16 Jul 2017

Postcard From Seattle - Exploring Mount Rainier

Welcome to the third post of this Postcard From Seattle travel series. 


Needless to say, these pictures literally take us to the mountain. The view got better as we drive through the long roads. We get to see the wonders of the clear sky, the tall pine trees, the beautiful rainbow, the snowy pathways and at last the destination arrives.

If just seeing these pictures is a delight in itself, imagine how it will be like to experience it first hand. Exploring the Mount Rainier National Forest is a must on your to do list, if you are visiting Seattle.

As the title implies, let the pictures do the talking.

A Day Trip To Mount Rainier #2



The gorgeous white mountain welcomes us as we climb. With such beauty, no wonder this place attracts tourists from different parts of the world.






Finally, we set our feet, er, eyes on Mount Rainier. And the trip ends here. InshaAllah, I will bring in some more travel related posts with some nice photographs. 


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13 Jul 2017

I Will Not Clean My Room ~ Children's Book Review


I promised to read this Children’s book and share my opinion but I took a longer time than I wanted to. Better late than never, right?!

Good books are the best companions. And I Will Not Clean My Room is one such book that will make a great company to the little ones.

When I received the book, the first impression was that why would a children's book have a title saying No. But once I read the book, I found the content very nice and colorful. Well, well, which kid would like to clean their room, after all? So, this rhyme book is a perfect gift to those who say 'I will not do it!'



Author - Saharish Arshad
Illustrator - Elsa Estrada


In this adorable book, little Musa’s mom asks him to clean his room. But he was bit lazy to do it and decides to imagine all the wonderful things that he is going to do in Jannah, along with his sister Leila.


The book is all about Musa's musings over the room cleaning, toys and chocolates along with good deeds, Jannah and love for Allah.

Children dream and imagine a lot, but they also should know the value of effort they put in to achieve their dreams. And that is what this book talks about. While at it, it also instills the love for our Creator. The book also rhymes about the importance of helping each other and working together as a family. The moral is clearly stated but in a fun way.

This is the first book in the series called ‘My Journey to Jannah’. The author has achieved what she wanted to convey. A simple idea and a great moral expressed in captivating illustrations. The drawings add rich color to the book. The illustrations are so vivid and the rhymes, simple and lovable.

A charming and colorful book to introduce your children and as a parent, this is a must have in your collection. I personally love stories and poems that rhyme. So I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and of course, loved reading it to my nephew. And he wants me to read it over and over again.


This amazing rhyming book is perfect for children who love to daydream while letting them learn that good deeds are really worth the effort.

Join little Musa as he dreams away!

This book is available on Amazon India.

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6 Jul 2017

Postcard From Seattle - Mount Rainier

This is the much delayed travel series from Abdul. He wrote the first part - detouring the city with Seattle City Pass. Then he got too busy to blog, leaving me with some beautiful shots he clicked during his trip to Seattle last year. So, I compiled this post as a Photo essay. Well, if only a short intro or an experience written, it would have been even more wonderful. But then I believe the pictures say it all. 

A Day Trip To Mount Rainier - Part 1




Mount Rainier is one of the highlights from his trip to Seattle. I found the fishing lake, the long trails, the beautiful landscape and the snowy mountain, so enticing. This is a great place if you love skiing, hiking and mountaineering, and perfect get away to go on a weekend. All I know is, not to miss visiting Mt. Rainier if I get a chance to travel to Seattle.





I let you take a moment to gaze at this majestic Mountain, because there are more to see.

Hope you like this picture post. Wait for more photos from Mt.Rainier. 

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More breathtaking pictures at Exploring Mount Rainier - Postcard From Seattle


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21 Jun 2017

Royal Evening Gown From Islamic Design House


FAITH. FUN. FASHION. Here comes my first Modest Outfit post.

While there are so many options to shop dresses online, I particularly chose this one site Islamic Design House dot Com for my Eid attire. Ever since I came to know of this website, I am so hooked to their gorgeous collection of Abayas, Hijabs, Tunics and Prayer Mats.


IDH decided to offer me one of their trending modest outfits. From their beautiful collection, I said Yes to the Silk Route - Royal Evening Gown, for I felt the name is so appropriate and the maxi dresses suit me well.



Women around the world treat Clothing in the form of fun and fashion. Islamic Design House offers us a chance to stay one step ahead of style with modesty, comfort and confidence. They serve fashion to women of all faith, as a mix of tradition and trend.

About Islamic Design House - Everyone loves an amazing fashion affair and that's what IDH celebrates. It is an UK based company and they love to pioneer. Their goal is to provide the trendiest range of unique products, prompt delivery and exceptional customer service with passionate sales representatives in every major country, including, US, UK, Canada, Egypt and India.

They say - ‘Faith’ sets the rhythm of our heart, 'Fun' is the flavor of our flair and 'Fashion' is what we do best!

I was very excited to receive the package from IDH. They sent me the Jilbab as well as a Hijab. Double Deal! And when I took them out of the cover my first impression was 'MashaAllah! Wow!'

For this Eid, I am going sizzling black - The Royal Evening Gown with In Essence's Black Poly Chiffon Hijab. Choosing from their Elegant Abayas/Jilbabs collection is one of the best ways to look classy and elegant.



Chiffon material with Satin lining and long Bead Motifs gracefully adorn the yoke and shoulders. Nice fabric and the flow is lovely. I personally loved to see the beads are back in trend. The Satin lining gives a sheen to the dress, making it a royal affair.


There are many outfits I found as good buys at Islamic Design House, and this Silk Route's royal evening gown is one among them. This maxi dress is a signature for special occasions. From weddings to parties to friends outing or family dinner, it effortlessly makes you stand out from others in a simple yet stylish manner.


The chiffon gives a beautiful fall and the elegant bead motif on the top make this piece extremely desirable one. The convenient thing is that we can also pair this Abaya up with different colored scarfs for different looks.


Price might look a bit high for the Indian customers, but the products are worth a buy. I have purchased Abayas from Saudi and Dubai. So comparatively, I see the price range is moderate for the grace and style IDH offers.

Regarding the measurements, the size chart is precise. They offer different fits as well as different length options. Measure and choose your fittings appropriately, so that there will be no disappointment. I wore flats. So the length was perfect. But if you wear Heels, then I would suggest to order one length longer.


I have bought few Hijabs and Jilbabs from this brand at Amazon India. And they were classy!

At first, there was a mistake in the size I ordered. When I mailed them, they acted quick and made sure that I got my product way before Eid. IDH customer care is friendly and they strive to serve you better. Check the Return/Exchange policy for more details.


Islamic Design House has some stunning collections this Eid. Currently, there are lots of exciting offers and also, Sale upto 40% Off is going on. You don't want to miss this exciting opportunity.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite outfits with amazing discounts at IDH.

Stay Modest. Be stylish. Happy Shopping.

Website - IslamicDesignHouse.com

PS - This is a sponsored post. However, the opinions are mine. The pictures are copyrighted.

17 Jun 2017

How To Make Our Children Understand The Essence Of Laylat ul Qadr

Assalamu Alaikum!

Looks like Ramadan just started and the time flies in the blink of an eye. Here we are at the edge of Ramadan, awaiting Eid. But the lessons and activities for the month is not over yet. Allah has given us many opportunities to do good deeds and repent our sins, and we are already showered with His countless blessings. Laylatul Qadr is one such blessing that Allah has bestowed upon us, and it is our gateway to Jannah.

When the Sahabas asked the Prophet (pbuh) that 'in earlier days, people have lived longer till 900 years and they were able to worship Allah for a longer period and thus, reaped the rewards.' They wished for an opportunity to have that sort of virtue and honour. That is when Allah has revealed the verse on Laylat ul Qadr to our Prophet (pbuh). Allah has mentioned in the Quran that ‘The night of Qadr is better than a thousand months’.

While we make use of this blessed night to the fullest, our children should also know the significance of it and the reason why we seek it. So make sure they are keen on prayers in the last 10 days of Ramadan. Encourage the children to do good deeds, like giving charity, being nicer to people, praying a little extra and helping others.

There are few activities to make the children interested to do it on their own, on Laylat ul Qadr.

1. Knowledge of Laylat ul Qadr - The children should know it is the very night, Quran’s first verse ‘Iqra’ was revealed to our Prophet (pbuh) while he was meditating in the Hira Cave. This night comes down as a gift from Allah, and this one night of worship equals to worshipping for 1000 months. And that itself explains the significance.

2. Memorizing Surah Qadr - It is a small and easy surah to memorise for children. So that they can recite the surah in their prayers during last 10 days. Also teach them its Tafseer, as a part of your storytelling session (Read Ramadan Activities For Children)



3. Duas and Supplication Printables - Saying the duas together will help the children to memorise the most powerful yet small Dua that the our Prophet (pbuh) has advised us to recite more during the last 10 days of Ramadan. Prepare Dua Cards and insist them to ask for forgiveness. For even the smallest mistakes they did, they should be aware that Allah is the Most Gracious to forgive them. So let them say Asthagfirullah Al Aleem after every salah.



4. Encourage to remain in I’thikaf - Women and Children can observe I’thikaf at home, but the Niyyath is important. Even stepping on our Musalla for a salah, with the I’thikaf intention is rewarded. Keeping the I’thikaf niyyath, every time we enter the masjid, will reap rewards for even the minimum time spent there.

Construct a small I’thikaf tent or set a prayer area in the corner of your house. Keep a small Musalla, a Quran, a Tasbeeh and few Islamic Children’s books to read and hang Dua cards. Thus the kids will understand that this place is only meant to remember Allah and not to play games or unnecessary talks.

5. Sadaqah and Goodie Bags -

Encourage the kids to save a part of their pocket money to donate during this night. This will also give the knowledge of Zakat calculating as well as the idea of sharing. While gaining rewards of the 1000 months. Also let them fill the bags with goodies. They will be happier to distribute to the people at masjid. This activity will also make them feel responsible as well as getting to know about the significance of the blessed night.

The night we await is arriving, but when? That remains a mystery, however we have given some indication that it falls on odd numbered days - 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29. But are we certain of our Day 1 of Ramadan? Hence, there are chances that Laylat ul Qadr could fall on the even numbered days 22,24,26,28 or 30 as well. So it is best to indulge in prayers during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

May Allah give us the strength to stand for prayers, supplicate and seek Tawba on this night. InshaAllah, we will be rewarded with the best and our Halal wishes are granted. Aameen!

15 Jun 2017

Modesty In Style


Okay, here comes another Fashion related post from me. But you all know I am not a fashion frenzy blogger. I do it now and then, as I sit and relax. There are literally innumerable fashion bloggers in every nook and corner of the city. But there are only few Hijabi fashion bloggers in India who focus on Modest Outfits. Modest outfit doesn’t mean boring clothes or the old fashioned burqa, but then it can be accentuated and stylized like any other outfits. Generally speaking, Modest Fashion refers to looking stylish while relatively covered.

That being said, I agree I do not have the high end fashion knowledge but I do have some dressing sense to suit me. I am tall. Sometimes when my diet take a toll, I end up looking big, you know the tall and the fat ones. My personality is a bit of this and a tad of that. Delicate as well as a clumsy type. I am not ‘into’ fashion related scenarios but for every women, looking good is that one thing that comes naturally. After all, fashion is being able to mix and match different colors and patterns and pull it off together. All we need is some style.

If you think Modest Fashion is only for Muslims, well, then it's time to change your idea. Modesty in fashion means covering your body appropriately. Simple as that. Anybody can dress modestly whether they are Muslim or not, female or male. It is just a dress code. Being modest, to me, does not mean it has to compromise our sense of style. In my opinion, modest wear can be as simple as a maxi skirt, loose pants, a kurta & a scarf. Even a Salwar Kameez with nicely draped dupatta is modest. You agree with that, right?

Fashion evolves every day. It changes and progresses every minute. I’d say, fashion is neither the truth nor the fact but they are somebody’s opinion. And the perspective changes from one another. I am pretty conscious on how I cover myself. Especially, with the length of my dresses and the fitting of my garment. I prefer my own trend and identity but within the conservative parameters of my faith.

Big or small, slim or fat, fair or dark, there is no difference. Fashion belongs to everyone. It is the style that matters. In recent times, Hijabs and Maxi dresses are trending in the fashion runway. With my wardrobe full of scarves, Abayas and Jilbabs, the floral maxi dress and that denim shirt and the salwar kameez and sarees, I decide to take a dip in the Modest Fashion Blogging, and show some of my simple, comfortable and everyday styles.


To me, modesty in actions and behavior are equally important, as Allah says.

O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of God's signs, that they may take heed. (Quran - 7:26)

Being a Hijabi, I am trying to keep a balance between modesty and style. For sometime now, I have been pondering about sharing with you all on how I approach the whole dressing idea - modestly and with individuality.

Two third of the Ramadan has passed and we are already awaiting Eid. Along with fasting and prayers, there is so much plans ahead, and my first outfit post coming up soon…

Wassalam!

26 May 2017

Ramadan Activities For Children

Summer is showing it's hot signs this month. The generous sizzles and the scanty drizzles make us parched, yet we are getting ready to welcome Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Whatever season it may come, certainly, that is the most blessed month of the year. As we prepare ourselves for this special month, we also have to make Ramadan interesting and fun for our children, as much as making it worthy of them.


It is always best to involve the children in every discussion and the projects you plan. From the moon sighting, to Iftar till Eid preparation, make sure they participate. The essence of Ramadan must be the first thing to be taught before they observe fast. The kids often want to fast as they see their parents and elders in the family. But, at the beginning they are not able to complete the fast fully. In that case, let them fast for few hours or as long as they can. Prepare a special Iftar for them with their favorite meal. Try to divert their minds from hunger and thirst, by taking out for a walk or a ride in the car. Let them fast even for couple of hours and celebrate.

Highlighting here are the best possible ways, to my knowledge, to boost their energy levels during fasting, while improving their values and life skills. From toddlers to teenagers, this list applies to children of all ages. I believe, these are interesting as well as productive ways for them during Ramadan.

1. RECITE QURAN AND PRAY 5 TIMES A DAY - This is the fundamental of Islam and it is a good way to start practicing from Ramadan. Maintaining a journal or planner to keep track of 5 waqt prayers on time and the Juzes and Surahs they recite everyday. This will encourage them to recite more and to pray without a miss, especially to keep their journal impressive.


2. FAST TOGETHER AS A FAMILY - Every parent is their child's role models. They imitate them in their actions, knowingly and unknowingly. After sahar time, stay up till Fajr to pray together, and then go to bed. That will be one of the cherished family times spend together.

3. STORYTELLING - Don’t rely on reading books all the time. Kids will be entertained and well informed through a Storytelling session. Schedule your time to tell stories to your children, everyday. Tell them Prophet stories in chapters and episodes. And this activity will make you read more, while the kids look forward to the next session. This activity easily brings the enthusiasm to know about prophets and their lifestyle. On a long run, the stories we tell them now, will engrave in their memory as they grow older.

4. INVOLVEMENT IN IFTAR PREPARATION - Not to play with fire but they can help you in making desserts, fetching the things you need, setting tables, serving dates and water etc. Giving some responsibilities to them will make them feel important as well as some of our chores get done too. Once in a while, invite their friends for Iftar party. Let your children decides the menu and their guests. That will be like a picnic and will enjoy their friends' company. Apart from fun, this will also instigate responsibility in their minds, as they lead the Iftar.


5. PRAY TARAWEEH IN JAMATH - Children enjoy going to masjid with their parents to pray Taraweeh at nights. Even going to Taraweeh for few days with the family, standing for prayers with the community people and relatives, will give them opportunity to socialize with others and feel as a part of the community. That goes a long way for our children in bringing them closer to Islam.


6. MAKE GOODIE BAGS - Let the children fill the bags with goodies and they will be much happy to distribute to the people at the masjid. Do this at least once in the month. preferably, on Laylat-ul-Qadr. This will also make them know about the significance of that one night. Or they can even make the goodie bags for their class, anytime of the month.

7. INTRODUCE ARTS AND CRAFTS - From paper crafts to painting, there are lots to keep them occupied. If they are old enough to handle needles, then basic sewing and embroidering would be perfect. Fabric painting in a plain cloth or doing patches with patterns and designs with fabric glue on a Felt cloth which later can be used as their Prayer mats. Or help your small girl to do embroidery flowers in her prayer outfit. They will be more keen to pray in their handmade personalized prayer materials. Making Eid Cards and sending it to family and friends also make an interesting activity to keep them engaged. These will stir their creative minds.



8. ZAKAT PLANS- When planning for charity, include them too. Let them keep the Zakat money in the envelope. If they are older, let them write the names of the receiver, as you list. We should also teach them that charity is not alone about giving money, but also kindness through actions and manners. Greeting the guests or when going to Taraweeh, saying Assalamu Alaikum with a smile to others in the masjid -that itself a Sadaqah. Also encourage them to save some of their pocket money to donate during Eid. This will naturally bring the knowledge of Zakat calculating as well as the idea of sharing.

9. PLAY TIME WITH QUIZ AND DUAS - From the stories you tell, ask them questions. This will make them listen and grasp the stories and its details. Alternatively, you can also teach them one or two Duas and Salawats per day. Saying a Dua will encourage the children to ask from Allah and the Salawat brims the love for our Prophet (pbuh). At the end of the month, they will come to know some 40-60 Duas easily.

10. EID SHOPPING - That will be some fun outing for them at the malls. But shop for their Eid gifts in advance and surprise them, when the time comes. While gifting, do not forget to appreciate them for the effort they put throughout the month and let them know how much they mean to you. And even a simple acknowledgement means a lot to them.

These were few things my parents and grandparents used to do to encourage me and brothers during Ramadan, when we were young. Certainly, that helped us a lot in understanding the essence of the religion, as much it became our lifestyle, with no much effort. Also that motivated us in reading religious books, listening to bayaans, and keeping a Ramadan journal in later days.

Insha Allah, children will sure look forward to each day throughout the month. May Allah bless us all with long, good, healthy and prosperous life, to witness the next Ramadan. Aameen!



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16 May 2017

Baahubali - An Epic Saga

Finally, I watched Baahubali - The Conclusion. To be honest, I have not gone to the movie to know Why Kattappa killed Baahubali or to know has Baahubali really died? The question they asked at the end of Baahubali - The Beginning did stir the audience’s curious minds. And, the sequel holds answers to many questions.


Baahubali is undoubtedly an epic masterpiece. Captivating storytelling, stunning visuals, innovative war sequence along with the notable Tamil dialogues. (I watched the Tamil version) It has all the elements to enthrall the audience in every possible way. As the twists and turns unfold, we will be wanting for more and more. I found part 2 was powerful and action packed than the part 1. Well, the first part established all the characters already and so it was easy to go directly into fast paced action story.

However, I felt a hurry in the climax and also left with one or two unanswered questions, still there are many things to rave about. Because, the movie left me speechless in many places. I literally couldn’t come out of the movie and its characters even after two days. This post is not a review, but I am trying to reminisce what I experienced on the big screen.

I can list out many reasons for why I liked this film. I always look for the costumes in any movies. And here I couldn’t stop admiring those rich brocade costumes with bright colors and prints complementing each characters who share the same screen and also with the backdrop. Not to forget the lavish art direction, action choreography, well, every scene etched in detail to please our eyes. But the songs and the dance choreography failed to impress me as much it did in the prequel.

Know more about the movie

Let me highlight the two things I loved the most. Firstly, it is the visuals. No one can forget the visually stunning waterfalls and the magnificent golden statue scene in Baahubali - The Beginning. The team had put a lot of effort in the second part, and hence there are some breathtaking scenes. The visuals not only showcase the images and objects but also expresses the character of each and every element and brings out that overwhelming feel, naturally.


Secondly, the dialogues. I was kind of attracted towards the dialogues in Tamil version. I must admit I fell in love with my language one more time. It was like listening to a rhythm. Not all but some dialogues. That’s not because of the bestirring background score but the rhyming in the words play its own tune. The way its been rendered is also impressive.

I have grown up watching black and white Raja-Rani Tamil films and it reminded me of those days. At one point, I even longed for the Tamil poetry I studied in my school. It was that beautiful and enchanting. It also reminded me the historical series I used to read in a weekly magazine.

Beyond the extravagant visuals and the graphics in the movie, the emotions underneath played the vital part. Be it romance, vengeance, melodrama, action, humor, sarcasm etc. I admired how the brevity of dialogues elevate those emotions.


Like I said in the beginning of this post, I did not go to the cinema to know the answers. But I only wanted to get drenched in awe moment. The movie did satisfy my expectation. It certainly has the gravity to keep the audience hooked throughout. When I walked out of the cinema hall as the end credits rolling, it was like every single droplet of the rain caressing my skin, leaving me in a state that I would want to sway in its harmony.

The magic of the terrific storytelling along with the visual grandeur makes Baahubali a brilliant masterpiece.
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