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Meet A Mom Series One

This week I began a new feature called "Meet a Mom". I wanted to hear from moms like you who have valuable tips to share with other moms from around the world. Let's welcome our first three amazing moms who have generously taken the time to share their very best words of advice with us! 1. Sr. Faaiza Daya of www.muslimhousewifesa.wordpress.com I am Faaiza Daya, stay at home mother. I live in Gauteng, South Africa. I am a mother of two toddlers. My son is 5 years and my little girl will be 3 in (Read more...)
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10 More Spiritual Resolutions for a Muslima

I am expanding on my last post on setting spiritual resolutions for yourself as a Muslima. You can read the first part of the article, 10 Spiritual Resolutions for a Muslima here. I always find Ramadan a refreshing time of the year, so I feel motivated to set some spiritual goals for myself during that month. I may not keep to everything I set, but I believe in reaching for the stars and aiming high, so my accomplishments can surmise to a decent amount of effort. As I said before, do not feel (Read more...)
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10 Spiritual Resolutions for a Muslima

As Muslims, Shawwal is usually our “fresh start” month for the year ahead. It’s a time when you feel spiritually cleansed of your sins and physically detoxed of your bad habits by the past month of Ramadan. It’s our time to instill our “new year’s resolutions” that’s all the hype for others each January. Rewind to Shabaan, and that’s the month most people feel quite anxious by the approaching Ramadan. Usually, we’re not ready to face the month ahead because of having missed fasts (Read more...)
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The Muslima’s Guide to Qada

Life keeps getting faster and time keeps losing barakah. Your biggest challenge nowadays as a busy Muslima, is to hold onto your fards. There is no excuse for being "too busy" or "too stressed and tired" and missing your fards. Even with good reason, most fards need to be repaid in the form of qada before your death. Qada (قُضِي) is the Arabic word for fulfilling the duties (usually your fard obligations) that you've missed due to some reason. With this in mind, we need to set time aside (Read more...)
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Being Kind to Yourself as a Mom

The title of this article may sound ridiculous, but being kind to yourself as a mother is a rare occurrence. A mom can sometimes be her own worst enemy. Being kind to oneself as a mother is a priceless gift to give yourself. Most times, you forget that you're an individual with your own wants and needs. You become so wrapped up in everyone else's needs that you forego your own and no one even asked you to. Think of the scenario of counting a roomful of people at a party. You count ever single person (Read more...)
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3 Ways to be a Better Spouse

To have a decent marriage takes work. It isn't the Disney Fairy Tale we grew up watching which caused our delusions of "forever-after" love to formulate. When you witness a successful marriage, you shouldn't think it's because the couple is "lucky" or the husband must be "awesome". Realize that both or even one spouse is working hard and putting in the extra time to make the marriage a success. A successful marriage doesn't happen automatically either. It happens when you accept your spouse completely (Read more...)
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Accepting Motherhood Muslim Mom Ebook

It's finally here. My first Mom Ebook. I have been working for over a year on a series of ebooks for busy Muslim mothers. Alhumdulillah through all the hectic days and numerous interruptions as a busy mom, the first one has been published! I cannot express how wonderful it is to share this valuable resource with you because it is written primarily for Muslim Moms! This first ebook in my motherhood series, Accepting Motherhood for the Overwhelmed Muslim Mom, will help you discover what your (Read more...)
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A Moms Guide To Istikhara

Many times we are told by pious family and friends, to pray istikhara for the decisions we face in life, but we are not told much about the hows of Istikhara. I used to think istikhara was a prayer I must make only for major decisions in my life, or if I could not make up my mind about something paramount. I was not familiar with the actual essence of this powerful prayer, nor its valuable benefit to my conflicts. I did not realize that this prayer made me put my trust in Allah entirely, by asking (Read more...)