About a month ago, I shared a talk I had done on ABTV about Parenting by Connection. Alhamdulillah, at that time I also had the opportunity to do another segment about the Children’s Islamic Library and Buzz Ideazz – what they are all about and how it all started…:)
An up and coming blog to follow inshallah!
This talented Montessorian mum is filling a much needed space by making Montessori materials for Islamic topics – I have seen many of her activities that she has made and they are FANTASTIC. They are currently being used in our Madressa as well, to much success, Alhamdulillah 🙂
Follow her here for lots of ideas – most of which you will be able to make yourself in your homes!
Well, that sums up the blog review! Althought technically, one or two were not blogs, I thought they were great resources so posted them anyway ;).
Hope you found lots of interesting and inspiring stuff to read and if you come across any good ones that haven’t been covered, please do post! Especially Muslim dad blogs…I saw a few but wasn’t too keen so didn’t review them so if there is one you know of and like, please share!
And on that note, Jummah Mubarak and have an awesome day all!
Blog 10: Children of Jannah – Sorrow to Serenity – http://www.childrenofjannah.com/
For my final blog review, i thought I would cover this little gem. It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful things people are doing all over the world, especially in the face of loss and sadness.
From their site: “There is no loss more devastating than the death of a child. The symptoms of grief are more intense than with any other loss. The lives of parents and families are never the same. How do parents heal from the heartbreak? How can mothers accept what has happened and embrace life again?
Children of Jannah is an organisation that offers support to grieving families following the loss of a child. Scholars of Islam agree that a child who dies before reaching puberty enters Jannah without trial. The Children of Jannah live in eternal peace and tranquillity, free from any suffering or harm.”
The website will allow you to get a free e-book by Hafizah Ismail, which gives 11 powerful ways to help a mother find peace through the pain of child loss. Hafizah Ismail draws on her experience as a life coach and Muslim speaker to outline spiritual and practical steps based on Islamic teachings that equip grieving mothers with the tools to move from heartache to happiness.
Their facebook page is also a great resource, and allows you to keep up to date with their activities. They are very active too, Mashallah, with fundraising events at local hospitals being organised, so am sure there are plenty of ways to get involved 🙂
I pray that this is a source of comfort for those who need it, Inshallah…
They are on Facebook also: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenofJannah
Blog 9: Handmade Beginnings – http://handmadebeginnings.blogspot.co.uk/
Another cute little blog which has many ideas on how to make Islam come alive in your house with different arts and crafts ideas.
I really enjoyed the variety of different ideas on how to reinforce the Arabic alphabet, such as the letter toss and paint bag writing, but most of all i loved the I Thank Allah frame idea, where she made a sun and each of the rays was something she (the blogger’s daughter) is thankful for. The end result was beautiful 🙂
Click on the appropriate tags on the right for more ideas!
Happy reading and crafting 🙂
Blog 8: A Crafty Arab – http://acraftyarab.blogspot.co.uk/
So here’s something a little different today – but Inshallah just as inspiring! A blog by a Libyan-American artist/mum, it has loads of lovely ideas on crafts you can do with your children.
Her latest project is creating Arabic Alphabet flashcards, and there are alphabet colouring pages available for download for your children. I love her 30 day Ramadan projects which have an activity for every day of the month – something to start preparing for and looking forward to 🙂
FYI – I loved the post: ‘My love to Pamela Geller…no, really!’ where she actually made a Love Notebook for her to try and combat the hate!
She’s also on FB: https://www.facebook.com/acraftyarab
Happy reading and crafting 🙂
Blog 7: My Special Child – Muslim Mums
Someone had asked me to post about any blogs from moms with children who have chronic illnesses or disabilities. I have come across one just now – it’s not an open blog however, but a closed group which requires you to request you to join it so have not been able to see the content myself.
Here is the blurb: “This group has been set up for Muslim Mums of children with special needs/chronic illness. Sometimes it can be very isolating and often its difficult to keep your iman uplifted and it would help to talk to other Muslim parents going through similar issues. Inshallah we can support each other through our parenting challenges.”
Here is the link to request to join:https://www.facebook.com/groups/171260796351146/
Hope this helps Inshallah…
Blog 6: Biscuits and Banarsi – http://www.biscuitsandbanarsi.com/
This here is an up and coming blog! Funky name, funky website…i loved it. Biscuits and Banarsi – as their tagline states – is a mix of motherhood, faith and humanity.
In their own words: “Once upon a time, two pregnant women met at a party. After talking they realized their passion for wanting to be MORE than just average Muslim moms. Disappointed at their individual failed blog attempts, they now have put their mommy brains together, because two minds are better than one.”
That’s the short version. For the long version, go to their blog!
As with the other blogs, a range of topics are considered and written about. I like the fact that normally hush topics are ventured into, such as In Sickness and In Health – the post that looks into whether perfect health makes a perfect marriage, and why if you perhaps have certain illnesses/conditions, getting married becomes more difficult.
I particularly liked Secret Date 🙂 Won’t say any more…check it out! Happy Reading 🙂
They are also on FB:https://www.facebook.com/biscuitsandbanarsi
Blog 5: Grow Mama Grow – http://growmama.com/
This is one of the first Muslim parenting blogs I cam across – it is not written by any one person but is contributed to by a number of people. In their own words: “Our blog is updated twice a week with fresh, original reflections on everything from spirituality to peanut butter by everyday mothers like you.”
In fact it’s not only mums who contribute – the latest post is by a father who writes about re-assessing his role as a father – a wonderful piece full of reflection but written in a lighthearted way.
There are many gems in this blog – Please Don’t Look Away if by a mum of a daughter who has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy who talks about wanting people NOT to look away out of politeness, but to look and look carefully, and notice the little things like her grin :).
Grow Mama Grow is on FB also:https://www.facebook.com/growmamagrow
Happy reading 🙂
Blog 4: The Muslim Housewife – http://themuslimhousewife.com/
I happened to stumble across this one…and was intrigued by the name, due to the usual negative connotations given to the term: “housewife”. I loved how the blogger explains her choice – perfect, in my opinion!
In her own words: “What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Muslim housewife? Perhaps a woman who is middle aged, uneducated, spends most of her time cooking and cleaning, and has absolutely no time for herself. Well I’m here to redefine what today’s Muslim housewife is all about. She’s not only hip and chic, but she also knows how to live a life that balances mind, body, and soul!
Housewives are looked upon as people who just cook, clean, and take care of the kids. It’s time people realize that housewives are capable of a lot more than they think. The work a housewife does in our society is undermined. But if one looks closely it is probably the best and most rewarding jobs a person could have.
Muslim Housewife Redefined: A woman who is confident, empowered, and embraces her roles in life without giving up her sense of self.”
The bloggers articles are quite detailed and deep, and which leave you reflecting quite a lot! I especially loved the article on Eman blues…the dip in feeling spiritual that comes when you are not fasting or praying due to breastfeeding and the like, and how to help feel connected again!
Check her out on FB as well:https://www.facebook.com/themuslimhousewife
Happy Reading 🙂