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Cheats Guide to setting up an Eid to Remember

If you’re thinking about how to make Eid special for your little ones, given the context of a semi or fully socially isolated Eid this year, here is my cheats guide! ⭐️🌙 

Many of us are already so busy just by running our homes, and with trying to do extra prayers in this last week. So like I suggested to my friend this week- Keep it simple and you’ll come up with a great day: think treats, gifts, activity and you’re done! 🌟

Kids (particularly smaller ones), appreciate the little things, and I’m sure with a sincere intention, you’ll make a lasting impression Insha Allah !

So here’s my simplified approach to make an impact :

1. Decor 🎀
Think about buntings, posters and table decor such as labels, serviettes and my favourite - toothpick flags. Use free online printables - @ayeina_official have a comprehensive list so just pick and print!
You could also make some simple decor with your kids as an activity together to build up anticipation for the big day.
Balloons are the cheapest and most e…

How I improved my duas to Allah with one easy tool

As part of my preparations for Ramadan this year, I decided to spend some time focusing on my dua, and defining what it is I would be asking of Allah during this special month. I realized that whilst dua is a daily practice, preceded by my every salaah, I have not given it enough meaningful attention to benefit from the value I could otherwise gain from it.
Allah says in the Quran (Chapter 40, Verse 60): “Call upon me; I will respond to you.” I became aware that I have not been clear and specific in my appeal to Allah, often just quickly rattling off some previously thought of requests without giving it conscious thought. To expect results, I need to define exactly what I wanted from Allah, in all aspects of my life. This way I can feel sincerer and connected to Allah with my requests. So I sat down and brainstormed all the many things I wanted for myself- and my family by using an awesome tool called “Mind Maps.” This takes me back to my school and university days where I would use t…

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Ramadan Activities - awesome links to save you time!

I have been scouring the net on your behalf, to find amazing resources for activities suitable for my 3 year old.

To save you time, here are some brilliant ideas I found with really useful and with beautiful content:

1. Talking to Allah with Thank You, Sorry, Please: Parenthood Muslim Style

2. Crafts and Printables from Happiness is Homemade

3. The Greeting of Peace -ebook from Muslim Central

4. Playfully app - great games to play with your baby up to toddler. Love it, practical and evidence based.

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Welcoming Ramadan with delightful decor!

This is my first year doing real Ramadan decorations with my kids, as Ilhaam is finally old enough (aged 3) to participate and appreciate, so I’m super excited! My intention is to create a positive and loving environment at home to celebrate this special month as a family, and to teach Ilhaam the important practices we do as Muslims we are fasting in this period - such as showing extra kindness, sharing, prayers...

I decided to keep it simple, and age appropriate using mostly what I already have at home. So if you’re looking for beautiful and quick ideas that don’t break the bank,  here’s what I have being doing this year.

1. Ramadan Corner - notice board with Good Deed Tree & 30 day gratitude challenge (see below), printed Ramadan book, and Iftaar display items.

2. Ramadan sign in living room (will share pic when I put it up closer to the time so kids know Ramadan is near).

3. Ramadan art & crafts - paper plate moon & sun, colouring pages.

Everything I use…

Getting ready for Ramadan....Beyond stockpiling the freezer!

With two weeks to go before the start of Ramadan, I began some planning for this special month of mercy and forgiveness. Planning involving taking actions to be in the best space for maximum gains. As given are already self isolating, being home and with no distractions about going out - I feel we already have a headstart!

For many years, I found that I would consider myself ready for Ramadan once I had containers of savouries in the freezer, and a pantry filled with ingredients to make traditional desserts and dishes we especially enjoy in this month (sometimes to the extent of mandating it!)

But if the purpose of this month is to develop Allah Consciousness ("taqwa" in Arabic) as Allah says in the Quran (2:183)
"O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you can learn Taqwa" 
Taqwa includes Allah fearing, piety, and self restraining. An opportunity to turn things around. To become closer to Allah and to learn more …

List of museums, zoos and other attractions from around the world to visit online while we self isolate!

Since we cant' travel or pop over to the nearest museum during these challenging times, it is so amazing to have them come home to us! Here is a handy list of museums, zoos and other tourist attractions from around the world to visit from the comforts of our home while we self-isolate.
Something for the children to enjoy, away from cartoons for a change!
If I MUST use the screen, I would rather spend time with these interesting sites where we can learn in a more "natural" way.

Anne Franke Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
British Museum, London
Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
Louvre Museum Paris
MASP, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Met Museum, New York
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Musei Vaticani, Vatican City
Museum Of London Docklands
National Gallery Of Arts, Washington DC
National Gallery, London
National Museum Of US Air Forces
Natural History Museum, London
Palestine Museum :)
Picasso Museum, Barcelona