How To Simplify Your Life?

How do we live a simple life? That’s what we all must ask ourselves. You need to take a step back and learn to simplify your life because, without it, you’ll always be tired of yourself and the things you loved to do. By simplifying your life, you can enjoy even the tiniest things and be in control of your life.

Life can be hard and exhausting sometimes. It’s never easy for anyone but we strive to make the best of our day. However, we’re always looking for things that make us happy. Things that make our life more enjoyable.

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Sure, you have work; a lot of it at that, but that doesn’t mean you will give up the things that make you happy. That you will just work your butt off, earn, and feed your family, and then repeat the cycle as if you’re a robot.

No, we’re not robots which is why we must also work hard on keeping ourselves happy and sane. God created us not only to work but also to enjoy the pleasures of life which he has bestowed upon us and to be close to our relatives as well.

If you want to be happy, stress-free, and always be surrounded by tranquility and choices you can easily make, then continue to read on because today, I’m going to share with you some amazing tips that can help you simplify your life for the better.

11 Ways To Simplify Your Life!

 

  • Set Monthly Goals

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    When you set monthly goals, you get this motivation that yes, you have to fulfill/complete what you started. This way you can break your bad habits, change your lifestyle, and even complete goals you had a hard time finishing.

  • Reduce The Time You Watch T.V

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    Television can and is a big distractor. It can pull you away from your goals, make you lazy, make you forget things, and even make you crazy! (no offense to all those binge-watchers!) There’s no harm in watching one episode a day, but five-six episodes mean using 5-6 hours of your day….just down the drain!

    That’s not how we should live life. You can do SO MUCH in those precious 5-6 years instead of watching television or Netflix. Yes, I know that you have your excuses such as ‘I can’t stop watching because it’s freaking interesting!’ and ‘I wanted to know what happens in the next episode!’ but you need to put a limit to your inquisitiveness and start doing something that will help you be proud of yourself and your life.

  • Declutter Your Closet

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    We all have so man clothes but nothing to wear, right? (lol, I know you get me) but yeah, it’s time we get into our closet and pull out all the clothes we don’t need and give them in charity (to someone who actually needs) Trust me, you will feel good and your closet will look neat and tidy too! It’s two birds with one stone, girl!

  • Follow A Morning Routine

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    Sometimes, when you wake up, you might get a little confused as to what to first; should you check your emails? eat and then work out? or workout and then eat? Or wait…should you drink coffee first? All of these things may make you hazy and crazy and you might end up sleeping your morning off! And now that it’s lockdown season and we’re all always in our homes, this could be a big problem. However, if you make and follow a specific morning routine that works according to your needs; then you can get up every morning knowing what to do and when. This way you won’t feel as if there’s too much work to do and you can do it step by step.

  • Pay Off Your Debt

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    Being a middle-class family, I know how debt can jeopardize your family. I am saying this through my personal experience and believe me when I say that paying off debts is one way to have a simple life. You don’t want the people you are indebted to, calling you every single day, or the bank to come to your house to ask for money. It’s a harsh and cruel world out there and being in debt is gonna make it worse.

  • Stop Being Negative

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    Negativity can ruin your life. Yes, I’m going to say it once again; it’s going to ruin your life and by the time you’re at the bed of the ocean, you will be filled with regret and guilt knowing that all this time, if only you could have thought positively then maybe things could have been changed for the better. Think negativity as your enemy, as your bully, and you need to fight this bully so that you can control your own life instead of letting someone or something tell you what to do. Also, you’re just wasting your time thinking negative thoughts when you could have opened up your laptop and started your own blog!

  • Use Less Social Media

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    Ladies, Gentlemen, and pretty non-binary people out there, we have another enemy among us and that is Social Media. Yes, we waste our time on social media and also hope to get things done! That doesn’t work at all! If you want to get somewhere in your life, then you have to put down that damn phone, close your Instagram (by the way, follow me! it’s @writernxtdoor), and start working on who you want to be! Instead, what you can do is learn new courses such as Blogging, How to become a voice-over artist, and more through Fiverr Learn! 

  • Make A List Of Priorities

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    This way, you can have an organized mind and clarity of what really matters most in your life. It can be either taking a course on Udemy or starting a Fiverr account where you can sell your creative services to others who are in need of it.

  • Woah, There…Slow Down

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    Take a deep breath and don’t try to think of anything for a while. Just close your eyes and maybe think of cute sea turtles, kittens or baby hamsters! Chill bro, your work isn’t going to go anywhere and neither is your laptop. Now, once you have taken a few minutes off of your screen, you can now eat a fruit or a piece of chocolate and get back to work. Your mind will feel refreshed and you will become more productive.

  • Avoid Multi-Tasking

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    Multitasking can make you feel anxious and hyper. It’s like, you need to complete whatever tasks you have in hand even though you could have done it one by one and finished it quicker. Avoid multitasking and try to keep only one-two tabs open on your laptop. It’s good to work one project at a time instead of being all over the computer screen as if you’re playing the piano!

  • Write To-Do List

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    The best way to stay organized and have a clear mind in the morning is to make your to-do list right before you go to sleep. This way, you can know what to prioritize and what to keep aside.

I hope this simple guide on how to simplify your life has helped you (don’t know about you, but it has helped me a lot!) and if you ever feel as if you’re too tired and just want to lie down; do that, please, because you need to take care of your body and your mind too.

Times can be stressful but with a bit of organizing and maybe a couple of deep breaths, you can definitely make it work!

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next article!
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China’s Concentration Camps | #SaveUyghur

*Trigger warning – mention of sexual assault and torture.*

Today, I want to bring to light the things that are going on in China’s concentration camps. Uyghur and Kazakh Muslim people have been getting detained in the Xin-Jian region of China and are being forced into government-mandated concentration camps as an excuse to re-educate them. 

Official documents had been released as well by BBC Panorama but China’s UK ambassador dismissed the documents as fake news where it was shown how the inmates were locked up, indoctrinated, and punished.

Uyghur Muslims Concentration camps
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A number of prisoners reported being forced to eat pork, drink alcohol, and denounce themselves as Muslims. BBC reported that the camps were high-security prisons where strict discipline and punishments are executed with no room for escape. 

In fact, to even be permitted to eat, the prisoners must sing songs that promote the communist party. Syragul Sauytbay, a 41-year-old Kazakh Chinese who escaped from the camp stated that the camps were in horrible condition with a lack of health care, crowding, and almost nonexistent hygiene. 

It’s estimated that were around 2,500 prisoners at the camp from the ages of 13 to 84 and were punished for everything. 

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“Anyone who didn’t follow the rules was punished,” Sauytbay said, adding those who didn’t learn Chinese properly or who didn’t sing the songs were also punished. Punishments included being deprived of food or getting their fingernails ripped out, or much worse than that.

Sautbay was even forced to witness a gang sexual assault while at the camp in front of 200 prisoners and the guards would often look back to see the reaction of the prisoners whereupon those who turned their heads, closed their eyes, looked angry or shocked were taken away and were never seen again.

Business Insider reported that according to Haaretz, prisoners were forced to take pills and were given shots as medical experiments but were kept in the dark as to what the procedure did. The Washington Post also reported forced abortions and contraceptives. Muslim women aren’t even allowed to wear hijab unless they’re 45 and above. 

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Prisoners are forced to abstain from daily religion and are told that they can’t survive without the communist party. The camps have first been on-going since 2017 and currently, over 11 million people have been placed in the camps.  It was also reported that the students were only allowed to see family members once every two weeks and that they were forbidden from speaking the Uyghur language. 

It’s really sad and devastating to realize that some countries are supporting such cruelty towards the Uyghur Muslims in the name of re-education. No one deserves to be persecuted for religious beliefs and it’s morally and ethically wrong and disgusting. No one deserves to suffer just because they’re Muslims or any other religion, gender, or race. They have destroyed mosques, religious symbols, and violated human rights. 

This is unacceptable and we all must strive to stop such acts no matter how many other people support it. Even though the Chinese government has completely cut off contact with the outside world, depriving us of donating/aiding to those who are suffering, here are some more things that you can do to help them.

Woman demanding justice for Uyghur Muslims
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  1. Sign petitions such as change.org [#SaveUyghur] and this one.
  2. Donate in the Launchgood campaigns and at Uyghur Human Rights Project.
  3. Spread the word on social media. No matter how many followers you have, share it and let even that one follower of yours know about what’s going on.
  4. Write to your local officials to raise awareness about the happenings in Uyghur. 
  5. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Islam and hope that Allah puts an end to their troubles and sufferings.

To read more, you can check this link and this link

Sources from: Business Insider, BBC, Washington Post, and Guardian.

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7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

If you’re a parent and you’re tired of playing hide and seek, board games or tea parties with your child, then fret not, because you’ve come at the right place. Today, I’m going to share with you some activities which you can do with your kids and all the more enjoy the time together.

It’s going to be fun, crafty and your kids will love you for it! I know, parenting is hard and it takes a lot to make a child happy but trust me on this, these activities will keep them busy and in a way, it’s a good way to develop their brains and the friendship and love between you, the parent and the child.

Cardboard House

You and your kid can team up and make a cardboard house with delivery boxes! You can paint it, decorate it and shape it however you want. You can even leave the imagination to your child and see how his/her dream house would be like.

Cardboard castle
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Glow Stick Balloons!

For this amazing and fun activity that will bring giggles and smiles to your child’s face, all you need are mini glow sticks and a pack of balloons. Just put the glow sticks inside the balloon and blow them as big as you can. Then switch off the lights and enjoy a disco night!

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Straw Necklaces

Just grab a bunch of straws, some string and, scissors (make sure not to give the scissors to your little ones) and create a straw necklace that will make your kid look fashionable (maybe?) but joyful as ever! It will also keep them busy so this is the right time to head to the kitchen to prepare your meals or do the laundry.

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Messy Art Project

Who doesn’t love paints, right? For this activity, just grab a bunch of white papers and several boxes of paints to create a fun but absolutely messy art project that mostly involves bare hands and maybe even legs!

*Spoiler Alert!* It will make your floor messy so make sure to put a large newspaper or an unused/old sheet on the floor before beginning the activity.

Messy Art Project
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Living Room Fort

You and your kids can gather colorful blanket and make a fort of your own! You can decorate it however you want, play board games and even read them storybooks.

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Popsicle Stick Crafts

I used to do this activity so much when I was a kid. It’s fun, playful and your kids would love it, trust me! All you need is a bag of popsicle sticks, paper, and glue. You can create so many shapes and scenes with it. The ideas are limitless!

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Vegetable Stamping

This activity here is another of my favorite since all you need is some paints, paper, and vegetables that are cut in various shapes and sizes! Just dip the veggies in the paint and stamp it on the paper. However, make sure that your kid doesn’t take the veggie in his mouth!

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I hope you liked this article and will try some of these activities with your kids as well! In a way, this lockdown has given us a chance to spend some quality time with our family so let’s utilize every second of it and make it memorable.

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

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26 Natsu Dragneel From Fairy Tail Quotes To Inspire You Every Day!

Hello guys! I’m back with a new article. Today, I have decided to share with you some of the Natsu Dragneel’s best quotes from the anime/manga which I love and have inspired me every single day.

Fairy Tail has been one of my all-time favorite anime and I would never forget the day I fell in love with it! Although I still have to catch up with the latest chapters/episodes since I have gotten quite busy due to this outbreak. But I’m trying to find some time so that I can read it and fangirl over Hiro Mashima’s amazing arcs!

Anyway, without further ado, let’s start~

`1. “The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long.”

2. “We don’t have to know what tomorrow holds! That’s why we can live for everything we’re worth today!”

Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel
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3. “I won’t stop fighting when I’m tired. I’ll stop fighting when you’re shattered my heart into a thousand pieces!”

4. “You must live life as long as you are still strong. Never look at your life as something insignificant.”

5. “Maybe we can’t help feeling scared alone! But we’re all right here, together! We’ve got our friends close by! Now there’s nothing to fear because we’re not alone!” 

Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel
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6. “Don’t give up, the beginning is always the hardest, so let’s keep on going till the very end.”

7. “Never look at your life as something insignificant. Never forget those friends of yours that you loved.”

8. “We know our weakness. Now what will we do? We’ll get stronger! We’ll get up and fight!”

Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel
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9. “Comrades are comrades because they help each other out.”

10. “Why do you find it easy to kill These are lives dammit!” 

Related: How to Love Yourself?

 

11. “Mages of Fairy Tail…specialize in property damage!”

12. “We’ll stop it, even if my body crumbles to bits, I’ll stop it with my soul!” 

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13. “We all have the right to choose our own future. We should be able to walk the paths that we choose, not the future you’ve decided for us.” 

14. “The real sin is averting your eyes and failing to believe in anyone.” 

15. “I’ll keep my promise, I’ll save the world.” 

16. “If you don’t have the courage to change things then you might as well just die!”

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17. “Your so-called ‘hope’ is to throw the past into despair?” 

18. “We can’t live if we don’t keep running forward.”

19. “I love adventures.” 

20. “You don’t die for your friends, you live for them!”

Related: Things that give me Hope

 

21. “If I run out of power today, then I will borrow some from tomorrow!” 

22. “If I had to choose between loving you and breathing, I would use my last breath to say, I love you.” 

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23. “we’ve fought for this guild many many times. No matter how strong the enemy is, the wish to protect the ones important to us has always made us strong.” 

24. “Everyone has the right to choose the future!” 

25. “I don’t care about you, but if you touch my family, guild and, friends, I will kill you.” 

26. “We won’t lose to the likes of you guys. And you won’t surpass us. If you’re a guild, take care of your nakama. That’s all I have to say.”

Next: 10 Inspirational Quotes By Miley Cyrus

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Dairy Free/ Gluten Free Almond milk banana and dates smoothie

I love drinking smoothies after a 30-40 minutes of workout. It gives me energy, it makes me feel healthy and it keeps me feeling full until dinner.
Smoothies are the easiest and the best way to diminish the fatigueness and get back up stronger and fiercer.


Today, I’m going to share you a simple smoothie recipe which is both dairy free and gluten free. You will only need a few ingredients and a blender and you’re good to go. 
Trust me, you will thank me later. 


Ingredients:-

Banana – 1Choice of dairy free milk – I used unsweetened Almond milk.
Dates – 3-4 (soaked in warm water/milk)
Maple syrup – 1 tbsp (if needed)
Skinned, chopped almonds – 2 tsp
Chia seeds – 1 tsp (optional)
Ice cubes 


Method:-


Add all the ingredients in the blender or smoothie maker and enjoy an energizing and healthy drink that you can drink as a pre or post-workout drink. 


It’s super delicious, super easy and you’ll be super happy with me for sharing this recipe with you. 


I recently began drinking Almond milk and I feel so much better because I am lactose intolerant this milk has literally changed my life and body. 


Do try this recipe and let me know whether you liked it or not in the comments below! 
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My Grandfather’s Funeral Speech

This is the speech that I wrote for my Grandpa’s memorial…It’s a bit personal, but I just feel like sharing it on my blog, that’s all.

Good evening everyone.

First of, I want to thank you all for being here today to pay your respects to my grandfather, Rev. Joseph Das. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle to all and I’m sure you all had the same level of appreciation and respect for him as I did.

Today, I took this chance to say a few words about him My grandfather was born in Berhampur, Orissa in the year 1935. He studied at International Grace Bible college in Philippines, Manila and completed his theology in the United states of America. Later, he was appointed as a missionary to a tribe in Orissa. However, due to an unfortunate event, he had to come to Vijayawada.

There he married my beautiful Grandmother, Rajakumari and they had two lovely daughters, Rachel Anupama and Beula Nirupama. My grandfather was a loving, caring, helping and selfless man. He was artistic and loved photography. He looked after his grandchildren with much affection and never did he complain about anything in his life.

Me and Cherry used to apply nail polish and give him facial massages and he would just lay there and let us do it all. He would make us laugh and tell us stories about monkeys and crocodiles.

He loved playing with our cats, listening to good old Dev Anand songs, but most of all, he loved spending time with his Grandson, Ponnuanna and looked forward to see Ronu. There are so many great memories of him that I will cherish. I will miss his laughs, his wisdom, his advices and his love.

My Thathiya lived a good and luxurious life. His wife, two daughters and son in laws and four grandchildren were the world to him. He chose to be with us and enjoyed his life to the fullest. He prayed and his prayers were answered. He did not suffer, rather he lived and died feeling content and in peace.

Thathiya, thank you for always being there for us in our good and bad times. Thank you for supporting us, encouraging us and guiding us. We will always miss you and we love you, Thathi.

I love you and I miss you Thathiya…
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Tips for Ramadan | 2019

Before I begin talking, I just want to let you guys know that I’m so happy to be able to post on my blog again! A month ago, I attempted something, but it backfired, and my poor blog had to bear the consequences. However, with the help of WordPress support team, I was able to get my blog back and finally post again! I can’t thank them enough. They really helped me so much. I wish I could treat them to a cake or something haha. You guys missed me, didn’t you? I missed you guys too!

Anyway, now that I’m back in business, I’m gonna rock this platform again just like I used to! I kind of lack monetizing my blog… (just waiting for the money…) but once I have the cash in hand, I will kickstart my blog and I promise you that I will write even more interesting and amazing content. I want to share as much of my thoughts, knowledge and emotions with you as much as I can. I hope you guys will stay with me till the end and give me all your love and support because I need it badly.

Okay, so Ramadan has started and just like last year and the year before that, I posted ‘Ramadan Tips’. This year too, I decided to give you all a few beneficial tips that will help you make your Ramadan better and more rewarding and in control. Though this year might be tough for some people since the days are long and the nights are short. There’s a lot of time for Iftaar but only a couple of hours for Sehri. For those newbies who have just promised to fast this Ramadan, I hope the tips I give you will benefit you and I hope I get my reward from my Lord for helping you. Even if one of you read this, I’ll get my reward. So thank you for reading this and if you share this post, then you’ll certainly get your reward too! Isn’t that amazing? Why don’t you start your Ramadan by sharing this post with your friends and family? I know it’s not much, but it’s a start, isn’t it?

The first and foremost thing you must do is thank Allah, the Most High for giving you this month to repent and to change yourselves for the better. He kept you alive, He provided you but most of all, He gave you deen. He guided you to the right path and He promised you a place that will never perish (Paradise). Secondly, make your intention crystal clear and don’t go back on your word. Don’t let your inner desires stray you away from the right path or from the remembrance of Allah (Subhana-wa-Ta’ala). Once you’ve decided to change yourself, then you can’t and mustn’t turn back. Fight with yourself, know that you’re completely control of your decisions and put your trust in the Most Merciful. Make du’a to Allah to keep you, your family and the believers guided aright and make du’a to Allah to keep you firm in your faith.

Now that you’ve done those two things, it’s time to implement acts that will please our Lord, The Most Loving. Do you know what types of worship Allah loves? Not sure? Let me tell you:

  • Allah loves those who repent.
  • Allah loves those who read Quran, understand it and teach it.
  • Allah loves those who give in Charity.
  • Allah loves those who fast for his sake only.
  • Allah loves those who ask Him for help (even if it’s a pair of new jeans)
  • Allah loves those with good manners and behaviors.

Did you see? Allah loves the little things which we so deliberately forget. But, this Ramadan, let’s carry out these things and please our Lord. Let’s earn those rewards so that we won’t have any regrets on the Day of Resurrection when we see the scale of our deeds. Don’t we all want our good deeds to be heavy and our bad deeds to be as light as a feather?

For some of you who are well used to fasting, I’m pretty sure you will not read this post but for those who are looking for some tips that will ease their mind and shun the negative thoughts, then you’re in the right place! Here are a few tips that will help you, your family and your friends this Ramadan.

  • Have a Healthy Sehri
    Sehri will be your breakfast, which means you must start your fast by eating a full and nutritious meal. Don’t forget to have your glass of milk, coffee or protein shake and eat a lot of eggs as they tend to keep you full and feeling energetic for a longer period.
  • Get Enough Sleep –
    Ramadan is a time where we put out beloved technologies aside and turn to our Lord. We pray and read Quran all night and that kind of change will take some time for our body to adjust. Also, the best part about this Ramadan is that it’s vacation time! This is also the best time to teach your kids about Islam and gradually get them to start fasting as well. Be sure to get your 6-7 hours of sleep after Fajr and wake up feeling refreshed and ever ready to prepare for your Iftaar.
  • Make Lots of Du’a –
    Ramadan isn’t just about fasting. It’s about hoping and trusting in Allah’s plan, it’s about praying for the right things, rewriting your destiny because Allah never ignores the prayers of a fasting person. This is your chance to ask for anything and everything (but it should be Halal, okay?) This is your time to pray and pray and pray for things you never knew you needed. You can also make a list of du’as so that you can pray smoothly without having to overthink or forget what you wanted to pray for.
  • Read Quran –Quran was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) on this month which is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. That’s why we are obliged to read the Quran as much as possible during this month. Quran is the Speech of Allah and it brings us closer to Him and makes us more beloved to Him so what more could you ask for? If you wish to complete the Quran this month, I suggest that you read 4 pages after every Salat.
    • Fajr – 4
    • Zuhur – 4
    • Asr – 4
    • Maghrib – 4
    • Isha – 4
    • And if you’re awake in the night, then you can read 2 or 4 extra pages. (Though it really depends on the type of Quran you’re reading. If it’s a Quran with a big font, you might have to read a few extra pages to reach your goal).
      This way, you can complete reading the entire Quran within 30 days.
  • But, do not force yourself and do not stress your mind because no matter if you complete reading the Quran or couldn’t before Ramadan ends, either way, Allah Azzawajal will reward you and will be pleased with you. It’s not obligatory to finish the Quran but to read it continually, to understand it, to act upon it and to preach it to others.
  •  Watch Islamic Videos and Listen to Lectures –
    This is a great way and time to attain more beneficial knowledge. There are so many amazing scholars out there that will help you understand the Quran and deen easily. Youtube is filled with such respectful             scholars so instead of talking or playing games, watching such impactful videos will revive your soul and mind.
  • Iftaar isn’t a party –
    Many of us start cooking feasts as the time for Iftaar draws near. However, that is not right. Sure, you can look forward to Iftaar but gobbling up dozens of cutlets in one go isn’t healthy. Try to eat healthy food in small portions and limit the intake of sweets and juices directly. Eat slowly and mindfully and eat only until you feel that you’re full. Do not eat just because there’s a lot of food on the table and you gotta finish it before the prayer starts. Make sure to eat 2-3 dates as it’s a Sunnah to break the fast with dates. I love the feeling of eating dates after a long and peaceful day.It makes me really happy and It’s a feeling only the true believers will experience.


Do you know the du’a to after breaking the fast?

Dha’habaz-Zam-Ahu-Wa-batal-Lati-Ooruqu-Wa-Saa-Batal-Ajooru-In-Sha-Allah

  • Read Taraweeh/Tahajjud –
    You can either pray Taraweeh or pray Tahajjud if you want to stay up all night and Glorify the Praises of Your Lord and Talk to Him. But I suggest that you pray Taraweeh and then when the last ten days of Lailatul Qadr nights arrive, you can then pray Tahajjud. It’s up to you, whatever you find easy. Before you begin praying Taraweeh, eat a fruit or drink milk so that you won’t have to worry about your stomach growling in the middle of your prayer. You can also eat a dried fruits and nuts as they are high in protein and will keep your mind active.
  • Give Charity –The more charity you do, the more Allah will Bless you. It’s as simple as that. Allah is Ar-Razzaq, the Provider, so don’t worry about the money and just Zakat without thinking. Allah will give you more than you gave others. Don’t ever stop giving in charity. Even in Ramadan and after Ramadan. Even if you smile at your family members or your friends, your neighbor or to an old man, it’s a form of charity which Allah will take into account. 
  • Give Food to the Orphans, the Needy, and the Poor –There are so many people and children out there who are fasting, but they don’t have the means to break their fast. Help them and know that Allah is watching. Help them and earn greater rewards. Help them with a good intention and know that Allah will wipe your sins away. Trust me, you’ll feel much better and you’ll feel your soul cleansing and becoming pious each day.
  • Workout –Working out for just 10-15 minutes after your Taraweeh will keep you active throughout the night and will keep you feeling sound throughout the day. You can skip the workouts if you want and just eat healthily but even a 5-minute workout can and will do good to your body. Plus, you won’t feel guilty about eating an entire slice of pie.
  • Forget about your Phone –
    I think this point is very important for kids and adults of this generation as phones have become our constant companion. They act as though they literally can’t live without them. That all they need is phone instead of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide. Nevertheless, take this month as an advantage, seize the phones and place them where no one can find or even guess. I’m just kidding though because we obviously need phone to communicate but avoid using your phone too much and concentrate more on Quran and Dikhr.
  • Drink Lots of Water –
    Lastly, after you break your fast, increase your water intake because although you will feel active, your body won’t be able to do function properly unless you give it the missing oxygen that it needs. Also drinking a lot of water will prevent dizziness, nauseous, headaches and cravings.

I really hope these tips will benefit you this Ramadan In Sha Allah, and May Allah forgive you your sins, your mistakes, your shortcomings. May He, the Most Merciful, admit you into Paradise and save you from the Hell-Fire and May Allah accept your prayers, du’as, fasting and answer your invocations. May Allah bless this Ramadan, and May He make us among the righteous.

Ameen.

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7 Travel Tips You Need To Learn Now

Travelling is fun and also good for the health. When you’re sad or stressed out, the best thing to do is just book a ticket to your favorite destination and pack your bags because nothing is more beautiful than seeing a different view and connecting with diverse cultures and lifestyles.

So, to make your trip memorable from the beginning till the end, let me tell you seven travel tips that’ll make your trip composed and hasslefree.

1) Pack light – The heavier your bag gets, the more you’ll regret adding unncessary stuff in it. Hold back and take only what you think you’ll need. And no, you don’t need that big bag of assorted chocolates or that heavily studded denim jacket.

2) Make a list – Make a list of things you want to see, or delicacies you want to try. You can’t expect to find free Wi-fi everywhere you go. A list will make things easier for you.

3) Have patience – When you’re travelling, no matter how careful you are, bad things happen. Like for one, you missed your train, or your credit card isn’t working, or someone stole your backpack. But don’t fret, take a deep breath and think with a calm mind what you have to do next. “Anxiousness can lead to further disasters.” Travelling is all about patience.

4) Make extra copies of your passport and other important documents – Stuff them deep inside your bag or suitcase, just in case.

5) Always keep your phone charged and carry a powerbank – Powerbanks have made our life so much facile. Travelling drains the batteries quickly. But of course, don’t forget to charge your powerbank as well.

6) Carry a first aid kit – It’s a must. It can be small, but it’s a must.

7) Stay hydrated – Wherever you are, always carry a water bottle with you. Staying hydrated keeps your body active and mind focused. Keep taking small sips from time to time. Most importantly, keeping yourself hydrated will help you fight off that jet-lag!

I hope you guys use this beneficial tips the next time you’re travelling. And if you already know them, then kudos to you. But if you didn’t, then you’re welcome.

Travel safe!

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11 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer

A good writer listens to others; they take each other’s advice, they lock their pride and they humbly reach out for help. Yes, we have ego, we hate suggestions and we stress over petty things and we get annoyed easily.
But, sixty percent of the writers are pretty good at taking good advice and implementing them.

Anyway, my point is, if you want to be a good writer, you don’t need to listen to others. In fact, you can do it yourself. Let me give you a few tips that’ll help you become a better writer (if you’re too shy or too narcissistic to take help of others) P.S. I’m talking about the majority of writers including me, so don’t hate me.

  • 1) 
  • Choose a book title that will not only grab the reader’s attention but will make them feel something. It should make the reader confuse, or sad, or happy!
  • 2) This is the most important point of all. Organize your ideas before you begin writing. I regret not using this point the first time I began writing my novel…
  • 3) Add your own style and voice to your writing. Sure, you like Agatha Christie or Roald Dahl or John Green, but you can’t be them to make a book of your own. You need to be you so that people can recognize who you are and not just some copycat or wannabe.
  • 4) Make sure you stick to the point. Don’t write unnecessary stuff that’ll take a page or two without it making any sense or point.
  • 5) Use your words wisely. Keep sentences and paragraphs short but make it meaningful. Like Poetry.
  • 6) Read a lot. Read. Read. Read. That’s what everyone says, and they say that because it’s the truth. The more you read, the more your writing will improve.
  • 7) Reread and revise your writing. Don’t be lazy. Edit calmly and gingerly.
  • 8) Don’t be afraid of what people will think. They will think a million things but it’s up to you how you’ll make change their thinking. Forget the comments, who needs comments? You just want to get your story on the page, right? so do it and don’t stop.
  • 9) Always remember the six senses. Describe your characters, your actions and your surroundings well.
  • 10) Add a little humor. Yes, even if it’s a murder mystery or a horror book. No one likes a serious novel.
  • 11) Last but not the least, dude, enjoy what you write because if YOU don’t enjoy your story, then you can’t expect others to enjoy your story. Write scenes that make YOU happy, that make YOU sad, that make YOU angry.

Use these tips and I promise you, you’ll write a best-seller in no time. It takes time and patience, but you’ll get there. Eventually.

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR!

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