The Great Reciter of Alexandria Part III

Umm Al Sa'ad of AlexandriaHer studentsWhen asked about her students Umm Al-Sa'ad said:"I remember every one of them, there were some who received Ijaaza in one of the recitations, and there were some (and they were very few) who received ijaaza in all ten recitations. They are the ones who received an ijaaza with a special seal that I have that I always keep with me, I never give it to anyone no matter how much I have trust in them."The happiest days for Umm Al-Sa'ad are the days of … [Read more...]

Only When You’re Satisfied

Every. Single. Time.Every time I learn to be satisfied with what I have, Allah gives me better.I remember the first time I felt unhappy and dissatisfied was after I graduated from high school, and, as a non-Saudi living in Saudi Arabia, was not accepted into the university in Jeddah. The only option I saw in front of me was to study in a Qurán school. Oh God, I thought, this is the place all the old ladies and high school dropouts come to in the mornings. It’s not a place for someone who … [Read more...]

Disciplinary Technique: 1, 2, 3 Magic!

Every parent has their own techniques for discipline, but here is a humorous tale about the “magic” of counting to three that you may find useful.Black, black and more black!  Black seemed to be the only colour choice for Fatima’s three and a half year old daughter, Jameela. Day after day, the little girl vigorously scribbled until her colouring book was covered with a thick, waxy build up of black crayon.  Fatima sat with her little girl, and offered other colours.  She even tried to colour … [Read more...]

Who Made This?

My daughter often reminds me that sometimes adults think too much for their own good.“Prove that God exists.” This challenge is laid before those who believe in Allah. Many have, but no hard and fast proof exists. If it did exist, belief in, and acceptance of, Allah (swt) would not be rewarded and considered morally good. This is why belief is no longer accepted once the major signs of the Day of Judgment begin – when physical proof of the existence of Allah is made clear. And if there was “p … [Read more...]

Greeting Strangers on a Sunny Day

A few days ago the temperature was spring-like, so the girls and I decided to go biking. Well, that is not totally truthful. They rode their bikes while I hiked behind them. We chose a challenging route that required lots of energy and a positive attitude.Along the way, as our smiles began to turn into tears, a red minivan gave us a friendly honk, and the driver waved at us and kept on going. I waved back, wondering who the driver may be. Could he or she be someone I know or could they be a … [Read more...]

While You Are Not Watching

This was the title of an email I received few days ago. Basically, it mentioned that kids learn more from what they see you do than from what you instruct them to do. When I read this email, I remembered my 12 year old son's words, "Mama, when you grow old I'll take good care of you like you do with Geddo (grandfather)". My eyes filled with tears and I was thankful to Allah.SubhanAllah!!!! I have the honor to care for my 80 year old father after he suffered a stroke. After my son's words, I … [Read more...]

Stay At Home Moms

Stay at home moms. Hmm, I wonder where this term came from. I think it's supposed to refer to moms who are out of the work force, who are the main caregivers of their children, and whose primary job it is to manage their homes. I've been a "stay at home" mom since I jumped off the career track when my first child was born about 8 years ago.For a brief time, I tried to be a "work at home" mom, but an inability to concentrate – or even finish a thought – got the better of me. As the years pas … [Read more...]

Sunshine

Looking back now it’s funny to think that by my mid-twenties I had thought that all my exciting firsts were behind me.  However in the past 2.5 years I’ve experienced a lot of firsts that have pushed all my other firsts to second place.  Getting married, my first home, my first child and inevitably, my first emotional moment as a mother.I was singing to my little girl while changing her, "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.  You make me happy when skies are grey.  You’ll never know dear, … [Read more...]

That Feeling

The feeling had been with me from the start of the day: that something exciting was going to happen, though for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what it was.So in the car we all piled, with both babies fed and changed, and headed for the medical center. We got to the ophthalmology department and my husband checked in. By then I was feeling really silly, wondering why on earth I had felt the need to escort my husband to an eye exam, pushing the twins in their double stroller and making a s … [Read more...]

Underdosing

It’s a cruel rite of passage that most new parents experience during their first year on the job. Having escaped the trial with my first, I was put to the test with my second child.At around midnight, I heard my 10-month-old daughter crying in a way that told me she was not just turning over or wanting an extra cuddle. Something sounded wrong and sure enough, she was burning up. I promptly went to the medicine cabinet, took out the infant Tylenol and gave her the dose listed on the bottle.  By … [Read more...]