Holding Onto Identity

It's what defines us... who we are, what we stand for, our past and our future. We hold on to values, culture, language, religion, morals, family, ethics.... we hold on to identity. We all struggle in varying degrees with our sense of identity, some more than others. We strive to keep the norms, hand down the dress, memorize the songs, pass on the recipes, learn the customs but most importantly teach our children their roots and the roots of their ancestors.We pass on to them the foundations … [Read more...]

Courage to Change

Not many of us crave change.  In fact, many of us will try to avoid it and even resist it. But change is a constant in life. We are born as tiny helpless infants and if Allah (SwT) wills, we grow into active children and youth, then ambitious adults, and finally we grow old and become frail and weak yet again. We change not only physically, but emotionally.  Allah (SwT) tells us in the Quran: “And that it is He who makes one laugh and weep” (Surah Al-Najm: 44).  One day we are happy, and the next … [Read more...]

How I Homeschool

There are so many ways to homeschool, and most homeschoolers will tell you that they don’t question whether or not to homeschool – but rather HOW.   I’m not sure exactly what to call what we do, although others have come up with “unschooling”, “learning at home”, “self-directed education” and “child-centered learning,” among others.  What we don’t do is have a school at our home.  Homeschooling, however referred to, and whatever the methodology, just means that parents are taking on the responsib … [Read more...]

Liberated Through Sewing

I would never have guessed,Had you asked me before,That sewing would be somethingI would opt for.I never took a class,Never really liked it,Watched my older sisters suffer,And hate every bit.See, they chose to take classes,In their high school years,And seeing them sew,Was what bred my fears.Oh, the nights they stayed up late,With coffee cup in hand,Fretting over backwards zippers,And stray threads and strands.Oh, the tension that grew,As the … [Read more...]

How to Help Children Memorize the Quran

We asked some of our writers to share a tip that has helped their children memorize Quran. Here are their answers:M writes,"Inspired by a tip on zenhabits.com, I chose a trigger for our Quran memorization. That is, to make our daily Quran sessions an indispensable part of our day, like brushing teeth and putting on pajamas. After dinner and clearing the table, that's just what we do, everyday, no excuses. The house is, even if just for a few fleeting minutes, buzzing with Quran. If one c … [Read more...]

Woman. You.

What are these bonds that evade us? Where is the woman that will remain standing with me when the storm blows over and shakes us to our roots? Are these the dreams of a middle school girl who can't come to grips with the reality of womanhood? Am I pining for a time past and can never be recaptured? Can true bonds  only be forged among the innocent of hearts? Am I too judgmental, bossy, intrusive, brash, needy and attention seeking to be worthy of a real friendship?We are mirrors of each … [Read more...]


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