Growmama Picks for January 2012

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!

1. An amazing project by one of Growmama’s organizers. We can think of dozens of reasons why we should start this in our own neighborhoods. Tomorrow.

2.Many moms have trouble finding things for their toddler or not-yet-in-school child to do at home. The educational and bonding activities in this book are brilliant in their simplicity and ease–no elaborate crafts or messy clean-ups here.

3. This lecture and article by Nouman Ali Khan identifies some critical conversations we should have with our teens about faith.

4. “Emotional throw-up” should become a household term wherever young children are present.

5. On the topic of some of our posts this month, here and here are some of the healthiest foods we should be eating. We’re clueless, though, and a little queasy, at the thought of sardines.

6. Fetal cells become part of the mother forever. This made us pause and think… subhanallah.

7. Here is an elegantly illustrated storybook to complement a child’s learning of the Prophet’s stories. The book is written from the point of view of animals, trees, rocks, and other objects from the seerah.

8. For a child turning 7 or 10 and working on performing his or her prayers, this wooden prayer chart (plus an alarm clock!) would be a sweet gift.

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  • Sara

    I found Nouman Ali Khan’s article interesting but I very much disagree with him painting all Islamic Studies in secular universities with the same brush. Certainly some departments are as he described (basically still riding the old orientalist train), but where I do my MA in Islamic Studies (SOAS in London) it is not like this at all – pretty much everything we study is deconstructing the old orientalist stuff and refuting it. About half of us in the program are Muslims, and I we are not having problems with our faith as a result of our studies – if anything, it fills us in on more of the history and nuance of wide swath of Islamic humanities that once constituted the pinnacle of intellectual culture from Spain all the way to China. And then we have an accredited MA so that we can teach this stuff to anybody, Muslim or non-Muslim. I think it is worthwhile… but Allah knows best.

  • dove

    Interesting point Sara, I actually know a friend doing her graduate work in islamic studies at an Ivy and she echoed your words to me. She has said that many muslim students in Islamic studies are not naive about what/how they are being taught. I understand Nouman’s concern about young Muslims thinking that one can go to Harvard and become a faqih. people just need to ask themselves what precisely they seek to acquire through these studies.


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