GrowMama Blast from the Past: Drawing a Hadith

I recently moved a bookshelf into my kitchen, so that the children could have easy access to drawing paper, colored pencils, pastels, markers, glue, scissors, as well as all of their school books (you know, in case they feel like doing a math lesson on their own). Drawing at the table has become the go-to activity when mama is busy cooking, cleaning, or just plain cranky. While this has resulted in quite a few unwanted scribbles and way too many cap-less markers, it has also released an exciting … [Read more...]

My Fashion Folly

A couple of years back skinny jeans emerged as the latest must have. Boot cut, flared and wide legged pants were now a thing of the past. All of a sudden I was out of style. Yikes! What just happened? The one article of clothing that was always my saving grace, my bootcut jeans, were no longer fashionable! As if it wasn't already hard enough being a Hijabi in the US.I told myself, "Skinny jeans are completely inappropriate Islamic attire right? They are like wearing spandex, the entire form o … [Read more...]

Ramadan Crafts

Here are a few easy craft ideas to help your children get a good taste of Ramadan and to help create lasting memories...and maybe even start a new Ramadan tradition, insha'Allah. RAMADAN CALENDARSThe small calendars above were  made using  1/2 sheet card stock,  reinforcement  labels, star stickers, heart punch, glue stick, ribbon/ yarn for hanging and print outs of "Ramadan" "MTWTF" and the following Quran verse :“O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed f … [Read more...]

Growmama Roundup: Ramadan Traditions

We asked our GrowMama writers this question:  What are your family Ramadan traditions?S writes:" On the eve of Ramadan we bake crescent cookies with the children. That's their first Ramadan smell. As a family we put up some Ramadan decorations. I've collected some of their Ramadan crafts over the years and I hang them up around the house along with some white flowered garlands that I bought from Michael's. The kids love to see their old crafts. About an hour before sunset, we sit as a f … [Read more...]

Implementing Qur’anic Verses and Ahadith

We asked some of our GrowMama writers to share a hadith or aya from the Qur'an that they have used to help their children develop a good habit. Here is what they had to say:S writes:Inna Allaaha ma' as-saabireen, "Indeed Allah is with the patient." At times life is hard for young kids. Learning to write their name or tie shoe laces can bring on the biggest tears. I remind them that not everything can come easily. Allah is always with the mindful believer who remains steadfast and patient. I … [Read more...]

The Little Gremlin

I always used to drive really fast; much faster than the speed limit. Driving was never a pleasure in and of itself, but a means to an end. Until of course I came to the realization that my time in the car is a magical time. A time that I use to catch up with friends and family and also a time to get a bit of a spiritual pick me up.  From the recommendation of a dear sister, I began listening to Hesham Al-Awadi’s cd-series, “Children Around the Prophet.” He explains the tender nature of the Proph … [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...]

The “D” word

It feels like drowning in the dark, and you don't know how to swim. Sometimes it feels like the sick feeling you have when you get the news that someone very close to you has a deadly disease. I can go on and on how horrible it feels but it won't be enough. That's what depression feels like.In the beginning nothing worked, I didn't know what was "happening" to me so my kind family doctor gave me anti-depressants. I remember how good they felt, "IT" was over I thought. Yes I didn't feel … [Read more...]

To Him we belong, and to Him is our return.

Being pregnant was a surreal experience for me. I had never liked pets. You probably can’t see the connection between pets and pregnancy, but for a person who was never comfortable around little living, breathing creatures with anatomies that differed from mine, a slight stretch of the imagination is all you need to see what I mean. Plus the two were almost totally absent from my childhood. So when I felt the baby kick, and later hiccup, bend her elbows, and stretch her legs, I was in awe of A … [Read more...]

A Gallon of Milk Means Love

Last night was movie night in our house.  We were camped on on the bed, hubby on one side, me on the other, baby in between, my oldest son teetering on the far edge while his brothers and sister came and went.  They were more interested in fighting space battles with plastic light sabers than watching a shoot-em-up bang-bang movie on TV.The movie was pure action adventure, with an unlikely hero pitted against a stereotypically evil bad guy.  At one point, Bad Guy tells Hero that he must co … [Read more...]