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Ameen Ceremony & Importance of Learning Quran

Happy Jummah/Friday!

Paki outfit couple peach blackBack in September the husband and I attended an Ameen ceremony for our nephew, however I wasn’t able to post about it earlier since I was busy.  Today being Friday, the day that is considered an Eid for Muslims is also a day that most Muslims take time out of their day to attend Jummah namaz/prayer in congregation, and read/listen to the Quran.  Thus, I thought today would be a nice reminder on the importance of learning to read the Quran, if you don’t already or trying to make reading the Quran and it’s translation a daily habit.  Of course, this is  a reminder to myself first since I am guilty of forgetting to do this even though I carry around my cellphone everywhere and it has a great Quran app.

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The backdrop was DIYed by my SIL she created it with fabric, the balloon columns were created by my BIL from Tampa.

An Ameen/Bismillah ceremony is a celebration for the child who has taken time to learn to read the Quran in Arabic.  For most kids this can take a few years to accomplish as this is a class they take concurrent with their regular studies.  You have to first learn the Arabic alphabet, then learn how different vowels/accents apply, learn to read Arabic words and then finally learn to read sentences.  As the child learns the basics, they are also taught the importance of wuduu, Islamic procedure of washing body parts before prayer and reciting the Quran, and short surah’s for everyday.

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Candy, gift cards, and gifts for Islam/Quran related games

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I’m my husband’s muse. But in reality this is the only overview of the decor without the guests. At this point we were adding the final touches to the decor. All decor ideas were of my SIL.

The Quran is made up of 30 books/chapters, has exactly 114 surahs, the longest surah is Al-Baqarah (the cow) which consists of 286 ayat/verses, and the shortest are found in the 30th chapter which are usually first to be memorized to be recited in daily prayer.

flower vase blue bismillah celebrationThe Ameen ceremony is a big milestone in a child’s life and is one of the best accomplishments not only for the child but also the parents.  The ceremony is thus an encouragement to other children and their parents to enforce the importance of learning to recite the Quran, and to become a life long student of the Quran.

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There was lots of yummy food like cholay!

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Here we are playing a fun game where we had to unscramble Islamic words using a number keypad.

Today more than ever we need to understand the Quran not just read it.  We are being questioned about what exactly the Quran say’s but don’t know how to refute misunderstanding. We need to understand the verses that are constantly misquoted and defend the true message of the Quran. I would like to end this post with a quote from an article I read today on MuslimMatters.org called Top Five Misquotations of the Quran.

The Qur’an is a message to humanity that repeats 114 times, “In the Name of God the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful.” The Qur’an instructs Muslims to show goodness to those who do evil (41:34), to speak words of peace to those who are hostile (25:63), to call to the way of God with wisdom and beautiful preaching (16:125), to treat peaceful non-muslims with the utmost kindness and justice (60:8), to be the best of people towards other people (3:110), and to respect freedom of religion (2:256, 10:99). There is simply no plausible way to understand the Qur’an in a manner bereft of mercy, compassion or peace. Any sincere and reasonable person looking at these passages must necessarily recognize that the Qur’an stands for mercy, not for destruction and violence.”

Here are a few more snaps courtesy of the husband.  Thank you so much for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!
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Paki outfit – custom | Earrings – bought from boutique in Devon | Watch – Movado | Bracelet – Swarovski fidelity | Bag – Coach clutch (love this style and this) | Nail polish – Inglot (similar can be found here)

|Decor deets|

Decor idea & games thought of by my sister-in-law (mother of the nephew), backdrop fabric bought from fabric store, vases from Walmart, table linens rented | All balloon creations were created by my husband and his brother from Tampa, of Celebration Balloon -check out this post for ideas too |

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*Any quranic/Islamic mistake or misquotation on this post is that of my own, Ayesha of AnUblog.com. Thus, all is for general purposes only, and to share decorating ideas.

Eid Gift | Allah to Z: Activity Book Review

Happy Tuesday!

Allah to Z Activity BookThis Ramadan I have been in search of great decor and gift ideas that are Islamic, and worth sharing with my reader’s.  I  came across this Islamic children’s activity book from the author of Allah to Z alphabet book, Sam’n Iqbal.  If you haven’t heard of this book series then you are missing out, because you and your kids will appreciate these books especially during Ramadan and Eid.

Book Preview Allah to ZOn the Allah to Z website you will be able to find a book preview with their alphabet book, where you can see fun graphic’s and easy words for a child to follow along but still understand the meaning of the word. In addition, to book previews, you can even download activities that go along with the activity book that I was sent for review.

Arabic letter bingo for kidsAbove is a page from the activity book featuring Arabic letter bingo for kids. This bingo game would be great for kid’s who are learning their alphabet to start reciting the Qur’an, or even for kids who already know how to read.  This game can be played during Ramadan with siblings, during events like Ameen (Qur’an finishing ceremonies for kids), and even to give out in a Ramadan/Eid gift basket for kids.

Kaaba bank activity Aside for this book making a great gift item for kids, you can actually find useful activities for kids inside. One of my favorite activities in this book is the Kaaba bank. This Kaaba bank activity will first get kids involved in the making process, so they can have a hands on activity, then after the Kaaba is finished with all the trimmings you can teach your kids the importance of charity. This can be a year long activity where you can ask your kids to donate a portion of their allowance every Friday/Jummah, then during Ramadan teach them about zakat and sadaqah. and ask them to donate the money collected year around during a charity event in a masajid or other charity of your/or your child’s choice. Just this one activity can teach so many lesson’s to kids, not just about charity but also about learning how to count, learning to save money, and learning to give to those less fortunate than us.

Mosque yarn activity for kidsThe activity book features over 30 activities for your kids to use during Ramadan, especially great for those long Summer month’s when kids are off from school, the activities are engaging and great for Islamic lesson’s. In addition, if you visit the Allah to Z website you will find under “fun stuff” an Allah to Z – The Coloring Book app! How fun is that? So now even when you are not at home and your kid’s are glued to the ipad they can have an Islamic coloring book.App for Allah to Z Coloring bookThe author, Sam’n Iqbal, is a graduate of New York University with a Master’s in Bicultural School Counseling. She plan’s to develop a interfaith counseling program for Sunday school’s and Islamic school’s. Sam is graciously participating in the huge Ramadan and Eid giveaway coming up this week, and so one of you could win the activity book mentioned today. For more updates, please be sure to follow Allah to Z’s Facebook fan page, here.

Thank you for visiting & have a great day!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review, giveaway, and credit’s AllahtoZ.com for the preview pics. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

Modern Islamic Stationery Reveiw

Happy Friday everyone!

Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion.”[Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi] credit: Sunnah.com

Islamic stationery

Today I am featuring fun Islamic stationery, yes you heard right fun like Kate Spade fun! We all have seen those adorable pens, pencils, notepads, and sticky notes, etc. from popular brands that have fun designs, and we want to hoard just because of the cuteness. We’ll now I’m so excited because I can find such Islamic products that are fun to display and useful.

Islamic pencil set and sticky notes

Muslamb Stationers, is an Etsy shop specializing in letterpress & offset greeting cards, fill-in invitations & desk decor essentials such as notepads, sticky notes, bookends, stamps & pencils, the most popular of which are the “Hijabi Hard at Work” & “Study Dua” pencils. Since it’s founding, Muslamb Stationers products have appeared on various design blogs & magazines in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Malaysia and Turkey. They are located in Chicago, and offer a variety of product’s on their Etsy shop which you can check out here.

Eid Mubarak magnets and InshahAllah sticky notesThey were kind enough to send me some items for review, and also they will be participating in the huge Ramadan & Eid giveaway so some lucky person will win some of this fun Islamic stationery. Muslamb stationery comes in bright colors, and their pencil’s have “studying dua” on them–how great is that. The sticky notes are as great as any in the market but what makes them better is they have “InshahAllah” and other Islamic reminder’s written on them. I was also sent small magnet’s that say “Eid Mubarak” on them- how cute. I love magnet’s and will be sticking these on my refrigerator right away. All these items were packaged very nicely, are of quality and are made in the US.

20140714-155642.jpg6 #2 pencils in shades of purple and pink. Print reads: “Rabbi Zidni ‘Ilman War Zuqni Fahman” Meaning: “O Allah advance me in knowledge and true understanding.” And below are other cute product’s that I’m loving!

Hijabi hard at work pencilSalat door signThe stationery items will make great gift items for children (and children at heart like myself) for Ramadan, Eid, just because presents or even as small prizes for kids in Sunday school competitions. To order your own, check out Muslamb Stationers on Etsy. Also join their Facebook fanpage here, and twitter for updates.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review and giveaway. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

Ramadan Kareem + Striped Maxi Skirt #HOOTD

Hi all,

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First off, Ramadan Kareem to all my Muslim readers! Alhamdulillah we have been blessed once again to enjoy the mercy of this month. May this month bring immense blessings and happiness upon you and your loved ones, and may all your fasts and prayers be accepted –ameen.

Rooh Afza, dates, pakoray, samosay, aloo cholay, and fruit chaat

{Bon Appetit} Rooh Afza, dates, pakoray, samosay, aloo cholay, and fruit chaat

#ouriftaritable

#ouriftaritable

The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days.

Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him” (2: 185).

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|HOOTD| Scarf/Hijab - Haute Hijab | Faux Leather Jacket - Target | Statement Necklace - Ameera Noor x Jane.com | Tee - Old Navy | Maxi Skirt - Ann Taylor Factory | Bag - Kate Spade Factory

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|HOOTD|
Scarf/Hijab – Haute Hijab (similar here) | Faux Leather Jacket – Target (similar here, and here) | Statement Necklace – Ameera Noor x Jane.com (similar here, and here) | Tee – Old Navy (similar here) | Maxi Skirt – Ann Taylor Factory (love this one) | Bag – Kate Spade Factory (very similar here, and here)

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

March on Women | International Women’s Day & Islam

Wishing all AnUblog readers a Happy International Women’s Day!

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International Women’s Day stands for showing respect, appreciation and love towards women and celebrate women’s economic, political, social achievements, and strive towards progression.

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Stay empowered!

World Hijab Day Feb. 1

World hijab dayWorld Hijab Day is Feb. 1, I’m proudly representing and supporting this movement. All Muslims and non-Muslims are asked to wear a hijab for one day for “Better Awareness. Greater Understanding. Peaceful World” I couldn’t have said it any better.

“At the end of the day we are part of one big family called the human race I pray that a movement like World Hijab Day gives us an opportunity to learn to be tolerant of each other by accepting and respecting each others differences. It is only through tolerance and understanding we can coexist peacefully. “ Founder Nazma Khan

More information about World Hijab Day can be found at http://worldhijabday.com/.

Photo credit: The Muslim Times

#worldhijabday2014

Faithful Friday | Ayatul Kursi

Jummah Mubarak!

I know I haven’t posted on Friday for several weeks now so wanted to make a quick post. Love how Nouman Ali Khan explains almost anything and everything dealing with Islam.

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Have a blessed day!

Food for Thought Thursday | Yes, I Believe in Jesus too!

Happy Tursday everyone!


“If we don’t have peace, we’ll end up in pieces
Treat people the way that you want to be treated” -Mo Sabri


Today I came across an artist I had never heard of until today, Mo Sabri. My curiosity peaked when I heard his beautiful song Heaven is Where Her Heart is (Aisha), of course it resonated with me for namesake reasons and then hearing it a couple of times I thought the lyrics were beautiful as well.

Then I immediately wanted to hear his other interfaith songs and came across I Believe in Jesus. After hearing this song I flashbacked to about two years ago when I was taking organic chemistry and studying hard for an upcoming test. My non-Muslim friend and I were sitting at a table discussing some problems when I noticed a lady sitting across from us who kept glancing over at me, the hijabi. I didn’t think much of it and continued studying. After some studying we decided to grab lunch before heading to class. My friend and I grabbed our books and started walking the opposite direction when all of a sudden I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was the lady who kept glancing over at me. I was a little startled because right after turning around she started preaching Christianity to me and wanted to “save me” she also told me that “Jesus loves me” at that point I interrupted her and replied “yes, I believe in Jesus too!” And to that the Christian lady looked shocked said “oh ok” and simply walked away. And I went my merry way to grab some lunch.

This is just one personal example but I’m sure many others have faced similar situations, even the husband has told me of these occurrence.

I just want to humbly let all non-Muslim readers know that yes, we Muslims believe in Jesus too. And please also watch this enlightening video by Mo Sabri or just read the lyrics I’ve quoted below.

Lyrics:

Verse 1

This ain’t a song about bottles in the club
This is about a role model filled with love
A teacher, a preacher with guidance from above
Sent to represent a message of peace like a dove
In the west they call him Jesus, in the east they call him Isa
Messiah, Christ…the same person that you speak of
Ask me why I wrote this song I will tell you because
There’s too many people silent, it’s time for me to speak up
The son of a virgin, they say it is illogical
Probably improbable but God made it possible
Gabriel told Mary that her son would be phenomenal
His voice was always audible, The opposite of prodigal,
He overcame the obstacles, people attacking him
He was a walking hospital, with healing he was passionate
He cured the sick, raised the dead, shout out to Lazarus
I’m talking about Jesus of Nazareth

Chorus:

If we don’t have peace, we’ll end up in pieces
Treat people the way that you want to be treated
If you do believe it, sing it and repeat it
I am not afraid to say that I believe in Jesus

Jesus…I believe in Jesus
I am not afraid to say that I believe in Jesus
Jesus…I believe in Jesus
I am not afraid to say that I believe in Jesus

Verse 2

I’m just a follower of Jesus
What that means is: I follow what he teaches
I’m not the type of person that just wants to give speeches
I’m trying to be the person that will practice what he preaches

Yeah, ’cause I’ve observed people just say the words
But faith ain’t a noun, it is more like verb
That’s why I wrote this verse, to remind us to serve
‘Cause if you haven’t heard, faith is dead without works

How can we say we believe that God exists
If we always act the opposite, it’s ominous
How we only care about our own accomplishments, and we’re quick to break our promises
We gotta put a stop to this

We all sin, I know that we are human
But we cannot keep on using all the same excuses
Now it is the time we need to prevent the abuses
Listen up, I got the solution

Verse 3

Why does our religion always have to cause division?
In reality we’re all more similar than different
Jesus wanted unity, but nowadays it’s missing
We have to use our vision if we want to do his mission

Can’t we see we’re all children of Adam, brothers and sisters?
If you don’t agree, then you haven’t read the Scriptures
Picture when Jesus comes back to Jerusalem
Will he be happy with the way that you’ve become?

We’re living wrong but today’s a new dawn
So sing along to this song, like David singing the Psalms
Now raise up your arms, give alms with open palms
Jesus brought us a message to follow until we’re gone

Shout out to my dad and mom for blessing me in my youth
God’s essence is the proof that his message is the truth
And this song was just a lesson to remind me and you
To ask ourselves this question, what would Jesus do?

Please leave some feedback and support Mo Sabri.

Peace be upon you.

Food for Thought Thursday | Be With Allah and Allah Will Be With You

Happy Thursday everyone!

A humble reminder to myself. Alhamdulillah.

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Don’t let fear disable you when Allah is the best guide. With every hardship comes great ease and immense blessings.

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I don’t take credit for these graphics.

Have a blessed day.

Food for Thought Thursday | Faith in Allah

Hello everyone!

Today I have to share another beautiful reminder video from the Quranic Gems series by Nouman Ali Kan and Quran Weekly.

SubhanAllah!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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