Thursday, May 17, 2018

10 Spiritual Things To Do In Ramadan (Ramadan Series-3)

Ramadan Mubarak!
Nowadays people are becoming very health-conscious. Everyone wants to eat only healthy and organic food. We watch our cholesterol, our sugar intake and avoid fried and junk food.
We spend hours and hours in gyms working out to make sure that our physical forms are fit and In shape.
 But what about our spiritual form? If our spirituality had a shape, would we be able to face ourselves in a mirror?

We spend 11 months of the year feeding our bodies and quenching the thirsts of our desires, this one month lets focus on feeding our Souls.

Every day of Ramadan we hungrily and anxiously watch the clock every hour.  We fast just to tick off another day from our Ramadan calendars. We recite Juz’ upon Juz’ simply to satisfy a sense of obligation that we have to complete the recitation of the Qur’an by the end of these 30 days. And we stand for Taraweeh just to please the community and our families.

 But what about pleasing Allah?
Let's use the Holy month of Ramadan to recharge our Iman (faith) for the entire year.

This Ramadan lets focus on feeding our soul with the love and sincere worship of Allah SWT.
(Scroll to the end of the post for THREE BONUS Ramadan Checklists)

Here are 10 things you can do this Ramadan to boost your Iman:

Like you read a manual of an appliance before using it, It's important to learn about Ramadan before getting into it.
  • Learn about Allah- the one who prescribed Ramadan to us as a Holy Month- Who is HE? What are His Names and Attributes? What does He want from us?
  • Learn about Ramadan - its significance, its greatness, its virtues, its rewards, about the fasts and how to do them.
  • Attend lectures and events in Masjids and Islamic Centers

“Whoever goes to the mosque not desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj”.[Tabarani]

  • Read books on the Prophet and on the Sahabahs and how they behaved in Ramadan.

“There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.’” [Jami` at-Tirmidhee]

The best gift you can give someone is to pray for them - pray for yourself, your family, friends and the Whole Muslim Ummah (nation)

Abud-Darda’ raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The supplication of a Muslim for his (Muslim) brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Every time he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: ‘Ameen! May it be for you, too’.” [Sahih Muslim]

  •  Ask Allah for forgiveness in this month - for sins you've done knowingly and unknowingly
  • Make Dua for our brothers and sisters suffering all over the world
  • Make Dua to Allah to reunite our Ummah
  • Ask Allah to increase your Iman and help you stay steadfast on the same path even after Ramadan
  • Pray to Allah to accept your fasts and any other good deeds you do this month
  • Ask Allah to forgive ALL Muslims

There are many times in a day when the Dua is accepted, sit with your Dua List and Pray to Allah during these blessed times such as - During the last third of the night, right before breaking your fast, between the Adhan and Iqamah, From the Jumu'ah prayer to Asr prayer on Friday, while travelling etc.

"The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion……"(2:185)

Ramadan is the month of Quran. Use it to build a friendship with the word of Allah - The Quran. Make it your companion who will not only be your source of strength and support but will mend your broken heart, heal your wounds, boost your Iman and provide you with tranquillity, peace, joy and happiness. Make it a lifelong relationship

Don’t focus on finishing the Quran a specific number of times this month, rather focus on understanding it and acting upon it. It doesn’t matter if you don’t finish the Quran even once in the whole month if you learn even one thing from it and act upon it.

It's also not important to recite it in the best tune with the best voice and the best pronunciations. Don’t let the fear of not being perfect stop you:

‘Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah said, “The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be with the honorable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim || Book 9, Hadith 994]

  • Read the Quran daily - it could be one Juz, one page, or even ONE LINE  - what's important is that you remain consistent.
  • Try to complete reading it with the meaning at least once
  • Develop a routine for reading - usually after the Fajr Prayer is the best time - you will be rewarded with 10  good deeds for every letter you read, so make it a part of your daily life.
  • Find/Make a Quran Buddy - it could be a friend/sibling/cousin/family member/child or anyone with whom you can memorize or discuss the Quran every day. This way you both can keep each other accountable and also keep your interest intact
  • Reflect and ponder upon what you're reading. Write down the lessons you learnt and how you can implement what you learnt in your daily life
  • Take out a little bit of time and hold discussions or talks with family members. What better way to spend time than learning Allah's deen together while the angels surround you and pray for you?

Reading Quran is more effective in Ramadan because as we fast, we strengthen our consciousness of Allah which allows us to better internalize the teachings of the Quran and align our behaviour with these teachings.


“Do You who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance”
{Surat Al-‘Aĥzāb33: Verse 41}

Keep your tongue busy with the constant remembrance of Allah. Recite the morning and evening Duas, praise Allah, send Blessings and salutations on the Prophet SAW. BY keeping your tongue busy, you're not only preventing it from uttering wrong and bad things, but it also prevents you from useless chatter and talks. Constant Dhikr of Allah will also help you become more aware of Him and His blessings and increase your level of Taqwa (God Consciousness)

  •  Spend your day solely in remembrance of Allah. Find a quiet place (your room, the masjid, sitting under a tree, etc.) and remember Allah and all He has done for you.

“So remember Me, and I shall remember you; and be grateful unto Me, and deny Me not.” — The Holy Qur’an [2:152]

  • Learn one name of Allah every day, memorize it, its impacts - get to know your Lord- and invoke Allah with it ( Ya Rahman, have Rahm (mercy) upon me, Ya Ghaffar forgive me)

Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah has ninety-nine Names, i.e., one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Paradise; and Allah is witr (one) and loves 'the witr' (i.e., odd numbers).

  • Constantly keep the remembrance of Allah on your tongue -
while you’re in the car going to work, or in the check-out line at the grocery. Any and all free time could be the vehicle you use to develop your dikhr of Allah.

A few common things you can say are:
–         Subhan Allah or Subhan Allah wa bi hamdihi (“I praise Allah (or All praise is to Allah) above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty.”)
–         Alhamdulillah (“All praise is for Allah.”)
–         La hawlawa la quwwataillabillah (“There is no power or might except (by) Allah.”)
–          SubhanAllah (x33), Alhamdulillah (x33), Allahuakbar (x34) “I praise Allah (or All praise if to Allah) above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty.  All praise is to Allah.  Allah is Great.”)

 Salah/Prayer is the most important pillar of Islam. It is the time when you have a direct connection to Allah SWT, A time where you get to talk to Him, and when you're the closest to Him.
Most of us rush through our prayers, not realizing what we're reading. We're eager to get back to our daily life and away from Allah.
Imagine if you had the King of the country come to visit you five times a day - where he listens to all your troubles and complaints. Will you not be in your best attire and on your best behaviour?
Allah is the King of Kings. And He is offering you a direct connection to Him. Let's use this month to fix that relationship and that connection.

  • The most beloved place to Allah is the mosque - make sure to offer as many prayers there as you can
  • Offer the Taraweeh and the Qiyam prayers at the mosque and encourage your children to do the same - this will help you build a bond with Allah as well as the community and help your child start early.
  • Make sure that you understand the importance of the obligatory prayers and don't miss your Fajr prayer and pray all the other prayers on time.
  • Take a friend along with you to the Masjid for prayer. Ramadan is the month where those who never prayed may start praying; however, they may fear ridicule and be labelled as a ‘Ramadan Muslim.’ Take them along and be kind.
  • Work on improving your Khushoo(concentration) in Salah. Leave your worries for later and focus on the One you are going to be starting in front of- your Lord.
  •  In every Salah, make it one of your main intentions to remember death. Use this painful reminder as a steering wheel to do more good deeds and to remind yourself that this life and its glamour and its troubles are temporary.
  • When you're in Sujood(prostration), you're the Closest to Allah. Use this time to Ask Allah whatever you want. It doesn’t have to be in Arabic, whatever your language is, use this time to thank Allah, to complain to Him, Ask Him and talk to Him.
  • Make sure to wear clean clothes while praying. You're going to be standing in front of you Lord - you need to make an effort. Put some light perfume and clean clothes. Your physical attire will also help you keep your focus
  • Make sure to read the meanings of the Surahs you will be reciting in your prayer. Pray slowly with an understanding of what you're reciting - may it be the Duas or the Surahs


Umm Habiba narrated that Allah's Messenger (S) said:
"Whoever prays twelve Rak'ah in a day and night, a house will be built from him in Paradise: Four Rak'ah before Dhuhr, two Rak'ah after it, two Rak'ah after Maghrib, two Rak'ah after Ishaa, and two Rak'ah before Fajr in the morning Salat." [Tirmidhee]

Imagine the obligatory acts like a bare house with pillars and voluntary acts like its decorations.
There are so many extra blessings that we can attain during this month by performing a few Sunnahs/voluntary actions of the Prophet SAW.
This will not only help us gain more rewards but also help us increase our love for the Prophet Muhammad SAW.

It was narrated from Qatadah that:
He heard Anas say: "The Messenger of Allah [SAW] said: 'None of you has believed until I am dearer to him than his son, his father and all the people.'"

  • Revive a Sunnah
  • Pray Sunnah prayers before and/or after Fard Salat (Rawaatib)
  • Use Miswak
  • Pray Salatul-Dhuha


“Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Decree) is better than a thousand months.” — The Holy Qur’an [97:3]

There is ONE night in the last ten days of Ramadan which is more powerful than a THOUSAND months!
That’s almost 83/84 years!
Allah has given us such a beautiful opportunity to seek the best of the nights in the best of the months. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you can use to get your sins of a lifetime forgiven, and gain a lot of rewards!

Allah comes down to the seventh heaven and waits for His slaves to ask Him for forgiveness and for anything else- He waits for us to ask Him so HE can grant us.
DO we want to waste such a huge opportunity?
It has been reported that one of the odd nights in the last ten days could be Laylatul Qadr.
So seek the Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) in the last ten days of the month and spend it religiously: perform voluntary prayers, read the Qur'an, and supplicate. This night can be a turning point of your Ramadhan experience and of your life.

  • Stand for prayer at the last third of the night - perform long voluntary prayers and build your spirituality
  • Spend some time in seclusion at night asking and praying to the Almighty
  • Do Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah at this time
  • Sit with the Quran- recite, read, ponder and understand it. The Quran is the word of Allah- and was sent down on this night. What better way to spend it?

This is a powerful way to make the best out of our Ramadan.

Perform I'tikaf. It can be done by both men (at the Masjid) and women (at home). It is a state of isolation where one devotes all his/her time to solely worshipping Allah. It is usually done in the last ten days of Ramadan.

Narrated by Aisha, the wife of the Prophet (SallAllahu alayhi wa Sallam): “The Prophet (SallAllahu alayhi wa Sallam) used to practice Itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice Itikaf after him.”
[Hadith No. 2026, Book of Itikaf, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3]

The main purpose of Itikaf is to remove yourself from distractions and focus solely on the worship of Allah, as Allah created us to do.

Itikaf is a time to renew your relationship with Allah without the distractions of daily life. It is like a spiritual retreat to renew and energize your soul. In fact, another purpose of Itikaf is so that you may fall in love with worshipping Allah that you will carry that feeling with you once your Itikaf is over. In other words, it helps to strengthen your faith in Allah and helps to further perfect your worship of Him.

  • Perform your five daily prayers with Khushoo and Taqwa
  • Perform Nafl(voluntary) prayers such as Taraweeh and Qiyam
  • Read and Memorize Quran
  • Read, memorize and understand Hadith
  • Make lots of Dua
  • Do Dhikr
  • Teach, learn and discuss Islam (conversations relating to this world are not allowed)
  • DO Taubah(repentance)
  • Reflect on your life

 Pay your Zakat al-Fitr on time - before the Eid prayers. Zakat ul Fitr is one of the pillars of Islam and refers to obligatory alms on a person's earning, property and belongings. Every adult Muslim has to take out 2.5% of his yearly earnings and give them as charity to people in need.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan makes us aware of the troubles and difficulties faced by the ones that are less fortunate/poor. Zakat is obligatory on every Muslim. It makes us humble and is helpful to those who are in need.

Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger ordered them to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before the people went out to perform the' 'Eid prayer. Nafi‘ reported that `Umar used to pay it a day or two before the end of Ramadan.

Let us try to offer Zakat ul Fitr ahead of Eid prayers so that the poor and the needy can make use of it in an appropriate manner to buy their food/ sustenance of Eid gifts or clothes.


“Spend (in charity) out of We have bestowed for their sustenance secretly and openly; and turn off evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (Eternal) Home.” — The Holy Qur’an [13:22]

In Addition to Zakat (obligatory Arms) find a way to give some extra charity every day. This will help you be more humble and help those in need. It doesn’t have to be in monetary means; Even smiling at your fellow brother/sister is considered charity in Islam!

Jabir bin Abdullah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“Every good is charity. Indeed, among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face…” [At Tirmidhee]

  • Feed a hungry child or family or a labourer working around you
  • Feed a homeless animal
  • Donate some of your clothes
  • Help an elderly person cross the road
  • Donate to a charity of your choice or to a worthy cause
  • Donate at least one book on Islam to a local library
  • Donate a Quran to a friend/Mosque (every time someone reads from it, you will gain a reward)
  • Buy an Eid gift for a poor child/family - you will make their day
  • Sponsor a family for their Ramadan groceries
  • Make a meal and send it out to your neighbours

Abu Dhar narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :
"Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you." (Tirmidhee)

List ONE - Ramadan Daily Checklist: This list contains a number of tasks that you can do this month and check off once you're done. It also includes points for each task to help you be motivated to complete each task. You can set a goal of a specific number of points to achieve and reward yourself once you reach the goal!
List TWO - Daily Gratitude Challenge: This List contains 30 prompts - one for each day of Ramadan- that will help you count the blessings that Allah has given you and be grateful for them. You can cut out these boxes, fold them into chits and pick one out every day and journal about what you are grateful for!
List THREE - DAILY Good Deeds List - This list contains a number of good deeds that you can do every day of Ramadan. Make it into chits, pick one out every day and complete the deed/task before the end of the day. In Ramadan, your good deeds are multiplied so put this opportunity to good use!
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May Allah make this month a turning point in our lives where we change for the better and become better Muslims and Human Beings.
I hope these few tips helped you!
Ramadan Mubarak!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How to Prepare for Ramadan (Ramadan Series-2)

    15 Tips to Prepare for Ramadan

    O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.
    Baqarah - 183
    The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion
    Baqarah – 185

    Assalamu alaikum!
    Ramadan is a blessed month awaited every year by Muslims all over the World.
    This is the month when the Quran was revealed.
    A month when the gates of Hell are closed and the gates of Heaven and Mercy are opened. A blessed time where All the Jinns and the Shayateen are chained up. A month that should be the changing point in your life - where you bring a mental, physical and spiritual change in yourself.
    This blessed month needs to be prepared for in advance.

    Allah says in the Holy Quran [9:46] :
    "And if they had intended to go forth, they would have prepared for it [some] preparation……"

    One of the biggest mistakes we do in Ramadan is jumping head first into it. We don't prepare our minds, bodies and souls. We should approach Ramadan similar to how athletes approach their games. Before their games, they will come early and start warming up and start running various drills. They are warmed up, their muscles are relaxed and they’re ready to go.
    The whole year we sin and expect ourselves to become saints in this Holy Month without any preparation. This is what causes us to relapse back into our old selves after this blessed month ends.
    IF one really wants to benefit from this month and be emancipated from Hell-fire and wants his sins to be forgiven, then he should prepare for this month in advance.
    The Sahabahs and the Salaf would eagerly prepare for Ramadan six months prior to it, and they would invoke Allah to make them reach it.

    Start preparing today, and welcome Ramadan the right way.

    Here are a few ways in which you can prepare for this blessed month that is coming up:

    1. Make Dua:
    You never know when you might die. It could be today or tomorrow. Ask Allah SWT to help you reach this blessed month. Don’t wait for Ramadan to come to start changing yourself. Do it today, Start now. Ask Allah to make you reach this month. Ask Him to make this month beneficial and blessed for you. Ask Him to help you stay on the right path and to keep your Iman (faith) strong.
    For five minutes turn off your phone, get away from the laptop/computer, and other interruptions. Then, make a deep, sincere Dua to Allah that He make this the best Ramadan of your life, especially in terms of spiritual benefit.

    1.  Purify intention:
    Allah (SWT) only accepts and rewards deeds which are done sincerely for His sake.
    So purify your intention to fast for His pleasure in Ramadan – not for show off or because your Muslim family/ friends are doing so – and you will be rewarded in full measure. And strive to carry out your deeds according to the sunnah so that it becomes a form of worship.

    1. Refresh/Increase your knowledge:
    Ramadan is the most blessed month of the year. It's important to enter this month with the right information.
    What better way to prepare for Ramadan than learn about it?
    Read books and magazines and articles about its Significance, What the Prophet and the Companions and the Salaf used to do in this month to prepare for it, Read the Quran and the Sunnah and learn what Allah SWT says about Ramadan.
    Learn the importance of fasting, its rulings and how it should properly be done.
    This way you'll get a lot of tips and tricks on how to make this coming month your best Ramadan.

    1. Set goals for Ramadan
    Ramadan is the month of change. Sit down with a piece of paper and make a list of all the things that you want to change about yourself in this blessed month.
    Set targets in terms of what you want to achieve. Come up with a plan using this list and targets and describe how you want to fulfil them
    What do you want to achieve in Ramadan and beyond?
    Make a list of tour top goals and work towards it from now. Having an actual plan will give you a direction to work instead of being lost.

    1. Warm-up for Ramadan:
    Like I've mentioned earlier, throwing ourselves headfirst into Ramadan without any preparations will only result in a backlash. Suddenly refraining our bodies to hours without food will only cause us to become weaker and lazier - we won't be able to focus on any of the Ibadahs(worships).
    We need to warm up slowly to the month - to fasting, to refraining from several actions.
    We need to slowly get our bodies, souls and minds prepared for what is coming by warming up like athletes before a run.
    A few ways you can warm up to Ramadan is by:
    •  Increasing the Ibadahs during the month of Shaban
    • Performing some nafl fasts like fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.
    • Increasing the recitation of the Qur'an
    • Giving some extra sadaqah
    • Reciting the daily Adhkar
    • Replacing bad habits such as music with Nasheeds and Quran
    • Getting used to the new schedule by going to sleep early, right after Ishaa and Taraweeh so you can get up in time for Suhoor.
    • Taking a short nap in the afternoon. Set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and find a safe, calm place
    When Ramadan comes, you will already be warmed up and you will hit the ground running.
    Try to ease into Ramadan on an upward slope and maintain your consistency throughout.

    1. Remove distractions:
    The month of Ramadan only comes for a limited time. Having distractions that will consume our time only takes us away from the Remembrance of Allah. Our schedules are already altered with the early morning Suhoor, occasional naps and late night prayers. Allowing everyday distractions to continue throughout the month only results in us wasting precious time that could be used in gaining the immense blessings of this month.
    It's important to create an atmosphere in the house that will help and encourage in working towards gaining Allah's pleasure. This can be done by cutting out television, movies, video games and other such things that will only waste our precious time and distract us from our ultimate goal.
    Replace these useless things with family time where you could sit together and read Quran, talk about Allah and spend time together.
    Fasting hinges on self-discipline and restraint in many ways.
    Distractions could also include wasteful interactions. Limit your eating, talking, and other things you do on a daily basis and reserve your energy for what's more important

    1. Clean up!
    Do some serious cleaning right now. Whether it’s a Physical, Spiritual or Mental clean up, do it RIGHT NOW!
    You could start with spiritual cleaning by purifying your intentions - that you're fasting SOLELY for the sake of Allah.
    Do a mental clean up by ridding your mind of all worldly worries - you will have time for that later. Focus on this month - right now and leave the future up to Allah. Rid your mind of ill thoughts, grudges and any hatred you have towards others. Fix up all your broken relationships and put your mind at ease.
    Physically cleaning the area around you is just as important. It will help you stay focused and nobody wants to work in a dirty environment anyways!
    Clean up and organize your fridge, kitchen, bedroom and even entire apartment. It will keep you focused on fasting when the time comes.

    1. Make time for Quran:
    The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion
    Baqarah – 185
    Ramadan is the month of Qur’an.
    The Qur’an was sent down in this special month. While a lot of people focus on finishing the Quran a number of times this month, they forget that it's not important how many times you read the Quran but rather how much you’ve understood. It's important to build a relationship with the Word of Allah - to understand what He's saying. And this can only be done gradually. Therefore, it's best to start now!
    Set out a small window of time for building this special relationship even if its 10 minutes after Fajr prayers. Get in the habit of reading, understanding and pondering over it form now.

    1. Find a Ramadan Buddy:
    Find ONE person that you think will be a good partner to help reach your goals. Support each other and keep each other accountable for your Ramadan goals. Make it a mutually beneficial relationship where you both seek the Pleasure of Allah SWT and help each other race towards Jannah

    1. Spread awareness:
    Talk to your family and friends - Muslims and Non-Muslims- about Ramadan.
    Remember the information you gathered back in step three?
    Share this information with posts, books, flyers, lectures and pamphlets with authentic information and make everyone aware of how much of a BIG deal Ramadan is.
    Find any place and time and use any kind of opportunity to talk about Ramadan and its importance.
    Ask and answer questions in an open and friendly way. Speak awareness and share your knowledge. There are many people who lack awareness about Islam and its important pillars. Spread the right information and in Sha Allah, you will be rewarded for it every time someone follows your advice.

    1. Make a list of Duas:
    Take a paper and write down all the Duas you want to make for yourself, your family, friends and everyone else this Ramada. Sit with it right before you break your fast and make Dua from the list.

    1. Complete the menial tasks:
    We've already established how much of a blessed time this month is and how limited It is. Therefore it's important to not waste it by doing menial tasks that can be done earlier like shopping. We usually do the Eid shopping during the last 10 days of Ramadan. You see the markets overflowing with people trying to find the perfect dress, accessories or makeup to wear on the day of Eid. These ten days are best days of the month. One of these nights is equal to a 1000 months! Do we want to spend this precious time in the markets - the most hated place by Allah?
    Finish your Eid and grocery shopping before Ramadan. Dedicate the whole month for Allah alone.
    Anything that can be done before this month arrives, should be done and put out of the way.

    1. Make a meal plan:
    Usually, the ladies of the house spend hours and hours in the kitchen preparing a feast for the Iftar. Ramadan is not a month of feasting,  but rather of Worship.
    Make a meal plan before Ramadan and stick to it so you are not stuck in the kitchen most of the blessed month. Share the cooking and clean up tasks among the family on a rotating basis.

    1. Get in the mood:
    Decorate your house with Ramadan lanterns, lights and bukhoor. Involve kids in making posters and decorations so you can feel the excitement. Make cards or E-Cards and send them out to family and friends or Post them on Facebook wishing them a "Ramadan Mubarak". Put up reminders around the house.
    Print checklists and any task lists and put them up where you can see them.
    Ramadan and Eid are supposed to be happy occasions so get in the mood and spread the excitement.

    1. Do a Countdown:
    Use a wall calendar or a digital one to tick off daily as you countdown to the special training month.
    This will prepare you mentally and keep you in strong anticipation for the sighting of the new moon.
    You won’t be left feeling lost and confused when you hear Ramadan is in two or three days' time.

    That’s it for today folks!
    Wishing you a very happy and fruitful preparation of Ramadan.
    I hope these tips helped you out.

    Remember the focus of this month should be on improving yourself and your lifestyle - don’t let it be the exact replica of the other months.

    Check out the Previous Post in the Ramadan Series - How to make the best out of Ramadan
    Stay tuned for the next post in the Ramadan Series (There will be FREE checklists) to help you have a productive and fruitful Ramadan!

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Why do we Love Kuwait? - #HalaFeb 2018

Why do we love Kuwait? An appreciation post for all that Kuwait has done for us for the occasion of National and Liberation day of Kuwait. #Halafeb

Ahoy Mates!
Hope you are having a great day.
The weather in Kuwait has been great for the past few days - have you been going out?

As we all know today and tomorrow Kuwait will be celebrating its National and Liberation day.
Kuwait hosts a lot of expats from different countries.
 It’s a second home for most and very dear to everyone's hearts.

On this occasion, I believe it's important for us to remember our blessings and all the good things that Kuwait has done for us and appreciate it for that.
We keep complaining about how strict the rules have become and how much harder life is getting in Kuwait but we forget the good things.
So let's take this chance to remember all the good things we have.

Here is a list of why people love Kuwait and what they appreciate most about it -

I love Kuwait for the food - Bushra @gulsartistry

Kuwait's motorway system and its first class road techniques - Muhtasim @keepitreal.png

I love Kuwait. I consider it my first home and then Pakistan my second home even though I am a Pakistani. Kuwait has given me my friends which I'm blessed for ad Hala Feb is my favourite holiday. Blessed to be born and brought up in Kuwait - Fathma @fathma_96

The good technology.
The fact that it’s a small country and everything is within reach and the fact that it’s a Muslim country  - Hishma @hishma_r

I love Kuwait because it’s my birthplace. I love its food, it’s beaches, entertainment city and during Ramadan. I love it because of my friends. There are so many Islamic classes and lectures held here. It’s my home, my country. Even though I don’t have its nationality I still love this country. - Nada

Here’s a list of why I love Kuwait -
1.        Falafel sandwich
2.        Kebabs in Mubarakiyah
3.        Old Souq
4.        Agencies when there’s a sale
5.        Marina waves
6.        The farmhouses and chalets
7.        Freedom and safety for Muslims to practice their religion
As long as Kuwait has falafel, no one will die out of hunger in here - Tamanna

I love everything about Kuwait. Ots a peaceful country as compared to others. No hassle. They respect women. And even the economy is reasonable better than other middle east countries. - Yussra Asif Yash

I love Kuwait because it is the place where I spent my whole life from childhood. It is a very peaceful place. - Rida Amna

I love the nature and the weather of Kuwait and how clean they keep it- Farheen

I love how safe Kuwait is. It might not be the safest place on earth but it’s safe enough that I can get out of my house without any fear- Maysoon

The Barkah/blessing in the Kuwaiti Dinar cant be felt in any other currency of the world due to the lack of corruption in Kuwait - Bilal

I love the food in Kuwait and the fact that they have water coolers everywhere (ماء السبيل) on the streets - Sumaiya @sem_jfk

I love the roads of Kuwait - Sidra

Kuwait has blessed me with caring friends - Lana @soaprise

I love Kuwait for the beautiful universities and colleges it has - Mohammed

Everywhere you go in Kuwait you get to see amazing and classy cars and I am huge fan of cars - Fredrick

I love Kuwait for the freedom it provides and that I can visit a lot of places easily - Ahmed

For me, Kuwait is my home. I might be an expat here and I might not have been born here but for as long as I can remember this has been my home. we've also been living in the same area for around 20 years. Kuwait has provided so many opportunities for me. One of the things I will always be grateful for is the scholarship I was offered at Kuwait University. I do not know of any other Arab country that offers a complete scholarship like Kuwait does. I love how freely I can travel any and everywhere and almost at any time because of how safe I feel. I love how much freedom I have to do my own thing - to practice my own religion without any restrictions. My own country doesn’t provide me as much freedom as Kuwait does. I love the respect women are given here. I found my best friends here. I love how Kuwait does not get involved in any political disputes. I love the peace this country provides. There's not one thing I do not love about this country.
May keep this country blessed and maintain its peace.

Disclaimer - all these views are not mine except when mentioned. Each person is responsible for their own opinions.

So that's it for today, guys!
Long live Kuwait and May Allah bless this country and maintain its peace.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Guest Post 1 - Devices for College Students

Ahoy Mates!
How are you all doing this fine day?
I have some exciting news for y'all!
I have decided to take on board a few more members on this ship with us - which means GUEST BLOGGING!
Yes, you heard that right.
I am planning to start a new Series on the blog - Guest Blogging.
Every month Ahoy College will feature a new blogger who will share with us some of their tips, tricks and experiences.
I am a firm believer in learning from others so my aim in starting this series is for us to learn from everyone and everything.
To start off this series I present to you the first post -
Top Devices for College Students by Hanan Thakur!
Without further ado, here's what Hanan has to say:

Lately, things have changed. When earlier in high school and college, all that was really needed was a school bag, calculator, notebook, pen, and sometimes a ruler and of course a mobile phone for nothing but to play some games and answer mom's calls.
Nowadays, it’s a whole new level when it comes to school days. We Students don’t need such odd things that  have been used for years, we need something better than that. Earlier  If the students would have an option to get high-end devices to help simplify  studying, then they  would do the same as well!
Well, in a market full of devices, mobile phones, tablet, PCs and more, how to know which device could really help a College student?!
After digging deep inside this issue, here are a list of device recommendations that could help save your time as a student.

  1. Tablet
Tablets are very useful and essential as they are very handy , with its big screen and lots of possibilities. They seem like the perfect choice to help browse the web for reading books, listening to lectures and going through student material and researches that will absolutely help us in different ways efficiently. And the cheapest tablet that we can get with good quality are: Apple Mini iPad , the Kindle. Also Amazon Fire HD 8 and Amazon Fire 7 are on the top list.

When its related to college or high school , we need something to type all those term papers on. A basic laptop doesn’t have to be really heavy or expensive. You can go for cheap one with a good features  like: Acer Aspire M5-481PT, or Samsung Chromebook, .  These devices are helpful for creating and editing documents, presentations and working on projects.

Many professors and teachers still prefer a hard copy. That’s why it is essential to have a printer to make it easy to print assignments or designs and I personally prefer notes when it comes to learning for exams. And there are many choices for good printers so I use the HP Deskjet 3630. Small, affordable and smartly designed.

4. Portable Phone Charger
No matter how good the battery life is, we always run out of charge in our Phones/Tablets/Laptops in our long and hectic school or college days, so consider buying a portable phone charger or phone case with built-in charger. It will help!  Thank me later :p

5. Headphones
Wearing headphones is the official sign for DO NOT DISTURB .  You can opt for the noise cancelling headphones. It’s really effective to help to study in noisy or crowded places.

Can you imagine living without the internet? No right?!! We don’t always have access to the  internet  in cafes or libraries, so portable mini routers solve this problem, we can use 
our own Wi-Fi, the small portable network connection easily and of course it’s easy to carry.

7. Extra Hard Drive
It’s not essential, but just in case the hard drive of your laptop fails, all the research, papers and notes will be gone. So, it would be better to have an extra hard drive and backup the laptop from time to time.

8. USB
Well, this is essential! No one today can deal without a USB flash drive, it helps in transferring files without a need for a network connection. When it comes to us students, it’s helps in transferring files no matter what’s the size is because there are many choices for the storage.

9- Pocket Projector
Well this is more university oriented so students like me might need it in their presentations, it can easily hook up to mobile phone or laptops and present what they want on a larger screen.
So the above listed devices may not be essential for every student. It depends on your study and your major. But I can be very sure these devices make our work for college/ uni life much more faster and easier than the usual.
I hope this helps all the college students like me .

This Post was written by Hanan Ali Thakur.
Hanan was born and brought up in Kuwait and is currently studying 
Bachelors of Commerce in Kuwait.
She loves travelling and considers herself a complete foodie.
She runs a lifestyle blog on Instagram which is all about food recommendations,
 places to visit, outfit ideas and other social issues people deal with.
You can connect with her on her social media :
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