My Little Life
I’m Amnah, a Muslim mom blogger from the San Francisco Bay Area. Here you’ll find crafts and projects for kids and moms alike, sweet and savory recipes, and random ramblings about raising three little girls.
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Every once in a while, something happens that alters our lives forever. It shakes us to our core and affects the rest of the way we live out our life. Rarely do we ask for such an occurrence, but rather unknowingly bring it upon ourselves through divine intervention. I’m not a superstitious person by any means. Black cats, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders don’t phase me. On the first day of seventh grade, my horoscope read: August will be a month you will always remember. Strange, since it was already September and nothing noteworthy had gone down the month before. Still every once in a while, I remember that horoscope and the supposedly memorable August. This past August, August … Continue reading
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This Ramadan I’ve been trying to incorporate more traditions for the girls. We started with moon sighting, though unsuccessful, started the ball rolling for our new Ramadan traditions. As the girls slept that night, I did some quick decorating so that they would wake up to a special surprise. I incorporated decorations that they have been making along with a couple of other items. I stress “quick”. I wasn’t super feeling the setup, but I wanted to get something up. It’s since changed a few times and will change a few more until it feels right. As for the gift sets, I wanted them to be more Muslim-y and Ramadan themed but the idea came to me while in Michaels … Continue reading
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As a little girl, I used to search the night sky trying to find the Ramadan moon. It was such a magical concept, to view the moon that would signal the start of the holiest month for all the Muslims across the world. Moon sighting is a tradition that I have longed to start with my children. This year I was determined to start. To prepare the girls and to get them excited about the event, I suggested we make telescopes to help spot the moon. Of course, the girls were all in. Supplies: Paper towel rolls, wrapping paper dowels, or toilet paper rolls Paper, stickers, markers – anything you with to decorate with Ribbon or yarn Instructions: Have your … Continue reading
There are no words that I can say myself to be more moving or influential than the words of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the subject of Ramadan. I simply cannot read this without weeping. We are all truly blessed to have made it to another Ramadan, Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah. The Prophet’s Sermon on Ramadan Baihaqi reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) that Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it, he (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, “O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgivenesses. Allah has decreed this month the … Continue reading
Ramadan and Eid are among us! Iftaar dinners, after taraweeh desserts, and Eid feasts are all close by. Many families use Ramadan as a chance to come together to break fast. ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amro ibn Al ‘Aas, narrated that a man once asked Allah’s Messenger (pbuh), ‘Which is the best [of actions] in Islam?’ He replied, “Feeding others and extending the Salaam to those who you know and those you do not.” (At-Targeeb – Saheeh) source Eid Creations offers pretty and fun table ware and party supplies specifically for Ramadan and Eid. They offer paper plates in two sizes, napkins, and balloons in a few styles that will suit many tastes. Styles vary from playful sheep or typography to classic … Continue reading
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I see my children as an inspiration to me. They inspire me to be more creative and fun loving. To be a better person and lead by good example. They always inspire me to embrace life’s small celebrations and appreciate huge accomplishments. As a mother, Sam’n Iqbal took inspiration from her two young children and created a beautiful and well thought out Islamic alphabet book, Allah to Z. Each letter of the alphabet highlights a significant part of Islamic culture and history in a way that’s fun and understandable for children. The rhymes are meaningful and insightful. I really loved that this book went beyond the basic and expected. It didn’t just stop at “W is for Wudu”. It went through the steps and … Continue reading
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My contributor post for AmericanMuslimMom is up! Eid is almost here! Make sure you check out my 7 Tips for Thoughtful and Creative Eid Gifts. I share my favorite tips for pulling together Eid gifts that are just as exciting to give as they are to receive.
Barakah Life is hosting a Ramadan Cookie Contest. Eid Cookies, November, 2010 Anyone and everyone (international submissions accepted!) is welcome to participate. There are two categories, traditional and non-traditional. You may submit one recipe, so pick your best! Click over to find out all the required guidelines. Hurry, submissions must be e-mailed to email@example.com by April 30, 2011 (extended!) May 30, 2011. Forgive me for not notifying you all sooner! If it makes you feel better, I haven’t started my recipe yet!
Colours of My Life Day 4 - A picture of something you’d like to do again. Hajj. I’ll never forget taking this picture. It was some time after 3 am and already the first level was packed. Seven years ago I was privileged and blessed enough to be given the opportunity to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca. I went with my mother, my father, and my younger siblings. It truly is a journey of a lifetime and not something that I can describe eloquently enough to do it justice. Seeing the Kaa’ba for the first time was one of the most powerful moments of my life. We face in its direction five times a day when … Continue reading
I look forward to these images every year. (photo by Muhammed Muheisen) See the rest here.