Crafts this Ramadan

We’re one third of the month through. Here’s some of the progress so far. I promised I would post pictures of any crafts we made this month, so here they are: bookmarks, an advent calendar of gratitude.       Below is a link to a guest blog post I wrote for another blogger this Ramadan. It provides some explanation of the advent calendar pictured … Continue reading Crafts this Ramadan

Ramadan with kids

Kids are not expected to fast during Ramadan, neither are the elderly, and other weaker or vulnerable people. But they are nevertheless excited about the month, as parents change their routine somewhat to accommodate meals, prayer, and extra charitable acts. Positive behavior is encouraged and all sorts of negative behaviors are discouraged. All the moral aspects of this special month are instilled in children from … Continue reading Ramadan with kids

Salma’s Ramadan

Back home in Libya normally kids don’t go to school during Ramadan, that makes it a lot easier to be able to enjoy the month all together as a family, because we can stay up later and go back to sleep after fajr. But here (and in some Muslim countries now) kids go to school, and our work schedules don’t change much during Ramadan, so … Continue reading Salma’s Ramadan

Ramadan: it’s personal

I’ve posted about how to prepare for Ramadan in general. I included tried and tested advice that I’ve accumulated through experience, research, and consultations (in Preparing for Ramadan). This time, I’m going to go deeper into what I really want to do in my own Ramadan. It’s more personal, but you might relate to some of it. Like I’ve mentioned before (in Ramadan is coming), … Continue reading Ramadan: it’s personal

Preparing for Ramadan

For those who don’t know, Ramadan is the name of the month of fasting for Muslims around the world. It’s a lunar month, so it regresses 10-11 days each year. This means that every fifteen years or so, you’ll have fasted in every season of the year. We fast from sunup to sundown: no liquids (including water), no food, no smoking, no intercourse, and overall … Continue reading Preparing for Ramadan

War never leaves you

It was two years and a bit ago. I broke a bone and was waiting in the emergency room at the hospital to have it x-rayed. Coalition forces were entering Mosul to rid it of Daesh troops. Like in Afghanistan, and in Baghdad, there were embedded journalists following the soldiers, into people’s homes. People in the waiting room with me were watching this on tv. … Continue reading War never leaves you

Shukr link under my posts

Allow me to introduce you to an online shop where I have purchased many of my clothes in the last four years. It’s an amazing online shop, with a few actual retail spaces sprinkled across the world. They make very high quality clothing, using the choicest fabrics, the sizes are always right, service is impeccable, and they honestly have the most professional looking hijab clothes, … Continue reading Shukr link under my posts

Ramadan is coming

It’s that time of year again… preparations for Ramadan. No, I’m not talking about redecorating the house, painting the walls, tossing last year’s dishes and pots to buy new ones. I’m not even talking about filling the freezer with dough, chopped parsley, home-made tomato sauce and grated cheese. I’m talking about the mental preparation. Last year we had been in the same place for three … Continue reading Ramadan is coming