Day 2: The Ant

The beauty of doing this 30 day activity is being able to revisit stories in the Qur’an. I listened to the tafseer of these two ayaat on Bayyinah TV and I learnt SO much. I highly recommend Bayyinah to anyone who isn’t already subscribed and Alhamdullilah they’re giving away a free month trial this month. […]

Ramadan 30 Day Activity: ‘Let’s find a word in the Qur’an’

Update 2017: We now have a list of crafts to go with each of the Qur’an Words! Over the past few months Zaid and Ibraheem have often asked us what verses in the Qur’an mean. It’s lovely really, sitting together with the Qur’an, trying our best to explain it in simple terms. Their curiosity about […]

Taste it! A must-have resource on tasting the sweetness of prayer

Sheikh Mishary Al-Kharraz conducted a lecture series on ‘How to Taste the True Beauty of Salah’ in Kuwait in 2008 and one very awesome sister translated and compiled a document that summarized the series. May Allah SWT reward her immensely. This is a resource I keep coming back to because it’s so well written and motivational. […]

Ramadan Planner 2015 – Let’s get organized!

For a while now, I’ve just assumed that I’m not a planner kinda girl. I tried using a few in university but eventually they were always cast away and left to collect dust. Until this year when I read about the Erin Condren planner recommended by Seher over at Simply in Control. I bought it […]

Dear Me eagerly awaiting Ramadan in 2015

As Ramadan 2014 drew to a close, I had a stroke of genius (well, I thought so anyway!) The idea was to write a letter to myself, the me preparing for Ramadan in 2015. It was mainly a reflection on Ramadan 2014 while it was fresh on my mind and also to give ‘future me’ […]

What does it mean to love the Prophet Muhammad – Part 1

I was blessed to be able to attend the Al Kauthar weekend course ‘Al Mustafa – The Chosen One’ by Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim. As with all circles of knowledge, there were many gems, but what I really want to document, so that it will be a yardstick of sorts, is the ’10 signs you love the […]

Are your kids learning Arabic? You NEED this book.

The Usborne ‘First Thousand Words in Arabic’ What’s it all about? The book is filled with ‘scenes’ on a double page spread, for instance, ‘at the park’, ‘at the beach’, ‘at the hospital’. Bordering each scene are individual pictures labelled in Arabic and transliteration. There are also pages dedicated to opposites, animals, numbers, colours, the weather, […]

Play, just play.

       “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” – Kay Redfield Jamison. I want my children to play. To play and play and play, and then play some more. You might say, I’m being absurd, of course children play. What a silly aspiration.  I […]

Philosophy on Education

Bismillah: Ah, educating our children. The concern of every Muslim parent. Public school, private school, Islamic school, homeschool, unschool. It can get confusing and overwhelming to say the least. My sister Saadia and I are blessed in that our first-borns are the same age, we generally have the same goals in mind and we’ve both decided […]

Adventures in Arabic Playgroup – The First Month

So, what is Arabic Playgroup? It’s really just a fancy name Saadia came up with for getting a friend of hers – a native Arab speaker – to come over and play with the kids once a week for an hour or so. ZB is 28 months old, my nephew (Ibs) is 25 months and […]