children, connection to Allah, generosity, Islam, motherhood, ramadan, reflections, spirituality

Ramadan 1444 Reflections

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman As Shawwal sets in, the days of Eid come to a close, and the reality that Ramadan has come and gone yet another year sets in, I'm quietly moved to reflect on this year's blessed month. Ramadan this year was different for me--it was the spiritual rejuvenation that… Continue reading Ramadan 1444 Reflections

children, connection to Allah, generosity, helping others, Islam, reflections, service during quarantine, service projects

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”

children, motherhood, preconceived notions dismantled, race, reflections

Fears of Raising a Son

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Nearly two and a half years ago, I walked through the doors of the hospital room for my initial ultrasound. It was my second pregnancy, and I was interested in knowing the gender of the baby to help me prepare better. I would be happy with whatever Allah… Continue reading Fears of Raising a Son

anti-materialism, family culture, gifts, minimalism, motherhood, personal development, reflections

Knitting Nana

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman It's getting cold here in the neck of the woods where I dwell. The cold announces the need for proper winter gear in enjoying the outdoors (we are outdoorsy people believing in the notion that "there is no such thing as 'bad weather;' simply 'bad clothing' for the… Continue reading Knitting Nana

connection to Allah, islamic marriage, marriage, personal development, reflections

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

atmosphere, children, community, family culture, helping others, meeting social needs, motherhood, reflections, taking action

Envisioning My Village

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman The need to be part of a community is essential to humanity. We need friends, confidants, role models, peers to learn from, and people of varying ages to be part of our daily lives. Communities and villages are comprised of people from various walks of life who each… Continue reading Envisioning My Village

anti-materialism, finances, preconceived notions dismantled, reflections, say no to consumer culture, self-improvement, taking action

Not Everything Cherished Need Be Owned

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman I have always been a person inclined toward purging. I am constantly giving away or selling items that are no longer needed and reevaluating the purpose of the things that I do own. When I came across the term minimalism it seemed to suit me perfectly! As time… Continue reading Not Everything Cherished Need Be Owned