Our project’s title, GrowMamaGrow, is a little out of the ordinary for the typical Muslim community landscape. Something formal and feminine like “Enlightened Mothering” or “Sisters in Faith” would have been more characteristic.
But we intended this site to have a totally different feel from the traditional settings Muslim women are used to. We hope GrowMamaGrow becomes a safe zone where women are passionate about self-growth but refreshingly honest about the frustrations they encounter on a daily basis. Muslim moms in North America brave formidable challenges often in isolation with little support—and the community expectation is that the mothering role is instinctual and effortless. We are expected to work wonders for our families, but often have no help or resources. Some women may feel very alone at times.
GrowMamaGrow is a place where the experience of the American Muslim mother can be validated and empowered. Our wonder-working, on whatever scale Allah blesses us with, will be made easier through frank discussion and encouragement – and even venting! Those of us who have no clue what we’re doing will find comfort in the company of sisters and grow in ways we never thought of before.
Perhaps one day, out of the archives of our discussions and shared inspiration, a beautiful, resilient culture of Muslim motherhood will emerge—one that our daughters would be proud to belong to.
Until then, we are stuck with our laundry baskets, scattered legos, and puked-on carpets. Come in, visit our forum, make mistakes, share pointers, and be honest and open. Send your suggestions. Our only discussion rule is kindness and respect towards all. Every woman is the other’s cheerleader here: grow, mama, grow!