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...]

The Woman who Chose Allah

How do you explain to your six-year old daughter why she was born blind?  What do you say to console your autistic ten year old when she complains no one wants to be her friend?  How do you comfort your 14-year-old son when he knows the reason he can’t read beyond the first grade level is that he has moderate retardation?The story of the woman promised paradise might help explain to your beloved son or daughter the answer to questions such as these. This beautiful hadith in narrated by Ata bi … [Read more...]

The Ninety-Nine Names of Allah Tree

As the new school year begins and a shift of seasons takes place,  my girls and I decided to make a tree with the ninety-nine names of Allah adorned on the leaves. It is a simple and beautiful project, and a wonderful learning opportunity. As we glued the names on the leaves we discussed what the different names of Allah meant and tried to give examples. In Islam we do not have images of Allah, but through these beautiful names we can gain a better understanding of who He is. By encouraging them … [Read more...]

Building A Foundation

Alhamdulillah I have been Muslim for ten years now. I grew up in a household without religion but with a strong sense of spirituality. We were God-conscious but without a religious home. My father became a Muslim when I was eleven years old. I became a Muslim eleven years after him.As Muslim parents, my husband and I are facing the challenge of establishing an Islamic tradition in our family. Alhamdulillah I see how blessed our son is to be brought up as a Muslim. In a way, insha’Allah, this w … [Read more...]

Ramadan Blues

The demanding aspects of our full time job as mothers can have a debilitating affect on our spirituality, especially if we have young children who need constant attention and nurturing. We are caught up in the wheel of chores and routines where we seldom find time for ourselves.Ramadan is when we feel it most. We reminiscence of the days when we had the freedom to worship as we please without being tied down to responsibilities. We develop a sense of regret and remorse and wish we did that … [Read more...]

GrowMama Ramadan Picks

This month’s picks are all related to Ramadan. It’s just around the corner! Ramadan Mubarak to all of our readers. Enjoy this collection of links and resources. Please share your go-to sites in the comments section below!1. Hakima Midwifery has some great tips for pregnant or breastfeeding moms.2. We love the Ramadan Moon song by Yusuf Islam.3. Some great crafts for kids can be found on this Ramadan Joy site.4. This blog has some pointers for the days that you cannot fast.5. Can … [Read more...]

Ramadan: A Month of Reflection and Renewal for the Soul

A month of fasting from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset may not sound like anything to look forward to but Ramadan is the most beautiful and most anticipated month of the year for many Muslims, myself included.  It is the month in the Islamic year that unites all Muslims from all ethnicities and social classes, a month that reminds us all that the only thing that makes one person better than another is their piety, not their wealth or status.  It is the month in which we humble o … [Read more...]

How to Help Children Memorize the Quran

We asked some of our writers to share a tip that has helped their children memorize Quran. Here are their answers:M writes,"Inspired by a tip on zenhabits.com, I chose a trigger for our Quran memorization. That is, to make our daily Quran sessions an indispensable part of our day, like brushing teeth and putting on pajamas. After dinner and clearing the table, that's just what we do, everyday, no excuses. The house is, even if just for a few fleeting minutes, buzzing with Quran. If one c … [Read more...]

Woman. You.

What are these bonds that evade us? Where is the woman that will remain standing with me when the storm blows over and shakes us to our roots? Are these the dreams of a middle school girl who can't come to grips with the reality of womanhood? Am I pining for a time past and can never be recaptured? Can true bonds  only be forged among the innocent of hearts? Am I too judgmental, bossy, intrusive, brash, needy and attention seeking to be worthy of a real friendship?We are mirrors of each … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks for April ’11

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we'll share with you at the end of every month.1. This article on resilience in children was posted on our discussion board.2. Last week's NPR story, as well as the French face-cover ban, sparked some interesting debate. Dr. Imad Bayoun's Friday khutba response was timely.3. Collard Green Muslim had us laughing and crying at her story The Day My Soul Caught Fire.4. We were deeply touched by Yasmin Moga … [Read more...]