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...]

Holding Onto Identity

It's what defines us... who we are, what we stand for, our past and our future. We hold on to values, culture, language, religion, morals, family, ethics.... we hold on to identity. We all struggle in varying degrees with our sense of identity, some more than others. We strive to keep the norms, hand down the dress, memorize the songs, pass on the recipes, learn the customs but most importantly teach our children their roots and the roots of their ancestors.We pass on to them the foundations … [Read more...]

Courage to Change

Not many of us crave change.  In fact, many of us will try to avoid it and even resist it. But change is a constant in life. We are born as tiny helpless infants and if Allah (SwT) wills, we grow into active children and youth, then ambitious adults, and finally we grow old and become frail and weak yet again. We change not only physically, but emotionally.  Allah (SwT) tells us in the Quran: “And that it is He who makes one laugh and weep” (Surah Al-Najm: 44).  One day we are happy, and the next … [Read more...]

How I Homeschool

There are so many ways to homeschool, and most homeschoolers will tell you that they don’t question whether or not to homeschool – but rather HOW.   I’m not sure exactly what to call what we do, although others have come up with “unschooling”, “learning at home”, “self-directed education” and “child-centered learning,” among others.  What we don’t do is have a school at our home.  Homeschooling, however referred to, and whatever the methodology, just means that parents are taking on the responsib … [Read more...]

Liberated Through Sewing

I would never have guessed,Had you asked me before,That sewing would be somethingI would opt for.I never took a class,Never really liked it,Watched my older sisters suffer,And hate every bit.See, they chose to take classes,In their high school years,And seeing them sew,Was what bred my fears.Oh, the nights they stayed up late,With coffee cup in hand,Fretting over backwards zippers,And stray threads and strands.Oh, the tension that grew,As the … [Read more...]

Why Do You Wear It?

For Muslim women who are wearing hijab, hoping to put it on, thinking of taking it off or already have, watching the media put their spin on hijab is surreal. Class, politics, oppression, suppression, economic status, religious superiority, intellectual inferiority, modesty, shame, pride—it’s all been said. The more layers are piled on, the more complicated hijab seems.So, why do you wear that scarf?I’ve been asked that question a hundred times, but sometimes still fumble for an a … [Read more...]


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