The Little Gremlin

I always used to drive really fast; much faster than the speed limit. Driving was never a pleasure in and of itself, but a means to an end. Until of course I came to the realization that my time in the car is a magical time. A time that I use to catch up with friends and family and also a time to get a bit of a spiritual pick me up.  From the recommendation of a dear sister, I began listening to Hesham Al-Awadi’s cd-series, “Children Around the Prophet.” He explains the tender nature of the Proph … [Read more...]

Blissful Moments

What is the meaning of joy? Does it mean you can eat ice cream all day or fill your shoes with sand from the playground as many times as you like? Or maybe it means to swing till you are truly exhausted? Or does it mean you are gifted with a special talent or an exclusive handmade dress? Baking cookies each Friday? Looking forward to the month of Ramadan? Joy is to be found in the small and oh so rich things. True joy can always be found whether one is tall, short, young,old, rich or poor.We … [Read more...]

My Lovey

I had finished praying magrib, and began to unwrap my headscarf.“Sunnah mama?” Maryam asked.That caught me off guard. I had gotten somewhat used to the excuse of being too tired to pray my Sunnah prayers and wasn’t praying them regularly anymore. I’m glad to have someone who calls me out on it."Yes, mama, of course."As I bring my hands up for my two rakat of Sunnah prayers, I’m wondering about her motives. Maybe she’s trying to postpone bedtime, or maybe she’s really learned t … [Read more...]

Al-Kawthar

You never know when something will strike you differently.  I know surah al-Kawthar and recite it fairly often.  As a mom with young kids running about I am often forced to resort to very short surahs in my prayers, and it doesn't get much shorter than this one:1. Verily, We have granted you (O Muhammad) Al-Kauthar (a river in Paradise)2. Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice.3. For he who makes you angry - he will be cut off.I recite it and go on.  But this morning, while s … [Read more...]

Freethinking Muslim

Freethinking and Muslim? Really? May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon everyone reading this post no matter your religion, value system or viewpoint.Yesterday I decided, just out of curiosity to do a Google search on 'Freethinking and Muslim'. I am sad to say that it produced a shameful mix of hate and confusion. Then I decided to modify the search to 'freethinking Muslim'. Unfortunately the results were not much better. I found a blog that claimed that the Golden Age of Islam, during … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks for May 2011

1. Art Time with Yusuf videos are creative and adorable! We especially liked how to make an earth-friendly boat.2. Six Secrets to Saying No from The Productive Muslim blog.3. Hesham Al-Awadi's Women Inspired by the Beloved is a unique series about female companions. Order the audiobook here or search the web to download in mp3 format. It is also available as a CD set from retailers.4. This poem is a startling reminder not to forget the new Muslims among us.5. Isn't this the … [Read more...]


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