Growmama Picks for September 2013

Have you fallen into a rut and need a new life perspective? Start a “see the flowers instead of the weeds campaign.” With Hajj coming up soon, here are some of our picks for involving your children in the experience. 10 super creative Hajj crafts and activities for kids Plan a trip to see the Eid sacrifice, it might turn into a memorable teaching moment. Commission your kids to build a Hajj bulletin board. Are your children having trouble in school? Read here for interesting ideas in … [Read more...]

The Water of Zamzam

For most of us, Zamzam water is a novelty. It is stored in a special container at the back of the fridge and rationed out to family members in small quantities so as to not diminish the supply quickly. During our recent trip to Saudi Arabia, we made it a point that throughout our stay we will not drink anything but Zamzam water. We had to purchase drinking water anyway, so why not buy the best and noblest of all waters? I would like to believe that, after Allah’s will, the other thing that … [Read more...]

In the Footsteps of Hajar and Mariam

We are a few days away from celebrating Eid al-Adha. It is a day in which we commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice to Allah (swt). Prophet Ibrahim as well as his family were tested with extremely difficult tribulations. His first wife, Sarah, could not bear children until she had become very old and then had her son, Isaac. Prophet Ibrahim was denounced by his own father, thrown into a blazing fire, left his second wife and only son at that time (Ismael) out in the desert, and also had a … [Read more...]

Hajj Chronicles II: The Little Things

It's the little things that people do, that have others praying for them, without them even realizing, and may be the reason they enter Paradise. While we were sitting in the Haram in Makkah, on the third floor, I noticed people fidgeting in front of me, and then slowly I noticed the crowds flicking a large cockroach or cricket-type bug around.  When you're sitting in a crowd of a million, there's no place for this insect to go but onto another person.  And so it got dangerously near me.  … [Read more...]

Saving For Hajj

“Pilgrimage to the House is a duty unto Allah for mankind, or him who can find a way to perform it.” (The Holy Qur’an, 3:97) Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, and thus an obligation on all who are capable. Going on hajj, though, can seem cost-prohibitive for many. In browsing various hajj packages, I’ve seen prices ranging from $5000 to $8000 per person. That’s a lot of money! But by setting goals and implementing a budgeting system that includes saving monthly for the trip, this … [Read more...]


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