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

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

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. Museums • 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  :)