Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Flash back to Mekkah

Asalam waliykum,

Flash back to a wonderful month in Saudia Arabia. Subhanallah this time last year I was in Mecca, praying in the Masjid Harram day and night. Above was my first night in Masjid Harram after completing Umrah. Click HERE to read and see more of my trip and also HERE

I LOVE LUSH- Review of products and service

Asalam waliykum,

We are in the last 10 nights of Ramadan, Subhanallah the month passed too quickly. 
I want to share with you yet more lush goodies from my last trip to Lush. 

Cute bags, Still going strong with the campaign against animal testing mashallah. 
I went to the Branch in Bristol, did not have a very good experience compared to the Branch in Portsmouth and Kingston upon Thames. I don't think I would go there again, if it had been my first experience at Lush I would most likely not return again. 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Blessings of Suhur

Asalam Waliykum, 

We are now over one third of the way through Ramadan, Subhanallah the days have rolled by extremely quickly. Some say this is one of the signs of Al-youm Qiyama (Day of reckoning). I hope everyone is keeping up the Ramadan spirit and not hit the "slump" too hard. I have been busy filling in my Ramadan Booster, which I did a little review of last week, click Here! to read about it. It has really helped me keep on track and focused. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

BBQ Weekend with an Arab family

Asalam waliykum, 

Had a wonderful BBQ the last weekend before Ramadan, with all the family. Alhamdulillah got to see most of my family, beautiful hot weather and lots and lots of jokes and laughter. Alhamdulillah, we had an opportunity to spend such an enjoyable day together and I thank Allah for those few days a year we can all get together, now we are all off married and living far away from our parents, these occasions are rare.
I just wanted to share with you guys the lovely day I had. I know many people are having BBQ for Iftar and I think that is such a good idea. 

***Warning lots of photos of food*** You have been warned. 

****'Smile Again W5' Special offer!!****

Special charity launch offer
Teeth whitening only £99
All proceeds go to Smile Again
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If you live in or around London or anywhere in the UK and wish to help out the charity while getting your chompers whitened then please contact:
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'Smile Again W5' Charity Fundraiser Event!

Asalam Waliykum, 

(Registered Charity Number 1148336 SMILE AGAIN)

Hope your Ramadan has been going well.
Just want to share the Charity I have been helping out, one that is close to my heart. We have been working really hard to get the charity kick started, and get as much support as we can. I did a post on this charity previously, do check it out Here!

Now, this is where you guys can help. The charity is holding a fundraiser, details to come below and we need donations so that Mr Ghassan and the other dentists who have helped set up this charity; equip his Mobile dental van, with all the medical devices, and medicines etc so he can drive it to Morocco in October this year. This way the kids will get to experience the proper dental care in the correct environment. It means that the van can go to other parts of Morocco and treat many more kids. This all costs, and we do need funds, the more we raise the more kids we can treat! 

So if you can come to the fundraiser and support us then please do, would love to see you all, those of you who are in the UK. It will also be nice to meet some of my readers who will be able to get their Henna done by me (Prices start from £3) and every penny goes to the charity. Also you will get the chance to buy my exclusive hand made Quilled greeting cards. 

The fundraiser will be held at Asda, Gosport. click on the MAP to check the location. 

16th & 17th August 2013
9am- 6pm 
Asda, Gosport, 
Dock Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1SH
Front of the store near Pharmacy 
Remember All proceeds go to charity!!!

List of things to enjoy at the stall:

- Smile Again leaflets
-Smile Again T-shirts
- Henna
- Home made cards
- Arabic Calligraphy
- Moroccan Atay/Tea
- Moroccan Sweets
- Iraqi Kebabs
- Home made Jewelry
- Dress as a Moroccan and have your photo taken!
and much, much more...

SmileAgainW5- Have their own website, please do check it out HERE!. You can make donations via paypal from that website or the Facebook Page which can be found HERE!
I will be adding a chip in app to the blog, so check it out on the right panel along the side, please do support and donate as much as you can even if it is as little as as £1! 
Below is a break down of the cost of equipment and what we need to raise!
Mr Ghassan has the Dental van but now needs to raise funds for the other things listed below. 

Fully operational mobile dental unit, (incl petrol and servicing dental/mechanical).£42000
Instruments, (incl. Handpieces, forceps, examination equipment etc).               £12000
Sundries, (incl gloves, masks, filling materials, anaesthetics). £12000
 Administration staff, managing the day to day itinerary, dealing with the local authorities.£6000
 Rental of lock up garage, (storing mobile unit and equipment).£2500

Jazakallah khier!

Please, please do share this on your own blogs, on your facebook, google+, You tube, tweet, Instagram ect etc and spread it like wild fire. We really do need a lot of support, without it we can not help these kids and put a Smile back on their face. In Sha Allah you will be rewarded immensely and get the same rewards as Mr Ghassan. 

Again, Please share and donate to this wonderful charity.

I hope you continue to have a blessed Ramadan

Wasalam -x- 

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Healthy Ramadan- Body, Mind and Soul

Asalam waliykum Sisters, It is Day 2 of fasting Alhamdulillah. 

I know there are plenty of blog posts on this subject already and there is plenty of advice out there. I just wanted to put out my healthy tips with Moroccan food. Last year I started to enforce in my mind the idea of making everything from scratch and having more Moroccan themed meals. Out with the Pasta, Spaghetti  curries and stir fries, I made these myself but they would not be suitable for Ramadan too heavy and too much cholesterol. Out with the Junk food and sweets and in with nutritional and healthy food. 

It took a while for my body to get used to, I loved having curries twice a week and my Italian food too. I did try to have these in previous Ramadans and it made me feel awful, sluggish, fatigue and was unable to do anything apart from crash out on the sofa. Alhamdulillah, I started the new healthy diet in Ramadan and I felt so much better within a few days, no more over eaten, now being able to pray properly, having lots of energy that I can go out for a walk, so many benefits I had seen and decided to stick with it. 

Everything I was used to eating from Morocco is healthy because it is made with the best ingredients and seasoning and spices that are good for you such as Ginger, cinnamon, coriander etc. 

Monday, 8 July 2013

***Update!!! Ramadan Wednesday 10th July***

Asalam waliykum, 

Just a quick update for you beautiful people. The majority of the world will begin Ramadan and fasting on Wednesday In Sha Allah. I do not have a list of all the countries, I do know France is fasting tomorrow. 

Whatever day you are fasting, have a great Ramadan. Please do continue to visit my blog throughout the month with reviews, reminders and more on my trip to Saudia Arabia for umrah last year. 

"Ramadan 2013

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia:

Just a short time ago it was announced by the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha'baan (1434 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam):

“Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha'baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days” [Bukhari and Muslim].

Subsequently, we shall be starting our tarawih prayers tomorrow (Tuesday 9 July 2013) after the 'Isha. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadan on Wednesday 10 July 2013. In shaa Allah, ameen!"

Jazakallah khier

Wasalam -x- 

Siratt Product Review- Ramadan Edition!

Asalam waliykum, 

Firstly, Sorry I have been so behind on blog posts lately, been enjoying all this lovely weather we are having in the UK. 
On with the show, I will be reviewing a few products I purchased a month ago for Ramadan from the Muslim company Siratt. 

About Siratt: 

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Siratt's determined and dedicated team is driven by a desire to provide our customers with the very best InshaAllah!
We aim to cater for each and every individuals need to obtain high quality Islamic products, which are both exciting, educational and aesthetically pleasing.
Our select product range illustrates our ambition to specialise in the production of totally unique Islamic merchandise.
We have designed each product with a view to increasing and refreshing ones knowledge of Islam hence our slogan - designed to remind.

I will be reviewing 3 products, the Ramadan Booster (£7.95) the Productive Muslim Life Book (13.95) and the Wudu Water bottle (£3.95). 

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Ramadan Kareem 1434/2013

Asalam Waliykum Sisters- Ramadan Kareem, Only a few days left now!

I know, I am a little ahead of myself. But, it's just around the corner In Sha Allah, on Tuesday.  Soon nearly 2 Billion Muslims will begin fasting during Ramadan, Wow that's a lot of people...
Subhanallah, the year has flown by and the blessed month is upon us once again. Alhamdulillah, I and my family and loved ones have made it another year to see another Ramadan. In Sha Allah we make the most of this Ramadan, and we are permitted to be blessed by this blessed month.