Cleaning games: how to engage children in cleaning.

Guest Post by Sophia Evans

A few years ago, I used to take part in an annual campaign to clean up the environment from litter and similar sorts of waste. It was quite a large and positive event where big groups of people would get together weather they are neighbors who organized and got to work or institutions like schools, beaconing their staff and students to refresh their town. It had a lot of publicity and was advertised in hindsight of the day of the event.

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On a much smaller scale, a campaign, let us say, for a child to clean their room would certainly be adorable as well. Although no such campaigns and advertisements are on the radar, this child’s parent or guardian can set up their own domestic event. Basically they can just make a big deal out of it. A family holiday event which is celebrated once a week, where everyone clean up and at dinner, everyone is appreciated and congratulated for a job well done. Continue reading

Teaching kids to clean-up Masaajids – Guest post by Umm Ruqaiya

5 Reasons why Kids do not clean up the Masjids and practical steps to solve this problem

How can we not talk about Masajid when we talk about Ramadan?! Masajid are filled in Ramadan like in no other month.

Before I begin to talk on the subject, I request you to kindly ask yourself a question and genuinely answer it:

Is Masjid a second home for your children or is it a tourist spot for them?

What answer did you get? Unfortunately, for many, the answer is the latter one; whether your heart is able to admit it or not.

Masaajid are often not taken care of or loved as homes, rather our children treat Masajid as tourist spots. Where they go and do whatever they want and leave it in worse condition than it was before they came in. And it doesn’t seem to bother them or their parents at all. #Painful

It would be such a dream come true when children clean Masajid on their own. #Hopeful #InshaAllah. Some of you might say, “well, they are kids.” True that.

But is a ten year old or even a five year old too young to comprehend the difference between clean & unclean? Do you not expect your children of that age to clean up after themselves when at home? You do! (If you don’t, then there is an even bigger problem you need to solve sister.)

So, for now let’s stick to the age range of 5 years and up. Why can’t these children clean up in Masjid? Or be mindful of not making it dirty in the first place?

In my opinion there are 5 reasons for this problems, I have listed them below with some practical advice to solve them (in sha ALLAH). Continue reading

Guest Post – Best Flaky Samoosas by Hajra

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When you live in a foreign country the things you miss the most are:

Family, Friends, and Food. may not be in that order though 😉

Yes, you heard me right FOOD. You only learn to appreciate the value of desi food once you are in a land far, far and pretty far away (in my case). You miss the food ever so often but you miss it the most around Ramadan time remembering all the street food you get to eat back home.
My mom has always been the best cook in our entire family. All our family and friends look forward to Ramadan dawats at our place just to eat my mom’s delicious food. I and my sister were the sous-chefs doing all the cutting, cleaning and prep work for her. Before Ramadan would start we would be assigned the duty of making samosas. It would be a whole day event which was scheduled seeing when all three of us were available. My mom would make up the dough and the filling and it would be me and my sister’s duty to shape them and properly freeze them.

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Focus. Guest post by Beenish Khan

You must be reading and listening to plan and prepare for the beautiful month of RAMADAN. About how to: Declutter , Zikr Azkar, Charity, Daura Qur’an, Donations, Shopping etc.

I will not touch the similar topic which has already been taught and explained quiet well by many knowledgeable individuals and scholars.

I will share just few ideas and insights which I feel, if we implement and practice with consistency can renew and refresh our inner selves In Sha Allah.

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Let’s FOCUS on SELF and our RELATIONSHIP with ALLAH SWT.

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Guest post: No bake brownie cream cake by Uzra Kazmi

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Ramadan is almost approaching with all its blessings and delicious cuisines to be served in suhoor and aftaar. While fasting for a long hot day, the kitchen is the last place anyone wants to be is in. So making a delicious cold dessert without turning on the oven comes as a rescue. Here is a quick and easy recipe of no bake brownie cake to save your one dish sweating and boosting your low sugar levels after a day-long fast.   You can make it either during the day or at night and serve next day.

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