child psychology class that I came to the realization of how big the task ahead of me really was.  I was having a baby... A BABY!  Was I really ready?  As if reading my mind my professor asked us, "Why do we have children?"  The question caught me off guard.  He went on, "Why do we, as humans, have babies?"  No one could say anything at first.  Someone responded, "to reproduce, out of instinct," another said "to have a family."  … [Read more...]


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