The First Islamic Library 

Asalaaam Alaikum

I pray you and your families are in the best of health and imaan In Shaa Allah.

I am so excited to share a new and exciting venture I am currently working on.

I have decided to set up an Islamic Book Library and Bookstore In Shaa Allah.

I always found myself looking at the amazing and beautiful Islamic books that are out there for my children and found that although the books and content was outstanding, the thing that held me back from purchasing the books was the price. Upon speaking to some parents I found many people were in the same boat. And thats where the idea of setting up the book library was born. The idea itself is still in its early days but I am so excited that I couldnt wait to share my idea. Alhamdulillah the response has been very positive. Keep an eye out for future posts as I share my journey with you.

To keep up-to-date with news regarding the Islamic Library or to purchase discounted Islamic Books for children please follow @measlibraryandbookstore on IG😁

#30days30ayats Challenge

IMG_20170331_122103_994Asalaam Alaikum

So April is finally here and so is the much awaited#30days30ayats challenge. Read on to find out more

So what is the #30days30ayats challenge

So it is pretty simple we have 30 days to learn about and memorise the 30 ayats of Surah Mulk. All you have to do is memorise one ayat a day and In Shaa Allah by the end of the 30 days of April we would have memorised the whole Surah In Shaa Allah.

Why did I choose Surah Mulk

Why wouldn’t I choose Surah Mulk. Like many of the Surahs in the Quran there are many virtues for reading Surah Mulk daily especially before you sleep. By memorisong this Surah we can make it easier to make this recitation part of our daily routine. Here are some of the virtues:

Ibn Abbas (ra) narrates :”One of the companions of Rasullulah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ pitched a tent on a grave without knowing that it was a grave. Suddenly he heard a person from the grave reciting Surah al-Mulk till he completed it. The Companion went to the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ and said: ‘O Rasullulah! I pitched my tent on a grave without knowing that is was a grave. Suddenly I heard a person from the grave reciting Surah al_Mulk till he completed it.’ The Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said : ‘It is the defender and the deliverer – it delivers from the punishment of the grave.'” 

[Tirmidhi]

 Jabir Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam did not use to sleep until he recited Alif Lam Mim Sajdah, (Surah 32) and Tabarakalladhl biyadihil mulk (Surah 67).

(Tirmidhi)

Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Indeed, there is a Surah in the Qur’an having thirty verses, which intercedes for its reciter until he is forgiven. And that Surah is: Tabarakalladhl biyadihil mulk (Surah 67).
(Tirmidhi)

 It was narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: Whoever reads Tabarakallahi Biyadihil Mulk [i.e. Surah al-Mulk] every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well.  (An-Nasa’i)

Isn’t this normally a Ramadhan Challenge?

Yes this challenge is normally done in Ramadhaan and most of you have probably seen the various bloggers and facebook groups covering this challenge in the previous years. Every year I have decided to do the same but something has always happened and its never happened. So right now I have made the sincere intention of learning the surah during the month of April that also has 30 days. Another reason for not waiting until Ramadhaan is that is just under two months away and nobody has been promised with Ramadhaan. What if this is my last chance to do this challenge now.

How to take part in the challenge?

It is so simple to take part. Every day I will be posting the daily ayat with translation on Instagram and facebook. If you would like me to tag you in these posts just comment below or message me on Instagram/facebook. By helping and motivating eachother I hope we can keep the enthusiasm going for the whole month In Shaa Allah.

Tips for memorising each ayat

  • Start off with reciting bismillah and the following invocation ‘rabbi zidni i’lma’ x3 and ‘rabbi ishrah li sadri, wa yassir li amri, wahlul uqdatam mil lisaani, yafqahu qawli x3.(write the Arabic if possible)Through these invocations and duaas inshaAllah Allah will make it easier to memorise.
  • Read Ta’awuz (auzu billahi min ashaytaan ir rajeem) and then Tasmiyah(bismillahir rahmanir rahim) then start by reading the first ayat whilst looking in (without trying to commit it to memory). Read the ayat like this atleast 10 times. This is the minimum one should do. If you can’t, then do it atleast 5 times.
  • After that, try and split the ayat up into few parts. For example the first ayat of Surah Mulk is: ‘tabarak alazi bi yadi hil mulku wa huwa a’la kulli shayin qadeer’ (write Arabic for it please). So split this ayat up into,say, four parts. First part being ‘Tabarak alazi…’ then try and commit this small part of the ayat to memory and repeat from memory 5 times.
  • Move on to the next part ‘bi yadi hil mulku’ and commit this part to memory and repeat from memory 5 times. Thereafter, memorise the rest of the ayat likewise.
  • Once you have memorised the ayat using this method, try and read the full ayat from memory. If any corrections need to be made, then check it up and then read from memory again. Repeat atleast 10 times.
  • You should have this ayat memorised by the end of the day. When attempting the next ayat the following day, try and read over the first ayat a few times then start on the new ayat. This will help you retain what you have learnt from the day before.

So what are we waiting for?? Lets get started on this amazing challenge


#GetHealthyWithTSH

Asalaam Alaikum

So this weeks challenge is #GetHealthyWithTSH. The reason Ive chosen to do this challenge is I have been trying to get abit healthier for some time now and I keep losing motivation after a few days. Im hoping by documenting what I have been doing I will be able to motivate myself to stick to my goals and adapt some good habits. It would be great if you guys can join me too. Feel free to adapt the challenge to your own specific goals. The following are the goals I have chosen and I will tell you the reasoning behind them.

1. Drink two litres of water

This is a simple one. 70% of our body is water. Water is so important for so many of our bodily functions that if you dont drink enough you feel the effects. 

2.Do atleast 10 minutes of exercise

Ok so basically I am not overweight but I am definitely unhealthy. I cant even go upstairs without getting out of breath and that is shocking. So I have decided to add regular exercise to my daily habits to get healthier, build up some stamina and drop the last few kgs of pregnancy weight. Most importantly i thinks its important for my kids to see me doing exercise so i can motovate them to take part too.

3. Try to get atleast 8 hours of sleep

Although I have had a baby I cant blame her for my crazy sleep pattern because Alhamdulillah she sleeps through the night. If you dont get enough sleep it messes with your whole day, you feel tired and cranky and jusy messes the whole rhythm up and thats why Ive decided to make sure I will try to get 8 hours sleep and try to sleep at regular times too.

4. Drink one green smoothie a day

Recently I started drinking green smoothies as I am aneamic and prefer to drink a iron rich spinach smoothie instead of nasty iron tablets with nasty side effects. Another plus point is im getting my 5 a day. On top of that when your a mum its hard to find the time to sit down to have a meal so its much easier to grab a smoothie for breakfast whilst your pottering about with the little ones.

5.Only eat homecooked food

Now this is a really important one for me and my family. Because fast halal food is so readily available we have fallen into a really bad habit of taking the easy way out and eating out quite alot. Thankfully we have already cut down but want to cut down further. It doesnt help that my kids are such picky eater but Im not giving in now. 

So whats the point of this challenge? To be honest I just want to make some long lasting healthy changes to my otherwise unhealthy lifestyle. In doing so for myself i hope to motivate my family as well as anyone else to do the same. 

I hope you guys will join me and if you have any tips please do comment and share them.

Fi Amaanillah

Asalaam Alaikum

And Hello to everyone who has stumbled across my little blog. Welcome and thank you for joining us on this little journey as we stumble through our beautiful simple life. Stay tuned to read about our crazy adventures. But first let me introduce me and my family properly.

First there’s me, Sadia currently on maternity leave but soon will be returning to work after baby number 3. Keep your eyes peeled for my posts on money saving, tips for travelling with little ones and healthcare info direct from a health professional.

Then there’s daddy Mahmood who loves all things technology, so if you have any tech questions or want to see what’s new in the tech world, don’t worry we will have plenty of reviews for you.

Last but not least come the little munchkins, we have 7 year old Maryam, 4 year old Eesah and 10 month old Ammara who definitely keep me busy.

Write to you soon☺
Fi Amaanillah