As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatuallahi wa barakatu, May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
InshaAllah, God willing, this post is read in good health and strong eman, faith.
Alhamdulilah, Praise be to Allah, I haven’t given up on the American Muslim Mom brand or blog–I’ve just re-purposed it.
My Year of Simplicity
The focus of our new branding is on the two things my whole life is revolved around: Halal Homemaking and Homeschooling.
Growing the blog to a three-fold blog network with multiple bloggers and even paid staff was great and all…but, it also turned into a J-O-B that I didn’t care for, nor had time or interest to sustain, especially because I’ve been traveling non-stop for the past four years.
In careful consideration of where my time and attention was made and where my passion lies, I went into a deep reflexive stage and decided to combine all three blogs and collapse them back into one.
With 1054 blogpost and entering our ninth year, there was no doubt in the mind that I must simplify as much as possible. And, in keeping up with the tween and teens of my house–after much resistance, I finally gave in and said “Okay, Okay”…let’s go modern in the process as well.
I wanted to reflect the vibrancy of our life; now, with growing young ladies in our home. Hence our color choices. Ironically, this theme is the same template (however, updated and modernized) version of the very first American Muslim Mom design in 2005! Funny, how one comes full circle, subhanAllah, Glory be to Allah!
For those who’ve stuck around over the year, yes–we’re finally back on U.S. soil. We were in Egypt and Gaza for the past eight months, during all the turmoil, and well–Alhamdulilah, All Praise be to Allah, that we are together safely as a family of five.
Each member of our family experienced things I wouldn’t want anyone to go through, and I ask that you make continuously du’a, supplication, for our dear, dear brothers and sisters in Islam and forever be grateful for ALL the blessings Allah bestows on us, each and every day!
Another reason, I desperately need, want, desire, ache for SIMPLICITY. If you’ve been with me over the years, you know I strive to find a theme for the year. 2013: Motivation. 2012: Peace. 2011: Endurance. 2010: Acceptance. 2009: Rebirth. Well, 2014: Simplicity.
Being thankful for the necessities in life
Given all our experiences…all I can think share is
- If you and your immediate family have food on your table; say, Alhamdulilah. Praise be to Allah.
- If you and your immediate family have running sewage, toilets, water; say, Alhamdulilah. Praise be to Allah.
- If you and your immediate family have health, all your limbs, all your senses; say, Alhamdulilah. Praise be to Allah.
- If you and your immediate family have a roof over your head, let alone dependable electricity, Internet, phone lines, etc.; say, Alhamdulilah. Praise be to Allah.
- Now, IF you h and your immediate family have ANYTHING beyond those mere necessities in life, for which WAY too many Muslims in the Western world take for granted and with immense expectation; say, Alhamdulilah. Praise be to Allah, at least 99 times with all the other superlatives we should be making at least five times a day in a slow, deep, reflexive, and ever grateful salah, prayers!
I’m mixed with emotions day in and day out, I’m sleep-deprived and ache for what we have, had, or went through–but, I know that Allah bestowed upon each of us only tests we can bare. So, knowing that we should always be optimistic that nothing CAN or WILL be THAT bad in this life on Earth. Right?
With that, I welcome you to continue this journey with me, by always putting our Creator first, and; then, adhering to our duties as Muslim Moms: Second, to our husbands and roles as the Halal Homemaker and; Third, dedicated to raising pious Mu’minyn, true believers, by taking our role seriously and righteously as Home Educators.
We’re ALL Homeschool Mommies…
No school, not even weekend or full-time Islamic schools, CAN or WILL ever be able to educate our kids with our deen, way of life, EXCEPT US!
We are their first and most influential role models. We MUST put them first, selflessly (them before us) and selfishly for Allah, subhan Allah, Glory and Praise be to Allah.
So, where do we come in you ask? First with Allah, and every where in between.
Did you know that eating nutritiously is a form of ibadah, act of worship to Allah?
Taking time for ourselves, relaxing, maintaining our health, is all ibadah.
Sleeping the prescribed amount is ibadah (something I’m so desperately working on…though I will never succumb to sleeping pills)!
Laughing, smiling, and crying from happiness is all a form of the world’s much needed ibadah.
So, please don’t take yourself for granted, and neglect your own needs!
Living by some F-words
Simplify your life along with me and know that gaining more knowledge is a journey to become closer to Allah,–this too is a form of ibadah.
For example, even though our style is more simple, you’ll see that are many more categories–which demonstrates the complexity of our lives as Muslim Homemaking wives and Homeschool moms. But, if you remember the important F-word like our First duty is to our Faith to Allah and ourselves; then, all the other F-words will fall into place like:
Family – Faculty – Food – Fitness – Finance – Fashion – Fun
I have new articles in each category, so please stay a while and enjoy a good read. We have a giveaway contest (why, of course!), discounts, inspirational story, Mommy blogging meme, time of reflection, and even an Experiment or Challenge of sorts.
Now, that’s simple enough; right?
Masha Allah, God has willed, that I’ve never been an extravagant woman, let alone extravagant Muslim mom and wife. However, simply living in a Western country almost bombards us with the very test against simplicity. So, I know I’m challenged myself…are you?
Will YOU take this journey with me? If so, how? If not, why not? Please continue the dialogue in the comments below. So, what’s your theme of this year?