My Ramadan Journey: Day 22


Tonight we enter into the 23rd night of Ramadan, we try to maximise in our good deeds and worship as if it is The Night of Power because we know these deeds could be equivalent to more than 1000 months of worship inshaa’Allah. Ramadan Reflection: Remembering Allah Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 21


(Images courtesy of Emz Iqbal, Luxury Arts: Heavens Islamic Words) I received the following today via Whatsapp. I thought I’d share it here. To be honest I haven’t really thought about my intention when I read the Quran. This got me thinking and Insha Allah when I open the Quran now I will do so […]

Behind Every Great Kid…


” Behind Every Great Kid is a Mom Who’s Pretty Sure She’s Messing it Up” I came across this little saying on Pinterest and thought how so very, very true this is. There is no parenting 101 guide out there that will tell you exactly how to raise your child. Of course there are tons […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 20


Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee. “O Allah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.” So tonight is the first odd night. It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is heading down the final homestretch. The last few days of Ramadan are upon us, as Muslims from all […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 18 & 19


Aaaaand …..we have reached the last 10 nights of Ramadan ( that.was. Super. FAST) And…I missed today’s fast as well as yesterday’s. Every Ramadan I’m guaranteed to miss at least 5-7 days of fasting which has to be made up. Many mothers struggle to make up dozens -if not near about 100- of fasts missed […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 16 & 17


There are many times as a mother we feel we are not doing enough during Ramadan, the following came up on my newsfeed which really put everything into perspective and really, I could not have expressed it so eloquently: Many of us feel inadequate this Ramadan. Long hours of fasting with short nights makes it […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 15


Wow! Day 15… Where has the days gone? we have reached the second half of Ramadan already! Reflecting on my fast and Ramadan goals so far… It has been an up hill struggle specially with my toddler. Although I had initially set out to read Quran and complete it by end of this blessed month, […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 13 & 14


The following is my all time fave Duaa (supplication) I say it often, even more so after giving birth to my chaotic boys: O God, You are the source of all Peace and from You emanates all peace, all blessings belong to you. You are the Majestic and the Most Honourable. This Duaa or supplication […]

I Time Travel Back to Young Me


“I time travel back to Young Me. I breathe in the air and my young mama exhaustion; it’s sweeter, coming from the future. And I forgive myself my petty frustrations because it’s plain that I knew. I knew this was my kids’ only childhood, and I spent my time trying to give them a good […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 12


Motherhood is a blessing which has been given to us by Allah. It’s full of ups and downs, tears and laughs. At times tiring, other times energising. Let’s face it, being a mother is not easy… Specially during Ramadan, when all you want to do is a bow down to extra prayers, read at least […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 11


I hope I have the right day, I’ve kind of lost track of the days! They are so long, that there’s little recovery time or time to rest. But I am loving it all the same, because it really is all about willpower and our relationship with Allah. Despite the fatigue that comes with looking […]

children’s sense of awe and wonder


“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world would be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 10


Ramadan Reflection: Be hopeful and positive An incident happened today which made me see that we should never do things in haste. Because if we do, we are not always ready for the consequences that follow. Also In dealing with difficulties, lets always see a meaning or a lesson that we can take away with […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 8 & 9


I was so shattered yesterday, I just did not have the energy to write. I think I was pretty much dehydrated along with only 2 hours sleep I did everything in what seemed like slow motion. My limbs really were not carrying me very fast yesterday. I think the only thing that got me through […]

My Ramadan Journey : Day 7


Wow! Day 7 already! The hardest thing for me today was dealing with a fiery toddler and his constant tantrums and maintaining composure… Mega fail! When fasting, it’s important to remember that it is not only the intake of food that should be monitored. All our senses must be guarded as well. Specially the tongue. […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 6


Sleep deprivation. There have been many, many days where I thought, “This would all be so much easier if I weren’t so TIRED.” I’m sure most mothers relate to sleepless nights. We even become almost obsessed with the idea of sleep. The fact is that we need sleep to be able to carry out our […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 5


After yesterday’s mishap I was determined to wake up for Suhoor, so with a little help from the hubby I did wake up and made it to Fajr too! There is something peaceful about waking up early dawn to perform Fajr (dawn prayer). It just feels so right in waking up and giving thanks to […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 4


Well my fourth day of fasting did not start off too well… For a start I missed Suhoor (pre dawn meal) and Fajr prayer (prayer at dawn). I was so exhausted I completely knocked out and didn’t even hear my toddler wake up during the night! It really did offset the day for me. Today […]

My Ramadan Journey: Day 3


Today I am thankful for the bad things in life, for they opened my eyes to the good things I weren’t paying attention to before. Alhamdullilah, alaa kulli haal, our gratitude to Allah in all conditions BE THANKFUL Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child to Read: Week 8


Word Families Word families are simply words that rhyme. Teaching children word families is a phonemic awareness activity that helps children see patterns in reading. This is an important skill because it allows children to begin “reading” by grouping sets of letters within a word. The first part of a word is called the onset […]