The Children are Awake: Post-Inauguration Spiritual Lessons

We woke our children up with extra gentleness the morning after inauguration day. The night was too long, filled with sad, sleepless thoughts about the road ahead.Calls for optimism filled our social media feed, but many of us were still busy calming the anxiety within ourselves and our homes. We had some dark dreams that night, but it's morning now, the children are awake, and God is the light of the heavens and the earth.Islam teaches us that the wisest, purest, and bravest things … [Read more...]

To the working mother: you are not alone!

A dilemma many working mothers face: do I go back to work or do I stay home with my little one(s)? I remember having this internal dialogue for months during my maternity leave. The mere thought of leaving my child to the care of someone else for eight hours a day shook me to my core and left me feeling miserable for days on end.As my maternity leave came to an end, I couldn’t fathom not having the flexibility and spontaneity with which I was spending my days with my son. I began to stress a … [Read more...]

The Khan Chronicles: Adventures of a School Administrator and Her Two and a Half Children

My life and career as an educator has ensured that my list of “The Truly Shocking” has—for better or worse—dwindled with time. As a former elementary school principal and current high school vice principal, I’ve dealt with the full gamut of child-related issues. Just name it: crying children screaming for their mommies, fist fights breaking out in the cafeteria over ‘yo mama’ jokes, students struggling with mental health issues—I’ve seen it all.So you’ll forgive for once thinking that, as a b … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Blast from the Past: The Wait

I baked up a storm and the breads and granolas are stealthily disappearing. I caught up with laundry and organized closets, the next cycle is already starting to pile itself up with clothes rapidly throwing themselves into disarray. I organized all the toys, puzzles, and books in the basement and just when I turned away, it seems they grew feet and started clambering out of the neat shelves spilling over the basement floor into the living room and bedrooms.Every time, I take a deep breath … [Read more...]

GrowMama Picks: Remembering 9/11

Many of us can relate to this Growmama writer's experience in explaining to her son about world events.Talk to your children about 9/11 in an age appropriate way.  Here are 8  tips  on talking to your kids about 9/11 this week. Participate in a community building unity walk with your family. Plus it’s fun and healthy!Teach your children the value of community service by adopting a cause or charity for the day, or post a good deed that your family or child plans to perform. You can contac … [Read more...]

A Day at the Park

There are days when the human spirit cannot be confined to walls and gadgetry. It yearns to experience nature in all its beauty. "Let us first be as simple and well as nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world," (Thoreau, Walden).  "Indeed We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it..." (Surah al Kahf, verse 7)"And what … [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...]

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...]