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Two Rules

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman As my children get older, and I seek to be intentional about norm setting in our home, the family discussion around "rules" has begun. Having a background in education, I know that the fewer rules there are, the easier they are for children to remember and adhere to.… Continue reading Two Rules

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The Heart of Service: “I Get to Serve My Family”

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman When I think of the term "service," the most immediate images that come to mind are serving food in a soup kitchen, donating clothing, and participating in a canned food drive. I think a lot of us associate the concept of "service" with something that we do for… Continue reading The Heart of Service: “I Get to Serve My Family”

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At the Very Least, Dua

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman During the month of Dhul Hijjah, I participated in Rabata's Pilgrims @ Home Challenge, which was a wonderful avenue for rejuvenating my spirit post Ramadan. The ibadah activities outlined in the challenge encouraged me to keep up the practice throughout the year by being more intentional and strategic… Continue reading At the Very Least, Dua

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Reflections on Patience in Marriage

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Someone reached out to me recently seeking advice on patience in marriage. My first thought was: "Oh habibati, you are already leaps and bounds ahead of me, mashaAllah, and I'm not sure I am the best person to ask as someone who chose to end her marriage." That… Continue reading Reflections on Patience in Marriage

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The Necessity of Consistent “Tech-Free” Time

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman My family and I have recently taken up the challenge of going tech-free for 24 hours, every weekend. For us, this means: no televisions, no screens, no laptops/devices, no radio, and no phones (we do use my actual camera if I want to take pictures). This has been… Continue reading The Necessity of Consistent “Tech-Free” Time

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Becoming a Family of Prayer

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman One of my spiritual goals has always been to be a person of prayer. For me, this means: being a person who truly finds peace, comfort, and contentment in the salah; developing concentration and connection in the salah; fulfilling the salah at the earliest timing with a fresh… Continue reading Becoming a Family of Prayer

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Reflections on Pilgrims @ Home

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: August 2, 2020) Alhumdulilah, this was my most productive first ten days of Dhul Hijjah to date!It started with preparing my children for this blessed month. We did a number of hands-on projects, reading, video watching, and program attendance to acquire a true understanding of the significance… Continue reading Reflections on Pilgrims @ Home

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Sharing the Excitement of Hajj With Our Children

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: July 18, 2020) As a revert to Islam, I have had the unique opportunity to learn alongside my children the beauties of Islam and the uniqueness of each month of the Hijri Calendar. This year, we are really excited about delving into the many aspects of Dhul… Continue reading Sharing the Excitement of Hajj With Our Children

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Developing Spirituality in the Early Years

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman As parents, we are all concerned about the spirituality of our children and the ultimate destinations of their souls. We spend countless hours making dua for them and doing everything that we can to teach them about the deen, to instill a love of Allah in them, and… Continue reading Developing Spirituality in the Early Years

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Feeling the Ramadan Spirit for Children

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm ImanOriginally Posted: May 8, 2020 Ramadan is such an exciting time of year, and as parents, we want our children to feel the Ramadan spirit! We decorate, we plan activities, we enroll in programs, read stories, and exchange gifts. Because children also like to sing and dance, I made… Continue reading Feeling the Ramadan Spirit for Children