Ramadan Planning

(Sorry for the mess in the post… the editing doesn’t seem to be working for me)

How do you plan for Ramadan ?

There are some really helpful free resources out there to help you plan effectively for Ramadan. With the help of these you can Inshallah enter Ramadan :

  • More organized
  • More prepared
  • More enthusiastic
  • More Focused
Inshallah
Here are some Awesome Tips & Free Resources
Deep Cleaning & De Cluttering Checklist @ The Organized Muslimah

DECLUTTERING YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SPACE BEFORE RAMADAN @ The Healthy Muslimah

 

The Ultimate Ramadan Tools Review: Worksheets, Planners, Apps and Doodles! The Ultimate Ramadan Tool @ Productive Muslim

 

 

 

 

 

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Ramadan Planner very cool @Oraganized Muslimah

 

 

 

 

Ramadan Meal & Activity Planner Sample Advert
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Ramadan Jornal for Moms @ A Muslim Homeschool
Kids Ramadan Journal advert (1)
Kids Ramadan journal @ A Muslim Homeschool
Also by A Muslim Homeschool
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Ramadan Planner @eezeehomeschool
Ramadanm & Eid PLanner for 2016 @ Happy Muslim Mama
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Ramadan Prep Webinar Explained

Update: This is a Webinar I did last year… We all need reminders and I felt I needed to hear it for myslef too this year to get my act together… SO I am sharing a clipping from it here for all of you. First …..
(NOTE: this is from last year so you can see the old Logo)
WHAT IS THE RAMADAN PREP WITH KIDS WEBINAR ALL ABOUT ?
 
 
 
 A very logical question many of you may have……..
How many times do we just fall into Ramadan, scrambling to manage all that we have to & would like to do. As mothers we sacrifice a lot of time for our kids, and other household duties on a daily basis. Many a times mothers feel they can’t gain as much from Ramadan as they need to fulfill the needs & demands of children, or keep children engaged in Ramadan.
In fact, in Ramadan mothers actually end up craving the “personal Ibadah time” even more, because they know it’s such small pocket of time for gaining EXTRA AJR & EXTRA HASANAT, and just like everyone less they would like to maximize it too!
This is something ALL MOTHERS can relate to. Depending on whats happening in our lives and the ages of our children, we find ourselves combating the SPIRITUAL LOW in Ramadan. I’ve been there…..many times! More, than I would have liked to be and it was mostly because, despite my wanting to I wasn’t able to prepare for Ramadan ahead of time. I didn’t know exactly what to do and what not to do. In Ramadan I wanted to feel:
  • more peaceful
  • more connected to Allah
  • more diligent in ibadah
  • more involved with kids in the spirit of Ramadan

Yet I would find myself feeling sad, sometimes even bitter for not being able to achieve what I would have liked to in Ramadan. I wan’t to help others not feel that way…… There is a solution. There is a guideline that we can follow as closely or as loosely as possible, given our own unique circumstances.

This webinar is for mothers, to enter Ramadan prepared and focused. It is not only a means of offering ideas, suggestions, reflections & activities to mothers to consciously involve their children in their preparation for Ramadan but also to enjoin their kids to be happily engaged & busy in the spirit of Ramadan, Beidhnillahi Ta’Allah.

If you relate to the above or know someone who needs it …… Watchthis clipping and share with others too.. Jazakallahi kahirun katheerah

THERE’s 21 DAYS LEFT FOR RAMADAN

 

NEW Chore Chart with a Purpose

Chore Chart with a Purpose
Finding a school chore chart in one of my Dollar store trips, encouraged to revive our chore chart system. With the kids ages more varied it can get a bit challenging but I am not ready to give up! The responsibility poster from Flowers of Islam adds a thoughtful purpose for my lil and (not so lil anymore)  helpers 🙂 It helps to fix the attitude and intention.

Helping around the house is not only a Sunnah but a big step towards accepting and fulfilling responsibility! Wouldn’t you agree?
As you can guess the chores are filled in with a dry erase marker as I did not remove the plastic cover of the Job Chart for convenience of erasing daily and durability. 

Ummi and Abi are added in it too so its just for the kids. So each individual gets 3 main big chores for the day………..On a side note Baba’s chores are random too depending on his availability due to his work and busy schedule.

What about Saturday and Sunday ? You may ask…. Our weekends are quite random and unpredictable we play those by the ear…..Also kids don’t get to CHOOSE their chores on the weekends (if we end up being home all day :):):) )

For the rest of the week I have a reference chart as a reminder of what needs to go on the chart and on what days on a regular basis.

You can see our previous post showing this and other posters by Flowers of Islam in our home for teaching importance of cleanliness and responsibility. 

I pray that our children become responsible individuals that can own and fulfill their responsibilities in and outside the realm of their homes with the correct purpose and continued diligencs. Ameen

A Comment, A Qoute, A Reminder

Meaningful Gratitude

Gratitude is a way of life…something to be followed EVERYDAY every minute of our life….

The path of true and meaningful gratitude leads to more blessings. For, Allah says,

“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily My Punishment is indeed severe.”
(Ibraaheem 14:7)

My each gratitude post is going to start with this supplication…..

All praises for Allah for directing me to the right path, May He continue to guide me and my family………I am thankful each day for my whole family with all our strong points and shortcomings and May our bond grow stronger in His way. I am blessed to be homeschooling my children and learning so much through them and with them…….

ALHUMDOLILLAH

I am grateful for all comment on my Appreciating the little things post

A known fact and an excellent reminder….something that we parents forget at least once a day
 Anonymous said…
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”
~W.E.B. Dubois,1897
And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. (Surah Ibrahim 14:34)

My Parents taught me so much

ALHUMDOLILLAH FOR MY PARENTS

I am grateful for all what my parents taught me….

I cannot pass a day without being thankful to something I learnt because of my parents in some or the other way. I’ve always had a habit of trying to think what I can learn from any given situation. I may not always remember what I learned… but that’s another story. My parents childhood wasn’t the greatest, my parents were divorced, but I am thankful to what I have become through all the great and difficult experiences in life. 

From all the good and tough times, I owe A LOT to what I learnt and who I have become my parents. Everything from the simple things to mannerisms and from skills to general knowledge, sharing experiences and discussion, understanding the highs and lows of life and how face the challenges life throws at you……and just so much more. Their diversity broadened my scale of seeing and understanding the world and people around me. Thank you Allah for my parents.

Now living far away in a distant land I miss and appreciate so many things that they did for me and I could do with them. I miss their company and enjoying a laugh with them. I miss serving them as I should in their old age. …………

Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.  And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: “My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” (Quran 17, 23-24)

  
May Allah unite us all in Jannah forever Ameen


An excellent and humbling article on the Status of parents in Islam

And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. (Surah Ibrahim 14:34)

Appreciating the little things

THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE COUNT MORE THAN WE ACCOUNT THEM FOR

ALHUMDOLILLAH


Yes the little things in life that we couldn’t do without, yet don’t always remember to be grateful for….. 


I am grateful for my lil helpers who may not always make their bed in the morning, clean up after themselves all the time or keep their closet clean as I would like them to…..BUT they do…….

  • take out the trash
  •  pick the dust with dust pans that I sweep into the corners 
  • bring us (baba and I) whatever we ask for  during the day…water, phone, laptop, charger, diaper, etc etc etc
  • let me sleep in if I am sick and feed the younger sibling and bring food for me too Mashallah
  • sort and put away their own laundry
  • empty the dishwasher
  • pick up this, that and more 


Yes I am grateful for  my lil helpers who help out in so many ways doing so many things during the day which are a big help in the craziness of everyday….


ALHUMDOLILLAH

And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. (Surah Ibrahim 14:34)

Are you grateful each day?

GRATITUDE
Where did gratitude go ? Did we forget ? Or 
Did we forget to highlight the important and little things in life ?

And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. (Surah Ibrahim 14:34)

Gratitude is a way of life…something to be followed EVERYDAY every minute of lour life….NOT JUST ON SELECT DAYS.

When I think of gratitude, as much as I am able to feel it for so many major things in life,  our deen (faith), family, home etc etc etc  I hear so many sounds from throughout the day where I feel,we don’t show the gratitude for the little things in life. I mean with all the problems we feel we have honestly speaking what is it compared to the ordeals our dear Prophets ?…. Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismael, (Ishmael), Ayyub (Job), Yaqub (Jacob), Yunus (Jonah), Yusuf (Joseph),  Musa (Moses), Eesa (Jesus) and Muhammad Peace and blessinsg be upon all of them.  
 
It makes me question my irritability, impatience and anger:( As much as I need, and am thankful for the little things in life…….I have to feel them, smile and vocalize my gratitude spreading it contagiously. My mood effects the mood of the whole house. which means I have  the bigger responsibility…….Sigh !
 
So in the stressful time I am feeling I am going through…health issues, packing and planning for a long travel, homeschooling highschool to preschool, and all other regularities and irregularities of life……..

It`s all about setting our minds to it and would like to teach it to my kids while RE learning myself.

INSHALLAH!  

We all know that gratitude is not something we should have here and there…..it’s a mind set that one needs to have ALL THE TIME! EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY. 

 
BUT…. we forget. 
 
“And when some hurt touches man, he cries to his Lord (Allah Alone), turning to Him in repentance. But when He bestows a favor upon him from Himself, he forgets that for which he cried for before, and he sets up rivals to Allah, in order to mislead others from his path. Say: Take pleasure in your disbelief for a while: surely, you are (one) of the dwellers of the Fire!”
(Qur’an:, 39:8)
Man was created forgetful so that he can forget the sufferings and troubles he may encounter in his life, otherwise life would be intolerable. But if one forgets his commitment to Allah, to worship Him in the best manner, it is then a disaster. Allah ordained that he should be worshiped by people and jinns, without any partner to Him. Allah also took the covenant of the people of the scripture to teach one another such a duty toward Allah. Man forgets suffering by the Mercy of Allah, but one should not forget the responsibility to worship Allah and thank Him for every good event or grace. One should not forget resorting to Allah in disasters as one should thank resorting to Allah at disasters as one should thank Allah for any grace. Though, it is man’s nature to forget, intended forgetfulness is not a quality of the pious people.
 
Food for thought isn’t it…….With the HECTIC schedule in the coming days committing to post everyday is a bigger challenge than I  think I realize myself, but would like to do it as
“Outshining yourself in harder times is true submission to God’s will, along with practicing being a good person every day”  
 
‘Good’ here ofcourse means a list of positive adjectives……..
 
thankful, grateful, happy, helpful, caring, gentle, thoughtful, careful, sincere, mindful, loving, ………………………..

So I will try and post our big and small gratitude-s here and there, as a reminder to myself first and foremost, with all the plight and trouble people face in the world I feel we have no excuse to complain…….yet we do!

And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. (Surah Ibrahim 14:34)

The path of true and meaningful gratitude leads to more blessings. For, Allah says,
 
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily My Punishment is indeed severe.”
(Ibraaheem 14:7)