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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Letter Of Advice To My Last Year Self

Dear last year self…

I know that you have gone through a lot, but you held on. You were patient with whatever came your way and you stayed strong. Most of them can’t do what you did. You are such a brave and wise person and I’m so proud of you.

I just want to say that you keep doing what you’re best at and leave everything in God’s hands. God is the best of the planners and He won’t ever make you feel sad. He knows what’s good and bad for you. He knows everything.

Just be patient and keep hoping because that’s what you’re good at. I know it hurts and sometimes you just wish things went your way, but remember; good things comes to those who wait.

I love you for having a strong mind and heart and never forget your Creator. After all, you’re living for Him and only for Him. These worldly things are nothing but play and you must work hard to please your Loving Lord.

Pray for every small thing and never give up. Even if your Imaan gets low, don’t worry because the devil will sometimes whisper unimaginable things to you. You must fight back and repent to God. You musn’t let the devil play with your mind. I know you can do it. You’ve done it before.

Pray. Hope. Trust in God. Repeat.

From, Your 2019 Self.

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Recipe For A Perfect Life

Recipe for a perfect life

Servings – 1| Prep Time – 30 minutes| Total Time – It’s up to you

Ingredients

3 cups / Love

2 cups / Hope

1 cup / Faith

½ tsp / Humor

1/3 tsp / Sarcasm

1/3 tsp / Sweetness of your choice, it can be charity, feeding the poor or helping the needy.

 

Directions

Pre-heat the oven at 180°c. Once pre-heated, take Betty Crocker’s chocolate mix and bake it for you and only you.

Meanwhile, breathe in and out, ponder over your life choices and think of ways to make your life better and beautiful.

The more you anticipate the cake, the more you have to workout to maintain your body and your mind. Also don’t forget to spice up your life with a little cinnamon and kindness every day. It really helps in weight loss and keeping strong your relationships.

Lastly, don’t stress yourself too much and just eat the cake that’s now ready to be cut and served with vanilla ice cream and hot sauce, with a cherry on top.

Enjoy!

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Ramadan is Here!

Alhumdulillah, Ramadan is here!

Its the month I eagerly await, incessantly praying to Allah in hope and fear.

Giving up food and water is only for his sake, just fast for a few hours, and then you can savour your delicious homemade cake.

Allah opens the gates of Paradise, and closes the gates of Hell,

And he chains the devils up, so that you can be free from their despicable impels.

Fast with complete faith and hope, my friends,

Before you regret your holy Journey as Ramadan ends.

Its a peaceful month, filled with abundant blessings and love,

At  every second of your life, Allah is watching you from above.

Pray and pray, and repent and repent,

Don’t you want the hereafter? The taste of delectable fruits and beautiful Paradise scent?

Ask forgiveness from Allah, the Most High, the Most Great,

Do not think that He won’t hear you, He is the All-Powerful, the Changer of Fates.

Open your fasts with sweet, sweet dates,

But don’t forget to help your mother wash the dirty spoons, kettles and plates.

Try to complete the Quran, try to get closer to your Creator,

His punishment is great, but his Mercy Greater.

“I wish you all a happy and peaceful Ramadan, May Allah accept our fasts, our prayers and our invocations and forgive all our sins.”

Ameen.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Letter From My Younger Self

From,

              You, but just a little younger.

So, I see that you’ve published a novel. Let me just congratulate you because you’ve made me so proud of myself. You’ve achieved what I strove to and yeah, it is thanks to me that you were able to ascend the first few steps to reach your ultimate dream, but still…You didn’t give up either and that’s all that matters in the end.

You’ve learned so much, you’ve evolved into a fine woman and your brain has developed so much lol, that I can’t even fathom how you managed to acquire such knowledge without even completing your high school.

You make me self-satisfied and seeing you brings tears to my eyes. You’re thanking me, but I thank you for continuing what I started and still moving on without stopping.

I have nothing more to say. And even if I did you already know what it might be. It will all be a bunch of Thank you’s, sorry’s and I love you’s for my mistakes, my triumphs and my gratification. 

Don’t give up, ever, okay?
If we do, our dream will only be just a dream.

Let’s always keep dream with open eyes.

*Hugs tightly*

 

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The Most Important Thing in Life

I think the most important thing in life is to have strong relations with your Family because in the end, they are the ones who’ll save you from your distress, who’ll guide you to the right path, who’ll give you the love you need and who’ll go to any extent to help you. Family means togetherness, love, happiness, sorrow and contentment. They give you peace of mind, they give you hope, faith and the most important thing in life, inspiration to help you move on to your next step. Their support is what makes you stand.

Money won’t be there with you all the time, but Family will. If you have them, then you don’t need to worry about poverty because they’re enough to make you rich. They’re enough to give you a life you’ll be satisfied with. So, please, don’t go breaking relations with your family because you won’t know it now, but you need them as much as they need you. They are the pillars of your life, the heart to your body and the tranquility to your mind. They give you everything they have but in return, all they at the end of the day is a small hug or even just a smile on your face.

Family is truly the most important thing in my life and without them, life becomes difficult to survive.

So, my lovely neighbors, what Is the most important thing in your life?
Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments.

See you in my next journal entry~

 

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10 Things I learned in the past year

 

  • Always be grateful in what you have and in what you get.
  • Forget the past because what has happened has happened and you can’t change that even if you had all the power in the world.
  • Forgive because you never know when you might lose the chance to do so.
  • Life isn’t always fair, but everything happens for a reason.
  • When you fall, you must get back up because you can’t just lay there wasting on your bed crying while you can use that time to think how you can climb that freaking long ladder that leads to your success.
  • Taking advice from family really helps, trust me.
  • When you’re struggling or are stressed about it something, don’t just lock it in your heart. Let your thoughts and feelings out to someone because keeping all those bad stuff inside will only slowly kill you. I’m sure there will always be someone around to listen to you. If not, then just go live on Instagram or Facebook or any Social media account and you know, set yourself free because sometimes that works too if you’re alone in the house and you feel as if the poison is getting to you quicker than you had imagined.
  • I know I said not to cry but in fact, crying helps.
  • You won’t and can’t get everything you want even if you point your finger and ask for it.
  • Don’t stop. No matter what, DON’T STOP! Because if you do, you’re only going to distance yourself from your goals in life. Strive hard and make it happen and then at the end of the day, give yourself a treat because you of all people deserve it.
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