The Arrival Of The Beautiful Month, Ramadhaan 1442AH

It’s the last day before Ramadhaan begins around the world, and though many of us are on Lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, preparations for the fasting month has long since begun or it should have.

The Preparations

Preparations are normally to be understood in the area of making food, and to a degree, that understanding would be right.

However, preparations should also include the practice of readying one’s spiritual self for the upcoming blessed month.

Shabaan is a month in which many of our predecessors would ready themselves for this Holy Month by fasting, increasing their Tilaawat (recitation of the Qur’aan) and Zikr ( remembrance of Allah through praising Him).

Decor

Many of us would be spring cleaning our homes, and perhaps even putting up some decor in an effort to bring in some of the atmosphere of Ramadhaan.

Ideas for decor can range from wreaths to prints in frames, lanterns strategically placed in certain areas of your home, perhaps a drinks trolley stacked with a Zam Zam water decanter and glasses with an assortment of dates nearby… fresh flowers are always a treat and a way to bring in some outdoor beauty.

Here are some ideas for decor from a few YouTube vloggers that I follow:

Leena from ‘With Love,Leena’ has done a really lovely set up for her table using a color scheme of black, gold & white. It looks really great. With love, Leena’s vlog.

Next up is ‘Forever Imanee’. I loved her set up for Ramadhaan. Forever Imanee’s Vlog.

Check out Simply Jaserah, Sara_Why , Un Hogar Tradicional, justbriyonce & As.Inspiration as well for some amazing decor.

I got really inspired and perhaps I may just do something, so keep an eye out on my Instagram feed for updates. It’s never too late to put up some decor after all.

Are you decorating your home?

Share your tips and ideas with us in the comments.

Why is Ramadhaan so important in Islam and to Muslims?

Ramadhaan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.

It is one of five pillars of Islam.

It is during this month that the Holy Qur’aan was revealed and it is during this month that Muslims are commanded to fast from dawn to dusk every day, until the New Moon of Shawwaal is sighted, which signifies the end of the fasting month, as well as the day of Eid Ul Fitr.

Fasting teaches us empathy, compassion, will power, restraint & abstinence.

My well wishes for you.

I wish you all a blessed Ramadhaan, filled with beauty, joy and strength. May Allah SWT bless you all and keep you safe during this pandemic and accept all our fasts, prayers and charity.

My gift for you:

Everyone seems to need a little help in planning their time during Ramadhaan and I have designed some planning pages for you, for free!

Just click the link below to download.

Ramadhaan Fasting Tracker/ Calendar
Qur’aan Tracker

If you do download it, so leave a comment on your thoughts about these pages.

Enjoy, insha Allah.

Wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

A New Year: Are You Up To The Challenge Of 2015?

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

It’s a new year… I think I’m still kind of trying to wrap my mind around that because it feels unreal…
Time is moving so fast that I guess we don’t actually realize it… Or should I say I don’t…?!

I just got notified by WordPress that it’s my 4th Bloggerversary!!! Woohoo!!!

I get shocked each time I receive such notices.
But then I get such a happy feeling to know that I have so many wonderful people I can share things with. ( Shoutout to all my fabulous subscribers!)
It’s quite rather awesome!!

Well, as the holiday season draws to a close and many matriculants have just received their results, I would like to just say congratulations to each and every one of you.
This is just the beginning of your journey and I sincerely pray that you go on to achieve great things in life.
Always remember though, what is right for someone else, may not be right for you, so don’t be disheartened, but rather look upon your trials as a challenge and work to achieve your goals.

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I expect this year to be full of challenges for myself and I really believe that everything is going to change for the better.

For myself, a new job, an adventure, some new challenges and accomplishing four of my dreams are what is on my list to achieve.

I no longer believe in resolutions but in goals in which I can really achieve.

For example, I have been on Herbalife for a few months now, and I can really see the difference in how my body has changed, and I can feel the difference in how my energy levels are. Of course exercise n eating healthier counts towards that feeling too, but I can honestly say, I haven’t felt this good in …. Ever!
So.. I’m already on my way to completing my weight loss goal.

Being more organized is also on my list.
I’ve already begun working on this and not only does it help me but it helps those around me too.
Whether this is for work or at home or for an event, organization really is important.
For me, staying organized is a challenge but I plan on sticking to it every day!

There’s so much one can achieve when one is inspired to.

Are you up for the challenge 2015 brings?
If so, what are some of your challenges?

Full Circle? Perhaps

السلم عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

I’m not sure how many of you awesome followers have read my very first post.

If you have, then you’ll understand the meaning of this posts title.

I can’t believe it’s been almost 4 years since I began blogging and back then it was just a way to capture what I love and share it with like minded people.

Currently I’m back where it all began and one of the few places on earth where I feel truly at home and where my heart always yearns to be.

Welcome to the colorful and beautiful city of Cape Town.

Though it’s a short trip, I cannot describe to you what an amazing feeling of freedom and ease I have when I’m here.
I’ve missed the view of the majestic Table Mountain and its 2 companion mountains, Lions Head & Signal Hill.

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I love hiking up there when time permits.

This time I had a few hours between family functions to explore the Bokaap a little more.
I love this place due to its colorfulness as well as the fact that it is a mainly Muslim area, and the Azaan goes off on time daily.
The fact that women attend the Masjid here is really great because we hardly get to attend the Masjids in Johannesburg.

I did some random snapping here:

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I also happened to be very lucky because we got to see the Koons do a practice session before their annual Parade.

I captured it on video so you can all have a look.
Just need to get to a wi-fi area to upload it.
They weren’t dressed up though but nonetheless the residents and tourists had a great time with them.

I shall post a link as soon as it’s up.

Until then, keep well, be safe and have a wonderful holiday!

وعليكم السلام ورحمةالله و بركاته