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100 Days till Ramadhan

As the short, cold winter days pass by one by one, we are getting closer and closer to the arrival of another Ramadhan. It’s a month spent doing so many different ebaadahs, from fasting to striving to reciting a juzz every day to standing in […]

Books, Books, Books: Why your kids need them

Books, Books, Books: Why your kids need them

College savings, RESPs, tutors, good schools, and report cards. These words are all part of today’s parents’ vocabulary in the quest to prepare our children for the future. As parents, it’s fair to say that our children’s future is a huge concern. And without a […]

Hospital Waiting Rooms – A Place of Prayer

Hospital Waiting Rooms – A Place of Prayer

Hospital waiting rooms are interesting places. They are quiet and hushed, yet busy and forever in motion. The healthy waiting for the sick. The arrival of good news and bad news. A full range of emotions…from nerve-wracking anxiety to bitter sadness to exuberant joy. Maybe […]

Five Pillars. Just to Please Allah

Five Pillars. Just to Please Allah

  Five pillars, Just to Please Allah by Rabia Bashir; illustrated by Amir al-Zubi Ages 0+     Ask any Muslim this simple question: what is one of the most important concepts in Islam? Chances are that the majority will reply: The 5 Pillars of […]

Hijab…a code of conduct, not just a cloth

The hijab has come to mean a head-covering in the Western world, particularly that worn by Muslim women. However, its actual meaning is so much richer. It is a modest approach to life, encompassing clothing and behaviour. Here’s my recent article on the topic first […]

It’s Jummah!

It’s Jummah!

  It’s Jummah! by Najia Rastgar and Lyazzat Mukhangaliyeva Ages 0+ years After a nearly three month interlude aka summer break between the two Eids, students in Madinah, and around the world, are once again heading off to another year of studying and learning. For some, […]

Ramadan: A Month of Worship, From a Smile to a Prayer

Ramadan: A Month of Worship, From a Smile to a Prayer

Ramadan is a time of increased worship for Muslims around the world. And just as there are millions of Muslims, the acts of worship translate into a million different things. Here is my thoughts on Ramadan through the lens of motherhood, originally posted in Times […]

Bismillah Soup

Bismillah Soup

  Bismillah Soup by Asmaa Hussein, illustrated by Amina Khan Ages 4+ Set in a village in Somalia, the protagonist, Omar, wants to surprise his mother with a delicious feast. He goes to the local Imam, Shaykh Omar, to get help in putting put his […]

The Pearl Tent Library: A New Project

The Pearl Tent Library: A New Project

Being a mom is a hard job. A really hard job. I think we can all agree on that. There’s the endless cycle of poop diapers and feedings and using the washroom with a spectator while cooking and doing the dishes and laundry…. We’re keeping […]

“Stuck in Limbo” (a fictional letter from a Semiahmoo woman) by Zaynab Baksh

“Stuck in Limbo” (a fictional letter from a Semiahmoo woman) by Zaynab Baksh

Canada recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, but the history of this land started thousands of years before that. The relationship between European colonizers and the indigenous peoples of Canada has been filled with years of abuse and suffering. It is only in recent years that […]