Preconception?… I Cried that Night

This blog post brought tears to my eyes…it gives new meaning to the idea that we should give 70 excuses to others before assuming the worst.  But alas, we’d rather assume someone is a lousy parent, or that a child is spoiled, than assume there is a reason behind those actions.

Preconception?… I Cried that Night.

Also reminds me of another post I read:

Top 5 Reasons You Should Never Piss Off An Autism Mom

http://laughingthroughtears.com/2011/10/21/top-five-reasons-you-should-never-piss-off-an-autism-mom/

There’s just an underlying rawness, and hurt, and loneliness to these emotions.  It puts a lot into perspective and should make us think twice before judging others, particularly those who may be in desperate need of our support, our mercy, and our kindness…

Muslim Mom Network Online Community

So, I’ve been “away” for a while, away from my blog that is.  I’ve been working on one of my many pet projects, and I’m finally done with one I’ve been working on for some time now.

http://muslimmomnetwork.com

I started a googlegroup back in 2006 and we’re now at about 375 members, and I figured it was time to offer more to our growing community – and so this site came to be 🙂  Good news is, I might have more time to get back to my blog…well maybe once everything gets settled :).  Anyway, here is some information below for any women interested in checking us out insha Allah.

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Muslim Mom Network (MMN) is an online community where mothers and future mothers can go to find empathy and support while they share experiences and advice about pregnancy, childbirth, post delivery life, discipline and raising children.  In addition, we see each mother as a whole person and hope to fostor a safe and secure environment for mothers to network with other women, meet new people, explore their interests and help them realize their goals.  Here are some of the features we offer:

  • Connect, Coordinate and Collaborate with Other Members!
  • Create Your Own Discussions and Blogs!
  • Publicize Your Events Using Our Events Calendar Feature!
  • Create Your Own Groups, and Meet Members with Similar Interests or Use the Groups Feature to Create Your Own Halaqas!
  • Get Instant Answers and Meet Other Members in the Main Chatroom!
  • Post Your Questions in the Main Forum and Get Answers and Support from Other Moms 24/7!
  • Add Photos, Videos and More!  You can even import photos from Flickr!
  • Put Names with Faces!
  • The MMN Website is Integrated with Facebook and Twitter so all the accounts can be updated at once! 
All women are welcome. We just ask all our members to be open-minded, respectful and tolerant.
To Contact Us, email muslimmomnetwork@gmail.com.

 

MMN Logo Contest Extended – Logos Due January 7th, 11:59 PM!

MMN LOGO CONTEST!

Due to a handful or requests, the Deadline will be extended for 1 week iA. 

Logos are Due.  January 7th, 11:59 PM.  Decision will be made by January 14th iA

Thank you to those who have already submitted entries.  Jazak Allah Khayr 🙂  Look forward to seeing your designs!!

Muslim Mom Network Co-sponsoring SMILE Blanket/Coat Drive

All blankets/coats will go to the homeless in Passaic County, NJ.  Any excess items will be donated to shelters in Northern NJ. 

Attached is the instruction sheet for individuals coordinating the collection at the drop off locations :  Blanket_Drive_-_Instructions

Share the Warmth: Blanket/Coat Drive
On behalf of the Smile Organization, we would like to invite you to participate in the Smile Blanket/Coat drive this winter.

How Can You Help?

Donate a blanket or winter coat (see below for drop off locations)
 
Share a picture of your blanket/coat on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/smileforcharity) or Twitter (@Smileforcharity)
 
Tag 10 friends  
                    
Drop-off locations:
                          Masjid Omar ibn al-Khattab
                          501 Getty Avenue
                          Paterson, NJ 07053

                          Islamic Society of Central Jersey
                          4145 Route 1 South
                          Monmouth Junction, NJ 08552

                          Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center
                          110 Harrison Street
                          Boonton, NJ 07005

                          New Brunswick Islamic Center
                          1330 Livingston Avenue
                          North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Why is this important?

Over 12,000 residents in New Jersey will brave a harsh winter on the streets
That number keeps increasing and counties like Morris have seen their homeless population double recently
We hope that with your assistance this campaign can grow and help our fellow men and women in need!

The drive is co-sponsored by:

Muslim Mom Network
Islamic Society of Central Jersey
Masjid Omar ibn al-Khattab
Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center
MYCC

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So, I know it’s not easy for everyone to be involved, so here are my suggestions to make it easier for everyone:
 
1.  If possible, each person can donate a used/clean blanket or buy a new one (Some places sell them for $15/$20 sometimes)…a throw size or twin size is generally good enough
2.  If you cannot buy or donate a blanket, but would like to participate, you can donate money (even as little as $5) and I will collect the money and buy whatever number of blankets the money collected will get.  You can send checks via mail or money via Paypal
 
Email me at muslimmomnetwork@gmail.com and I will give you my address or paypal information.
 
3.  You can drop them off at the designated masajid, or if there is not a masjid by you on the list, if you are interested in getting your masjid involved, you can volunteer to contact that masjid and set up a drop off point with them
4.  If you have the space, you can designate your home as a drop off spot.
5.  I will create a googledoc so that you can sign up and state what you are donating (new/used blanket, coat, or money)  If you want to go through the Muslim Mom Network, you can sign up on our spreadsheet:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al3I99TDh0NKdDF6LVhnMXFobWpZcVdrckk1OG1NbUE&hl=en_US#gid=0
6.  Please try to get just ONE extra person (not on this list) to donate an item.  Families, siblings, co-workers, etc.
 
iA if we all participate in some capacity, it will be a great success iA.
 
Email me at muslimmomnetwork@gmail.com if you have any questions or are interested in being more involved in the coordinating iA
 
Salam
Hala

Dec 25, Sunday – Union City Soup Kitchen – Interfaith Serve Day

yay! this is being held at my son’s school and is sponsored by Muslims Against Hunger.

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Dec 25, Sunday  – Union City Soup Kitchen – Interfaith Serve Day
 
Click here to register for Union City’s Kitchen Serve Day    

Click here to Sponsor Meals
When:          Dec 25, Sunday  
Where:        Miftaahul Uloom Academy, 501 15th Street, Union City, NJ 07087
Time:           9:30am to 1:30pm
                   (Lunch Prep  Shift in kitchen: 9:30am to 11:15am, Table Dinner Serve Shift: 11:45am to 1:00pm, Clean up shift: 12:30pm to 1:30pm)

Contact:       Volunteers (13 year +) need to Register by Dec 22;
                    Click here to register online 
                    or  visit our website  muslimsagainsthunger.org
                   
Community Service Certificate up to 5 hours will be available upon request

How Can You Help?
1- Volunteer Your Time to help us prepare , serve meals, and clean up at the soup kitchen. Volunteer spots are available on first come and first serve basis.

2- Donate to help Hungry and Homeless:
Contribution will help us in buying food for our soup kitchen events and provide various other services to homeless.
You can sponsor meals at $6.07 per meal, Please Click here to Sponsor Meals, or mail your tax exempt donations to:
“Muslims Against Hunger Fund”, P.O.Box 12, Pluckemin NJ 07978

3- Tell others who may want to participate with us and help:
Distribute this Flyer to your family & friends; also post it in your Mosque and other appropriate places
 
To help this project and for more information please contact:
Zehra Toor
mah.northjersey@gmail.com

Zamir Hassan
muslimsagainsthunger@gmail.com
908-364-4441
www.muslimsagainsthunger.org
www.ourplacenetwork.org

Blog on Islamic Art – Stars in Symmetry

So those of you who know me may (or may not) know that I’m a big fan of Islamic Art, Calligraphy and Architecture (amongst other things :)).  I’m admittedly pretty ignorant on the subject, but I find it so aesthetically pleasing, and welcome any and every opportunity to gawk in awe and amazement :).  In any case, while I was just googling some information on geometric patterns in Islamic art, I came across this blog:

http://starsinsymmetry.com/

It’s chock full of pretty pictures 🙂 and might teach me a thing or 2 in the meantime.  It’s just a really nice homage to the subject that I thought I would share with fellow Islamic Art lovers.

Enjoy :).

P.S.  These pictures aren’t necessarily from the blog.  I’ve only read a few entries, but these are just a few of the pictures in my “collection” of ones I’ve loved as I’ve browsed over the years.