Week 13 of 2021 Alhamdulilah! Sharing a picture daily from our small world as part of Project 365
Saturday, March 27, 2021
With increased restrictions here, we are allowed to go to open empty spaces and beaches only now. So went to Thakirah Corniche. Above is the curiosity of pandemic children on seeing crabs! 😀
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Finally! Alhamdulilah Dose 1 of Moderna.
So grateful to this country for providing the Covid 19 vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna) free of cost for all its citizens and residents. Alhamdulilah ❤️
May God keep us safe from this pandemic!
Monday, March 29, 2021
InshAllah 15 more days for Ramadan. I have thought long and hard about how to make it memorable for my children. To do or not to do Ramadan crafts and Activities.
…and finally decided to go my mother’s way! Alhamdulilah.
My mother would start decluttering and organizing the house weeks before Ramadan. Now I understand she did that so that the house would run on auto-pilot mode during Ramadan and she could utilize that time for Ibadah.
She would prepare and freeze a few dishes – again another great hack to save time during Ramadan. I would often help in mincing the chicken while we had some random conversations. Little did I know then, those simple moments of Ramadan prep, we were creating memories that I would one day talk about to my own children.
I would often see her busy with Tahmeed, Tasbeeh and Tahleel. The words of Praise and Glory – I still remember her quiet moments on the prayer mat or being in remembrance of God while she was cooking. She increased her recitation of The Holy Book and her duas and her sadaqah and her i’tikhaf. She created a sense of excitement and joy in our household. She made new dishes for the evening Iftars. She was so so so patient with our tantrums and noise.
It was this excited spirit of quiet Ibadah that she imbibed in us that I took with me to Bangalore – a place where I was the only one fasting in my friends circle. Even when there was no spirit or sign of Ramadan around, memories of her exuberance and excitement during this Holy month helped me to celebrate and commemorate Ramadan by myself, in that far away place from home when I felt most isolated!
…and that I decided is what I want to share with my own children – the excitement, the signs of increased Ibadah, the delicious food, the family time, the constant remembrance of the Almighty and Pathiri -the soft delicious Pathiri!
Allahumma Bhalighna Ramadan.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Book Review – The Rice Mother
The Rice Mother is a multigenerational story of a girl from Ceylon who moved to Malaysia after her marriage. The story spans nearly 85 years and starts from Lakshmi’s mother in Ceylon and ends with the tragic story of Lakshmi’s great grand child, Nisha.
I expected a read like Pachinko but this book is not so enthralling. To be frank, I skipped many pages because they were too verbose and just really monotonous. Or did the author want to portay the monotonous nature of a woman’s life in some cultures of the world?
The book portrays the resolve of matriarch who wants to give a better life to her children but her constant iron-fisted nature also leaves a scar on her children, sadly.
It is a great book to know of the culture and traditions of the expat community in Malaysia who cling on to their cuisine and culture of their home land.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Book Review : Positive Parenting in the Muslim Home
An excellent read I would recommend for all young (and old) Muslim moms.
It combine the Positive Parenting philosophy with the traditions of the islamic world. The book give examples and discussion of certain common problems and issues that arise between parents and children. It also talks about less spoken topics in our community such as sexuality, drugs and other teenage issues.
I am sure i will come back to this book as my children cross different stages of their life. InshAllah.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
During my pre-marriage days, I used to write very specific duas for Ramadan. Almost all of them have been answered in some form or the other SubhanaAllah Alhamdulilah ❤️
Marriage, motherhood and with two of the pregnancies either immediately before or immediately after Ramadan, meant my Ramadan duas were not so intense as before. Either I was too busy or too tried or too sleepy or too busy or too tired or too sleepy – you get the gist.
Then came Lockdown Ramadan 2020 with absolutely no other outside responsibilities. And Alhamdulilah my kids were slightly bigger now and didnt need me full time Alhamdulilah.
So i tried to recreate my spirit of Ramadan from the pre-marriage days. One of the things I did was write down very very very specific duas – In praise of the Lord, Calling Him by His Names & Attributes, Salawat upon the Beloved Prophet, Duas for the Akhirah, Duas for the matters of Dunya, Duas for Family and Friends, Duas for the world and community at large.
That was one of the best part of my Lockdown Ramadan 2020. To be in a silent communication with my Lord. To speak of my inner fears. To tell my most intense dreams of the future. To ask for His Mercy. And for His Forgiveness.
I pray that the forthcoming Lockdown Ramadan 2.0 also help us in strengthening our relationship and communication with our Lord and dim down the surrounding noise.
Allahumma Bhalighna Ramadan
PS: Coming up on the blog – How to make a custom Ramadan Journal
Friday, April 2, 2021
As my daughter starts her new school and Grade 1 this week, I was de cluttering her assignment sheets and books of KG-2 when I came across this project depicting Lockdown Summer 2020.
The irony is that she never submitted this project because she never went back to school after summer since the Covid numbers were still high then. ( We were in Phase 2&3 of reopening then when the beach was the only solace for our pent-up toddler energy!)
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