It’s EID!!

Assalaamualaikum alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu!

It’s Eid!!

Just wanted to say a huge Eid Mubarak/Mabrook!

May Allah(SWT) accept all of our fasts and may we be steadfast on the good habits which we have acquired during Ramadan! Insha’Allah ameen!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu!

A Modern Muslimah ❤

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Letting go….

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

During Ramadan, we have left the permissible acts of eating, drinking and having marital relations for the sake of Allah(SWT). This, in itself, has been a big struggle due to the fatigue, exhaustion, hunger, thirst, reduction in mental agility and lack of concentration but our love for the One(SWT) Who(SWT) gave us these things far out-weighed our desires.

Within my life, I recently also gave up things for the sake of Allah(SWT), such as going on YouTube amongst others. This was because I could see that my time spent in these activities was being wasted and it made me realise just how little the time we have in Ramadan but also in life.

We use the extraordinary blessing of time in such a disrespectful way at times, wasting away parts of ourselves to the television and internet.

Time in Islam is such a huge blessing that there is even a surah all about time, surah al-Asr!

But going back to my main point. Leaving things for the sake of Allah(SWT) always leads to happiness, tranquility, ease and a higher level of imaan. As what we leave is most probably going to be something of the dunya, it only helps our hearts to be freed further from the dunya and it makes us become more dependent on Allah(SWT), the One(SWT) Who(SWT) created those things!

Insha’Allah may we all become of those who are able to be free from the dunya and to have full and complete reliance on Allah(SWT) only. May we also be able to use our time in a very productive way to gain the most benefit for ourselves before our deaths! Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 4 (17th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Today, I ate 2 pieces of birthday cake, 3 dates and drank a glass of milk.

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

The last stretch…

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I recently came across an amazing article which looked at beating the “mid-Ramadan slump”.

It was something that I could empathise with as I had recently felt such a drop in my enthusiasm levels.

I therefore felt inspired to give you some tips that helped me out.

Tip number 1:

Be sincere in your intentions

Why do you want to pray your salaat on time?
Why do you want to memorize the whole of the 30th chapter?
Why do you want to do extra dhikr?

Make sure you have a clear and sincere intention within, to do it ONLY for the sake of Allah(SWT)!

Tip number 2:

Keep focussed

Being focussed on success at the end of Ramadan will help keep you motivated. Just imagine how you will feel when you can look back on this Ramadan and know that you have achieved SO much!

Tip number 3:

You’re never alone

Many people find that they either have very few Muslims around them or they have non-practising Muslims around them, which have an effect on their productivity and motivation at this point in Ramadan as they don’t have the support system to keep them going.

But don’t worry! You are never alone. Allah(SWT) will help you! Just stay patient, constant and determined! Insha’Allah everything will be okay.

Tip number 4:

Have realistic goals

You only have about 2 weeks left so don’t set yourself incredibly large goals, as when you don’t fulfill them, and you probably won’t, you will feel even worse, making your motivation drop further. Really think about what you are capable of doing in the time left and then make new goals or change your existing ones. This way, you will feel happy with yourself at the end of Ramadan due to the fact that you have fulfilled goals which you set, insha’Allah.

Tip number 5:

Don’t waste time

As we only have less than 2 weeks to go until the end of Ramadan, we can’t waste our time in this blessed month, even if we have jobs or chores or whatever it may be. The easiest way to gain reward is to do dhikr, whilst you’re washing the dishes, reading through your e-mails or commuting.
Whilst commuting, there are a wealth of things that you can do, such as read the Qur’an, read the translation of the Qur’an, listen to beautiful recitations, memorize duas, etc.
Whilst at home, you could have an audio tafsir of the Qur’an playing, you could take short breaks and memorize a few ayat, you could listen to beautiful recitations, etc.

Insha’Allah may we all be completely pardoned of our sins, may we become better Muslims and Muslimahs who will have adopted good habits for life and may we be amongst the servants/devotees of Ar-Rahman! Ameen!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 3 (16th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Today, I only ate 5 dates and drank a glass of milk. This was because I had a large iftar of sea bass, potatoes, salad and 2 pieces of birthday cake. (I know! A lot, right?)

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 2 (15th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Today, due to a lovely but large iftar of a falafel wrap, accessories included, I only ate 2 burger buns with Nutella within. I then drank a bottle of water and a glass of milk. Same as yesterday on the drink front! 🙂

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 1 (14th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I recently thought about doing a blog post every day to see what people ate for suhoor/sehri, even though we are in the middle of Ramadan (a bit late, I know!)

But then I thought about it and everything happens for a reason so maybe starting it in the middle of the month will be motivating, encouraging and will help us to keep focussed on gaining the most out of the time left. (insha’Allah!)

Insha’Allah let’s start this!

Bismillah.

Today I ate golden syrup porridge and 3 dates. I then drank a bottle of water and a glass of milk.

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Dates and milk for suhoor ONLY?! [Feedback]

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

After a day fasting on 5 dates and a glass of milk, I felt that as I woke up, I didn’t feel as groggy and lazy as I had previously. Throughout the day, I felt like doing a lot more. However, as I had drank a can of cola and 2 glasses of Dr. Pepper, I was dehydrated far faster than usual, resulting in a drop in productivity and concentration.

A word of advice: DO NOT DRINK CAFFEINE IN RAMADAN!

More so in the heat, but even normally, it drains you completely. A few better alternatives would be milk or water, as milk is about 90% water and that will allow you to keep productive, concentrated and far more awake.

What I have seen from these last 7 days of fasting is that the amount that we eat at iftar, a far reduced amount, is so much better for us and is actually the amount that our bodies really need. Also, for the coffee and tea lovers (me first!), the caffeine in the tea and coffee that we love seriously drains us (unless you drink enough water to balance things out) and it also takes our energy with it.
If you found out just how caffeine plays tricks on our minds every single morning and also how caffeine destroys us, I’m pretty sure you will stay away from it! (I encourage you to read up on the effects of caffeine on the body! You will be surprised!)
I also realised just how much we neglect the blessed natural foods which have been given to us from Allah(SWT). Instead of reaping the numerous benefits of these beautiful foods and drinks, many actually mentioned in the Qur’an, we opt for the man-made rubbish which ruins our bodies, instead of helping them and providing ease for them.

Insha’Allah may we all be a lot more aware of ourselves and our diets. Also, may we all change our bad habits! Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Dates and milk for suhoor ONLY?!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I recently watched a video on YouTube which spoke about over-eating in Ramadan. (The video is at the end of the post.) Within the video, a Sunnah which I had not come across before was shown;
the sunnah of eating dates and milk for suhoor.

Upon seeing this, I thought that I should give it a try. So today, I ate 5 dates and a glass of milk. Insha’Allah I will tell you, at the end of the day, how I fared.

What I was thinking about though was why did the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) specifically drink milk and eat dates for suhoor?

I went to find out by researching the health benefits of both dates and milk. I found many, many websites boasting the immense number of benefits of both but the two websites that I gained my primary information from were the Organic Facts page (Health Benefits of Dates) and the SheKnows page (The Health Benefits of Drinking Milk).

Both gave unbiased information as to how these miracle foods were so vital for us. This gave me the understanding I needed to see why the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) chose these two edibles for consumption at suhoor time.

Insha’Allah I hope that you will also adopt this beautiful Sunnah and I also hope that you will gain a lot of benefit from it. Ameen.

May Muhammad(SAW) have peace and blessings upon himself(SAW). Insha’Allah ameen!

The video is:

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What is Ramadan REALLY about?

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I just finished watching a truly, life-changing lecture from br. Nouman Ali Khan about Ramadan, in which he thoroughly explains the meaning of the ayat of Ramadan in the Qur’an.

Please watch! It was very beneficial to me and insha’Allah it will be for you too.

The video is below.

May Allah(SWT) forgive him, keep him steadfast, allow barakah and ease to be in his life and may he enter Jannah tul Firdaus without any reckoning! Insha’Allah ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

A HUGE blessing!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Every single little thing in our lives is a HUGE blessing.

One that I recently truly came to appreciate, more than ever, was WATER! Just clean, cold and pure water.

This was after coming home from doing a small amount of shopping in about 30℃ heat, so not that bad.

But when I came home and realised that I can’t just fill up a huge glass of water from the tap and gulp it down, it set my mind thinking.

Thinking about every single person around the world who can’t even have a cold glass of clean water, outside of Ramadan or in Ramadan. Thinking also about those people (many children) who have to work long and arduous days not to even come home to a glass of cold, clean water.

Something which we take for granted in the West is a HUGE blessing for a large majority of the world.

May Allah(SWT) help our brothers and sisters around the world to be able to gain ease, shifa and sabr. May Allah(SWT) also allow us to truly and sincerely appreciate EVERY single thing in our lives and to not take advantage or not really think about the innumerable blessings in our lives. Insha’Allah ameen!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

I’m full, Alhumdulillah!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Contentment in Allah(SWT)’s Plan for you is a truly beautiful feeling which allows you to fully and completely put your trust in Allah(SWT) only, thus saving you from being stressed at every little thing that comes in your life.

When you know that everything is already decreed by Allah(SWT) and you also know that Allah(SWT) only wants the best for you, you are truly able to let yourself fall into Allah(SWT)’s “Hands”. Upon doing so, you will notice that you feel light and free, like the flowing wind as your heart has gained freedom from the Dunya!

Alhumdulillah!

With this contentment comes gratitude, as you begin to be very grateful for the HUMONGOUS amount of blessings in your life.

Just take a moment and think.

Think hard about the many things that you have in your life which many people don’t.

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I guarantee that when you do sit and truly realise the many small but important blessings in your life, you will become even more content, humble and grateful, insha’Allah.

May Allah(SWT) make us truly grateful and humble before Him(SWT). Insha’Allah ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤