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Pregnancy and Homemaking

“And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination.” (Quran – Luqman:14)

Alhamdulilah my adventures in homemaking began months after becoming pregnant. While making bread, homeschooling, writing The Journey Of A Muslimah Homemaker, and keeping up with editorial deadlines ..I was (still am) battling nausea, the ups and downs of pregnancy and being tired.  I ended up writing two articles on Homeschooling While Pregnant and Homeschooling While Pregnant- Natural Energy Boosters

I had a lovely chat with my twin sister whom is also pregnant (due a few weeks after me) and we talked about how am I able to get things done while being pregnant?  I totally thought this convo made for a good blog post. 

Hate to sound cliche but seriously : Take it one day at a time (I am sure hubby will laugh at this late…

Spiritually Connecting Our Homes To Allah Part 1

How can we spiritually connect homes to Allah?

A more spiritually uplifting home, gives an iman boost.  Pictures of Islamic materials and ayats on the wall fill the home with constant reminders of Allah.

Giving life to our home spiritually through Islamic actions such as praying together, fasting together, and learning Quran helps to make our homes an atmosphere of peace and closeness to Allah.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 424:
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet had said, “Offer some of your prayers (Nawafil) at home, and do not take your houses as graves.” What is the feeling of being in a cemetery? Lifeless, cold, not animated...death Our homes should not be like that. Constant reminders of Allah should be around the home and Quran should be recited or even played through out the home. Allah says in the Quran that remembrance of Allah gives the heart ease. How much ease will everyone have  in their hearts if it is always in a place of remembering Allah? In our home we love to hang up artwork from…

Homemade Apron

I just started baking a couple months ago and I love it. We have been enjoying homemade bread that we  have not bought store bread in months! Yay! alhamdulilah very happy about that.

Needless to say all this baking has been getting flour on my clothes. I needed an apron. I looked online for one and the prices were just too much for me! At 7 months pregnant there was no getting around getting flour on me.

On Traditional Muslimah Homemaker's facebook page one of the sisters mentioned about making one. I thought that was a pretty cool idea! But I am not so good at sewing etc.

I decided to challenge myself and make one... using a nice old skirt I cut it into two pieces ... now this apron can be just a top or a bottom. I used ribbon to tie it at the top and bottom. This requires some light sewing on my end to keep the ribbon in place for the bottom half.

Alhamdulilah now I have an apron!! All I have to do now is do a little extra trimming and light sewing then it will be fully finish.

A Lesson In Gratitude: The Threshold

It's Monday morning and as usual I am up early reading motivations before I really get into the day and came across this Proverbs:
A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day- Proverbs
I think we have all experienced a leaky faucet and know how annoying it can be! Imagine if that leaky faucet followed you around the house day in and day out lol! That would drive us crazy.
A woman that constantly nags and is quarrelsome is like a constant dripping. Constantly ungrateful and always complaining. Do we find that we can be a constant drip? Are we always talking about what we don't have? what's not right? and are we constantly on our husbands back? 
That Proverbs made me reflect on the story of Prophet Ibrahim alayhi salaam and his advice to his son.
After Ismail’s (alayhis salam) mother had died, Ibrahim came to see his family whom he had left near Zam-zam. Ismail (alayhis salam) was not at home when Ibrahim (alayhis salam) arrived, but his wife was. She did not kn…

My Week In Homemaking- Dirty Dishes, Crocheting, Lessons Learnt

Alhamdulilah we are nearing the end of the week, thank Allah for seeing another week and all the blessings that came along with it.

Speaking of blessings, I thought about the dirty dishes, the sweeping of floors and I used to call them chores, duties, task...all those words have such a strict, not so soft -sound to it.

I decided to call my household responsibilities household blessings. It has a much better feel to it and it takes on a new meaning.

So there.. I had a lot n my list to accomplish in way of my household blessings.

Dirty dishes does not sound so much like a burden, and neither does my every day sweeping.  I have to get my blessings in order for the coming weeks inshaAllah.. sometimes we can become so overwhelmed with our blessings we began to feel like we have a heavy load on us. How do you manage those household blessings? I started a schedule maybe a week ago and it has helped, some days I'm ahead and some days I am behind, but it helps to remind me of what I n…

Simple Stuffed Crust Pizza

Alhamdulilah this made for a good lunch today with the children, and they can even help. Today we made stuffed crust pizza.
I am not usually a "eat the crust" kind of person, but I do not like to waste the bread, so making it stuffed with cheese was the best route for me :)

I think next time I will make double the dough ingredients so that way when I roll the dough out I will be able to stuff it a lot with cheese. This was good for the first time but inshaAllah will improve it next time!

Dough ingredients:

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup salad oil
2 tablespoons salad oil (for later) to put on the dough before adding the toppings: Pizza Dough Recipe It did not get good reviews from others but I like adding extra ingredients so the dough could have flavor.

Mix all the ingredients together, except the last one. I added additional ingredients like ground flax seed, honey wheat germ, and parmasean cheese in the dough... those are optional bu…

Homemaking With Boys

Alhamdulilah as a mom of four children, three boys and one girl I believe it is important for all of them to learn the importance of homemaking. I know the wonderful blessing of being my husbands help-mate and him being mine in return. We call ourselves Team Rahim, and everything we do in our home has a lot to do with team effort. Sometimes we live in a house with someone but we act as though we are living alone. Some of us tend to act like roommates and not helpmates. Everyone is for themselves. This is not productive to our marriages, home, and family to act like this.

I want my boys to grow up being resourceful in and out of the home. If they are married and their wife becomes pregnant and too tired, I want my boys to be able to help with cooking, cleaning, and being a good support system to their wife. Even when she is not pregnant, part of having mercy on others is to help them and I want my boys to be helpful as well.

In a hadith Aishia radiAllahu anha was asked about the activ…