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Monday, June 11, 2018

10 Eid Gift Ideas for the Whole Family by Juwayriyah Ayed

The end of Ramadhan is here. If you're like me, you never have any idea what you're gifts you're going to get your family and friends for Eid. Normally, I either go too cheap and impersonal then end of with a cute but unimpressive pair of socks. Or I get too detailed, too personal, too crafty and end up with a project that takes to two months to complete when I am already in the final stretch of Ramadhan. Whether you're in over your head or browsing the sale items at Target, don't fret! I got you covered.

I've taken the time to throw together a couple different list for just about every budget of cool, thoughtful, and interesting Eid gifts that you can purchase for your family and friends at the last minute. Oh, and most of the items are made by Muslims in the United States -- #support Muslim Artists!

Eid Mubarak,


Dazzle Gifts $25 & Under

4. Adam Muslim Doll Set by AlMuttaqun - $24.99
5. My Little Muslim Friend Puppet (in 3 skin tones) by MuslimZon - $12.00
6. Islamic Shape Cookie Cutter Gift Set - $18.99
7. Dua More, Worry Less Islamic Journal by Hafsa Khizer - $7.96
8. Rainbow Qur'an by AlSharifa - $25
9. Islamic Puzzle by Islamic Wreath - $15
10. Leather Bracelet with Arabic Initials for men - Starts at $15

Under $20 Bargain

1. Personalized Sadaqah Jars/Banks - $15
2. The Blessed Bananas: A Muslim Fable by Tayyaba Syed - $12
3. Al Asmaul Husna Coloring Book - $7.99
4. Mini Crystal Tasbih (different colors available) - $4.63
5. Ramadan and Eid Color Your Own Mug - $5.00
6. Bukhoor Scented Oil - $10.49
7. White Oud Scented Soap - $4.50
8. Organic Raw African Black Soap - $4.95
9. Toddler Quiet Book - $10.95
10. Beard Kit for Men (Includes brush, balm, and oil) - $14.99

Under $10 Super Last Minute Gifts

1. Mini Candles with Arabic Calligraphy - $2.75
2. Islamic Name Wall Art - $7.99
3. Personalized I Love Hijab Keychain - $7.00
4. Mini Eid Mubarak Cards - $1.00
5. Euro Bead Allah Bracelets - 2/$8.00
6. Islamic Manners Activity Book by Fatima D'Oyen - $4.75
7. Pretty Pink Hijab Pins - $2.75
8. Eucalyptus Organic Halal Soap - $2.50
9. Ready-to-use Alhuda 100% Henna with Essential Oil - $7.49
10. Egyptian Musk Incense Sticks (100) - $6.75

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ramadhan, Autism, Mental Health & Faith: The Size of a Mustard Seed by Author & Educator Umm Juwayriyah

And We shall set up balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We as Reckoners. Quran, 21:47

The old adage goes, “A mother’s job is never done.” During Ramadan this saying couldn’t be more truer. From sun up to sun down it seems that Muslim women are the most busiest during this blessed time of year. As women who are aware that this is a month full of blessings, so many of us eagerly await the challenge each year to do our best for ourselves and others.
There’s elaborate food to be cooked for suhoor and iftar, prayers to be made throughout the day  and night, cleaning, washing, children to be taught or entertained with Islamic inspired themes and arts and crafts and family and friends to host. Even for the most Martha Stewart-trained and polished homemakers, Ramadan often leaves many moms exhausted.
Enter Autism and other special needs within the family, and for many it’s either a complete game changer or in some cases, game over!
I choose game changer.
Ever since my youngest daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy and Autism eight years ago, Ramadan has taken on a new meaning for me. My time — already carefully divided between my family, career and providing for her care, medications and everyone’s emotional rollercoasters — always seems to come up short during Ramadan. It’s never an easy defeat to swallow.
That sweet potato casserole that I pinned on Pinterest months ago hoping to surprise my husband and parents with for iftar gets overridden by my afternoon trip to the park with my daughter so that she can sleep throughout the night easier. And those lectures with the sisters that I had hoped to sit in on at least once or twice within the month, I swapped out for the chance to pray salatul Tarawih in congregation while my mother watched my daughter.
Even hosting events at my home are now a challenge due to her sensory issues. I often have to fight off feelings of in-adequateness and jealousy for those Muslim Mommas doing what appears to be “ it all.” I wanted to be like them: cooking, cleaning, hosting events and praying all night. But over the years I have learned that Ramadan is one of the best times to work on perfecting my intentions and acknowledging my gratitude for those tasks that I am able to complete.  
Read the rest of the article on Patheos

Ramadhan Reads 2018

During Ramadhan all of us are trying to dig deeper into our higher selves. For some Muslims taking a break from things like hanging out at the mall, social media, watching hours of television programs, amusement parks helps them to focus their attention and balance their time with more spiritual activities. 

Reading is obviously a great past time. But did you know that there plenty of Ramadhan reads that you and your whole family can use to increase your knowledge, spirituality, and provide you with a bit of halal laughter and enjoyment? Take a look at my fave 2018 Ramadhan Reads and let me know what  think and if you've read of them already!

Children Reads

3. Drummer Girl by Hiba Masood
5. Ramadhan Moon by Naima B. Robert
6. My Daily Ramadan Record Book by Rahmah Rasiman
7. Ramadan Coloring & Activity Book by Reyhana Ismail
9. Ilyas & Duck - Ramadan Joy by Omar S. Khawaja
10. Owl & Cat: Ramadan Is by Emma Apple
11. Ramadan Rhymes by Elizabeth Lymer
12. Ramadan Without Daddy by Misbah Akhtar

Muslim Fiction

1. Love In Ramadan by Tohib Adejumo

Planners & Journals for Adults

1. Ramadan Planner by Brooke Benoit & Reyhana Ismail
4. My Ramadan Plan: Gateway to Paradise by Halah Azim and Aisha AbdelRahman

Cook Books

3. Summer Ramadan Cooking by Yvonne Maffei


1. Glow With Ramadan All Year Long by Laila Qadira Yamini 
4. The Ramadan Survival Guide by Mubarakah Ibrahim