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Eid Mubarak To My Readers

As much as this day brings happiness to each of our homes and heart, we cannot deny the grief that the innumerable deaths around the world have caused. Not just in my country Pakistan, but each part of the world, especially the Muslim countries were terribly hit by unfortunate events. So it is my request to you to please remember them and their families in your prayers today and the days to come.

As I mention the word ‘prayers’, I wish to remind you that Ramadan may be over but not your test. You are still in this Dunya and the Angels at your sides (Kiraman Katibeen) are still writing down your good and bad deeds. The Angels carry on shifting their position during Fajr and Asr to report Allah Ta’alah that if you were praying or not when they left. So nothing has stopped. Only Ramadan has gone by but your life is still going on. You are supposed to obey to the commands of Allah Ta’alah even right now. So please don’t forget to pray all your five daily prayers. Please don’t let the spirit of Ramadan die. Don’t let your efforts go in vain. You have spent many nights repenting for your sins so don’t start its collection all over again.

On a lighter note, enjoy the Eid delicacies. I would love to know what your first day of Eid is like. For me Eid day begins with the Fajr prayer of course, after which I do a bit of cleaning and arranging that is left from the day before. As a Surti Gujurati my breakfast comprises of Payaa (without which my breakfast seems incomplete), Andaa Murghi ka Salan (Egg and Chicken curry) and Shermaal and Naan (these two are a kind of bread) to eat with it. This is like my most awaited breakfast. After that there is a serving of Sheer Khorma (vermicelli) for each of us. Then  I joyfully have a cup of coffee. Mmmmm! This is utter delight because Alhamdulilah I stop drinking coffee during Ramadan in order to avoid intake of caffeine. In the afternoon we go to meet our relatives and that’s about it.

So this is all about my first day of Eid. I’d love to know about your Eid as well so don’t forget to share it below in the comments section.

EID MUBARAK!

Regards,

Aisha

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Make the Most of the Last 10 Days of Ramadan While You Are Busy

You may be a housewife, a mother, a father with a fulltime job, a student striving hard to achieve high grades. As a devoted Muslim you would want to make the most of the last 10 days of Ramadan, particularly the Laylatul Qadr nights while also focusing on your daily chores.

I have put together 10 tips that will help you make the most of the last 10 days of Ramadan.

  • Limit social networking and unnecessary cell phone usage. This will save your time which usually gets wasted and you can replace these activities with doing more Ibad’ah, Insha Allah. Read my blog post: Ways to Limit Your Social Networking Usage.
  • Complete your Eid shopping and most of the tasks before the 19th Ramadan. You wouldn’t want to stress yourself on the last 10 days of Ramadan hence it will be a better idea to get most of your work done before that.
  • Get activity stuffs for children. If you have young children that create a lot of nuisance while you are praying then maybe you can get them some new activity stuffs that they enjoy doing. This will keep them engaged thus giving you some peaceful time to do your Ibad’ah.
  • Create an environment for Laylatul Qadr nights. A clean, freshly washed prayer mat, with your room being scented and lit with a dim light may create a beautiful atmosphere for the Laylatul Qadr nights and will give you the motivation to pray. When using a scent make sure that it is one which will keep you refreshed and not put you off to sleep.
  • Do zikr Allah while doing your work. Since you won’t be able to pray at all times you can recite ‘Astaghfirullah,’ or many other Du’as stated in the Qur’an and Hadith. Doing zikr Allah also puts Barakah in your time.
  • Schedule your Ibad’ah routine. Just like you have work schedules, schedule the times when you will be solely praying, reading Quran or making Du’a.
  • Utilize free time to make Du’a. Allah is listening to you at all times. So anytime you find yourself but not able to pray, start making Du’a.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and energized. Staying awake at night and having to work in the morning while fasting can really get you tired. So keep yourself energized by eating lots of dates, fruits, and drinking water during the night hours. Read my blog post at TBN: Mind Tricks to Eat Healthy This Ramadan.
  • Keep a mini Qur’an with you when leaving home. So that anytime you find yourself doing nothing, you can simply read it. Read my article at Muslim Bloggers website: Are You Lagging Behind in Finishing Qur’an This Ramadan?
  • Listen to Qur’an when you cannot read it. Save surahs in your cell phone and play them while driving your car, or while you work in the kitchen or at your office.

These were my 10 tips to making the most of the last 10 days of Ramadan. I’d love to get more tips from my readers. Feel free to comment below.

Do remember me in your prayers and do remember Syria, Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Burma and many other places where the Muslim Ummah is suffering, in your prayers.

Jazakillah khairun kaseerun