#MormonMuslimMoms A Conversation Between 2 Bloggers, 2 Moms

2013 November 17

Hey! I’m super excited.
A little bit nervous, but mostly excited!

I’m taking part in a religious blog swap!

Today I wrote a ‘What’s do Mormons Believe‘ type of post for a blogging friend of mine.
Go check it out on her blog: MarocMama.com.

She wrote her ‘What does a Muslim Believe‘ post for me that posted yesterday here on GoodNCrazy.


2 moms muslimmormonmomsThis is week 1.

We both focused on the basic beliefs of our religions.

I know I’m fascinated by other moms and their religions, how they live their lives and raise their children. After a few short conversations with Amanda Mouttaki, she and I both realized: first we have more IN common than not and there might be others who would like to hear our stories.

A Mormon Mom talking about raising children in an LDS home?
And a Muslim mom raising her boys in Morocco in an Islamic home?

I know crazy huh? Good AND Crazy.

Next week we will be talking about our Holidays and Traditions in our respective faiths.

Plus! This week in our social media channels Amanda and I are going to answer any questions people might have about our religions, and hopefully engage in a safe, respectful way answering all those things you’ve always wanted to know but didn’t dare ask?

Ask away!


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16 Responses
  1. November 17, 2013

    I’m a Mormom and I’m married to a Muslim. Happily. For ten years. Of course Mormons and Muslims have a lot in common. 🙂

    • November 17, 2013

      HEY?! How did I not know that?
      My conversations with Amanda have been sort of surprising… just how similar our every day lives are??
      And a LOT how similar some of the religious things are… I had no idea?

      • November 17, 2013

        Farook is usually a pretty good clue among the Muslim crowd. 😛

        The two religions have a LOT in common. Take tithing as one example. We pay 10% on our increase. Muslims pay 2.5% on their net worth (not including residential house). The way Muslim tithing works can mean that they pay more or less than 10% on their increase each year, but over the course of a lifetime, a rich person will likely pay more and a poor person will likely pay less. Which I’m okay with. The tithing can be paid to several categories of people, but the overriding theme is that they must be, in some way, needy and poor, or it can be paid into a general fund where the money goes to the needy in one way or another.

        In addition, Eid ul Adha (which, no doubt, I’m spelling incorrectly) is the festival where they sacrifice an animal. Sacrifices can be goats or cows or other animals (there are certain ones which can be used – I don’t recall the list offhand). Up to seven Muslims can go in to buy a cow together. The cow is sacrificed and the meat is split up. Up to 1/3 can go to the people who bought into the cow, up to 1/3 can go to their relatives (in Sri Lanka, relatives includes third and fourth and so on cousins), and the rest, which must be at least 1/3, goes to the poor (not related to them). For the poor, this might be the only time they get to eat meat.

        And in addition to that, there is a very very strong theme of family members helping each other and of people in general helping others in their community. There is no welfare in most countries, but people come together and help each other out, whether by giving money or buying food or, well, whatever is needed. We know people who’ve bought others furniture or helped fix a roof or…

        It all sounds a lot like our fast offerings and welfare funds, just administered in a different way. I don’t particularly care whether the LDS method or the Muslim method is used – they’re both highly efficient at helping the poor and downtrodden.

        Fahim, my husband, like many many many many other Muslims, is a good and faithful man doing his best to serve God in the best way he knows how. It’s slightly different in some ways to how good LDS people serve God, but only slightly. The end result is the same in so many respects. I’ve actually learned a lot about being a better LDS woman by being married to this Muslim man. 🙂

        • November 17, 2013

          I seriously just got chills reading this. Especially the last part about your husband helping YOU be better at YOUR religion!
          You’ll enjoy our FB convos and questions over the next couple days… I’ll tag you and get your insight as well okay?!

  2. November 17, 2013

    I can’t reply directly to your comment… It ran out of reply space… 😛

    We’ve had NO conflict in our marriage because of religion. None. Zero. Just as an added comment. (We’ve had very little conflict in general…)

    By all means, yes, tag me. I’m interested in this conversation. 🙂

  3. November 17, 2013

    This is a topic that I have long wanted to explore. Very excited to read through the posts and following along. Thank you both for your open mindedness and courage to help us all learn!

  4. Tara permalink
    November 25, 2013

    As an LDS mother living in a muslim country (UAE) I find this very interesting and helpful. There really are so many wonderful similarities between our religions. Thanks for covering this! Looking forward to the rest of it.

    • November 25, 2013

      What a fascinating story YOU must have Tara!?
      Do you attend church? In a building etc??
      Love to hear your insights about living in the UAE.
      I know 2 other bloggers who either currently or used to live there!

      • Tara permalink
        November 25, 2013

        Actually, the first LDS church building in the Middle East was dedicated in Abu Dhabi last year and we were able to attend. We live in a smaller town a few hours away, Al Ain. We attend church with our tiny branch, about fifty people in all, in a villa that the Church rents for the purpose. We tend to wear more than one hat around here – I am in the Primary presidency and I teach seminary. 🙂
        I don’t personally have daily contact with Muslims, being a homeschooling housewife, but my husband, who teaches English for the public school system, does. They are just good people in general. If I lose sight of my kids in the store, I don’t immediately panic. The other day, at the mall, I had to leave my shopping cart full of groceries I had just bought outside the bathroom as I took my kids inside and I didn’t worry for an instant that anything would happen to it. Stealing just doesn’t happen here.
        Islam really is a beautiful religion; I especially love to hear the call to prayer throughout the day. There are as many mosques here as there are LDS meetinghouses in Salt Lake City, and they are all so beautiful. We love it here. 🙂

        • November 25, 2013

          I have goosebumps reading this.
          LOVE hearing about a Christian religion being allowed and even doing well in an Islamic country!

        • November 25, 2013

          Did you read this weekend’s posts?
          Amanda’s on my site: http://goodncrazy.com/index.php/2013/11/mormonmuslimmoms-project-week-2-traditions-holidays/
          And mine on hers: http://marocmama.com/2013/11/mormon-traditions-holidays-food-family-fun.html

          We’re taking a break this coming weekend with the holiday.
          But the next two post topics will be: Mormon Myths and Misconceptions/Muslim Myths/misconceptions (Should be interesting!) and then Being a Mormon/Muslim Mom raising children in the respective religions.

        • Tara permalink
          November 25, 2013

          I said the building was dedicated last year, but I really meant this last spring. I tend to judge by the school year rather than the calendar year. 🙂 The sheikh donated the land for the building and Elder Holland came and dedicated it. It was amazing!

          I have read all the posts so far, and I’m looking forward to the rest, they sound very interesting!

  5. November 25, 2013

    Hi Tara! Your comment left a big smile on my face. I think many in the US think that there are no Christians that can live in the Middle East – but that’s totally not true! I am also so glad to hear that it’s been a positive experience for you. I live in Marrakech, Morocco and there is a Catholic churchs here and I am guessing there are smaller churches, meeting houses etc that I just don’t know about. Muslims leaders under sharia law have an obligation to protect non-Muslims living in Muslim countries, and while I know this doesn’t always happen, I know that others do. Morocco has always prided itself on tolerance to others, and I know from other peoples accounts the UAE is similar. I know how housewife/mom life goes, but you never know maybe an expat English-speaking Muslim mum might become a friend in your life!

  6. Delise permalink
    December 12, 2013

    This is a really amazing thing you both are doing. I’ve loved reading and learning more about the Muslim faith. Thank you Amanda and Carissa! (Hi Carissa I moved into your Draper neighborhood just as you were moving out and found this link from a friend that I knew in KS–funny the connections life creates!).

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