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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 […]

Banana Poppers

Banana Poppers

3:30 in the afternoon on weekdays is children happily leaving their day prison aka school, teachers wearily going home for some quiet, and moms or dads rushing to get some food ready for the hungry army thats about to bust down the front door. The […]

Baidaa: Camping…and Jinns

Baidaa: Camping…and Jinns

About a 30 minute drive outside of Madinah, about 60 km from Masjid An-Nabawi, is a stretch of desert known as Wadi-al-Baidaa, which literally translates to the Valley of Baidaa.  Among the local population, it is more commonly known simply as Baidaa. This picturesque area […]

Luqaimat

Luqaimat

Little puffs of melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The golden, crunchy exterior. Then the airy, pillow-y middle. And finally your taste buds are hit by the most exquisite burst of sweetness coupled perfectly with the slightest tangy undertones. Eating one luqaimat is an adventure through the best parts […]

Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice

 Did you know that there are over 40,000 kinds of rice? That it has been part of human diet for over 4,000 years? Or that there is purple rice? How about that saffron is the stigma part of the crocus flower? Or that its value […]