Language of the Quran

Why Muslims Fast in Ramadan?

An insightful reminder from Nouman Ali Khan on why we Muslims fast. Fascinating all encompassed in a few verses from Surah Baqarah. Subhanallah what a gem Ramadan is, this short 10 minute clip reveals to us.

Please watch, share and leave comments.

Jazakallah khayrun.

Common mistakes in Ramadhan

Came across the article below. Thought it to be very sound advice. Inshallah read and leave comments. Jazakallah khayrun.


Common mistakes in Ramadhan:
1. Drinking “vimto” on a daily basis
- Why: It contains high amounts of sugar, additives and colarants
- Solution: If you have to, drink it twice a week maximum
2. Drinking large amounts of water at iftaar time
- Why: Filling the stomach with water is more strenuous to it than with food.
- Solution: have a few sips at iftaar then a glass after every two hours.
3. Exercising directly after iftaar.
- Why: the body’s blood flow is concentrated around the stomach at that time.
- Solution: Exercise after two hours of eating to ease digestion.
4. Chewing and swallowing food fast.
- Why: chewing food slowly can speed up digestion and help maintain your weight
5. Having dessert directly after iftaar
- Why: they make you drowsy and sleepy
- Solution: leave at least a two hour gap between iftaar and dessert to stay fresh and awake for ishaa and taraweeh prayers
6. Consuming foods with high amounts of sodium
- Why: Sodium triggers thirst through out the fasting hours of the day
- Solution: instead, eat foods that are high in potassium, they retain water and supress your thirst.
# Bananas are high in potassium. A banana at Suhoor time can control your thirst level through out the day.
# Best sources of potassium for Suhoor time:
- bananas
- milk
- dates
- avocados
- dried peaches
- pistachios
- pumpkin
- peas
- dark chocolate
# Worst choices for Suhoor:
- biriani
- kebab
- pizza
- fast food in general
- cheese
# Best choices for Suhoor:
- potato
- rice
- dates
- whole grain bread
- banana
# Drinking lots of water at suhoor is important, but not as much as drinking it through out your non-fasting hours.
# Drink a glass of water every two hours from iftaar time till sehri.
May Allah fill this month with barakah for you and your family. Ameen.

TEDxIB@York – Amal Ahmed Albaz – 5 before 5

The Prophet (pbuh) said:
“Take benefit of five before five:
your youth before your old age,
your health before your sickness,
your wealth before your poverty,
your free-time before your preoccupation,
and your life before your death.”

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

“the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
― Steve Jobs

I like Albaz’s message. She explains that we are humans not animals. Animals can just chill and do nothing, but us humans and especially the youth we must change the world. What a lovely goal.

Please watch this 10 minute video and leave your views. Thank you.

Why I wear Hijab

Below is a beautiful 3 minute clip that I urge every woman and man for that matter to watch. It serves as a reminder to some, an eye opener to others.

In this video Majede Najar expertly explains what the hijab truly is and means in a way that every person can understand and relate to. Please feel free to leave your comments.

Jazakallah khayrun.

‘Teaching Islam to our Children’

This is a great video by Nouman Ali Khan. Comical in parts, I have my favorite bits. One great advice he gives is don’t look for courses to book your kids on, YOU are the course. Sound advice I believe.

He points out that we have to start thinking and putting things into place from the birth of the child. We can’t rely on some magic pill when they are 14 and not quite turning out right.

This is a much watch for all Muslim parents. Believe leave your comments here. Jazakallah khayrun.

‘Simple Steps in Quran Reading’

I spent a lot of time in islamic bookshops in order to find the best qaida for my child. There were a few good ones but I chose this 3 part series and would recommend it to other parents. The following are some of its benefits:

1. Bold and colourful.

2. Clear and concise explanations.

3. Sufficient examples given for practice.

4. The 3 part volume gives a sense of achievement to the child (and parent) when they finish one book.

5. Scope for regular assessment provided.

Have a look for yourself inshallah and share your thoughts. Jazakallah khayrun.

‘My Arabic Alphabet Book’

This book is a gem for your toddler. Some of its qualities include:

1. It is bright, colorful and durable.

2. It contains pictures and transliteration.

3. An example of an arabic word is given. This reinforces in the child that Arabic is a meaningful language and the Quran is a book with meaning, not just a book to be mindlessly read again and again.

Please share your reviews and experiences of the book. Jazakallah khayrun.


My Arabic Alphabet Book

‘How To Teach your Kids Quran’

As salamu alaikum

This lecture by Qari’ Muhammad ‘Uthman Al-Qasim, I found very helpful during the year I was teaching my four year old son the Qaida (fundamental principles of reading Arabic).

The ideas in it I found very beneficial, timeless  and relevant to our times. I would recommend all Muslim parents to watch this. The main points of advice I summarise below:

1. Teach your kids yourself. This means of course you have to educate yourself. But having children should inshallah push us to better ourselves. And learning Arabic and Quran is a big step in improving ourselves. Surely we need to practice what we preach. We want our kids to learn Quran but we can’t be bothered to learn ourselves. By not prioritizing Quran both for ourselves and our kids we are sending  the wrong message. Quran is for life, not for your CV.

2. Start them young. They should start learning alphabet at the age of two or three.

3. Spend time, perhaps a whole year on the qaida. These are the foundations and they must be strong.

4. Aim to have them memorise part 30 ofthe Quran by the age of 6. Ambitious but their memories are so good at this age.

5. The parent should teach Islamic studies and Arabic language as well.

6. Reward with stickers, gifts and also explain to them the rewards for their actions in jannah inshallah.


Alhumdulilah. Please watch and share your thoughts here.