Day Twenty-Two: Water

One of the biggest issues we face during these long summer days of fasting is hydration. Staying hydrated become a huge challenge. Like most people, I am warning you to stay away from fizzy drinks, coffee, and tea, as these can leave you dehydrated. Instead, opt for water. But, if you are like me, quitting…

Day Twenty-One: And Bad Mistakes, I’ve Made a Few

I can tell you from experience that nothing eats away at your good intentions the way regret and shame can. Carrying a load of shame associated with past mistakes will not only weigh you down, it will prevent you from even trying to reach for new and better things. The internal dialogue goes like this:…

Day Twenty: The Nuts and Bolts

We are coming into the home stretch and if you haven’t started planning your meals for Ramadan yet, I advise you to get on the ball. No, I know there are some favorites out there. You know, the deep fried, swimming in gravy, heavily seasoned, aromatic masterpieces that seem to spin themselves out of kitchens everywhere…

Day Nineteen: Journaling is a thing!

We all know one of the best ways to get the best out of yourself is to write things down. Literally.  Daily affirmations, goals, deadlines, to-do lists, even regular reflections all help us to be our better selves. So today I wanted to refer you to two resources that I think will help you to…

Day Eighteen: On Purpose

This is not a post about the purpose of your creation or even about finding the purpose of life. Both of those subjects have been written about millions of times be people more equipped to talk about them than I am.  This post is about putting purpose back into the things that you already do. …

Day Seventeen: For the kids!

Since we are about two weeks away from D-day, I think it’s time to start thinking about the most important people in our lives…the kiddies.  Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or just somebody in the community who helps with “youth activities”, making sure that the children in our care have a positive Ramadan…

Day Sixteen: Cleanliness & Godliness

Today I wanted to talk about the nuts and bolts of Tahara, ritual cleanliness. I also wanted to remind us all that good grooming and keeping our homes clean is an important part of our religion. I say this because I have met sisters whose homes are sorely neglected. I can understand how this can…

Day Fifteen: Heavenly Ornaments

Today I want to talk to you about something near and dear to my heart.  Books. This post is not a reading list or a review of my favorite books. This is a call to remind me and you how important reading is to our deen. We are the inheritors of a message that began…

Day Fourteen: Something Better

He will give your something better than what was taken from you. 8:70 The number one argument I hear from people who don’t understand why I fast, pray, dress modestly or avoid alcohol is that I am giving up the fun things in life for a theory. In theory, the good deeds I do here…

Day Thirteen: Salawat?

If you are like me, salawat is sort of a formality. Its something you recite when necessary, and mark using great internet abbreviations like (SAWS) or (PBUH). Despite knowing that salawat help to bring us closer to our Lord and develop a real love for the beloved Messenger of Allah, I almost NEVER recite them.  Yet, we…

Day Twelve: Letting Go & Letting God

This is my confession. I hope that those of you who have similar troubles or concerns will find some help, hope, and encouragement in it. Things in my life have changed quite a bit. The demands on my time and the needs of my family have changed a lot. And, though there are a great…

Day Eleven: I’m So Lazy (New Routines)

Despite the startling amount of things I accomplish in a day, I am a shockingly lazy person.  Honestly.  I am always trying to avoid work. I want to accomplish my tasks with as little effort as possible, which may lead to unexpected bouts of creativity and leadership, but often leads me to look for hacks….