Thoughtful Gift Ideas 26: Emoji Pillow - Smile :)

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This gift definitely made us smile!

The emoji pillow is fun in itself but extra meaning was added by stitching on a tag which says ‘Smiling is Charity at the back.

The word cloud card was personalised with each child’s name as well as words like Akhlaq, Thankful, Charity, Eid Mubarak, Smile and the like… And at the back were two ahadith on smiling!

It all made the gift super special 🙂

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Thoughtful Gift Ideas 38: The Thankful Diary

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Thankfulness is very much the ‘in’ thing right now, with studies showing how an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has so much benefits to our well being. This is something Islam has told us from the start, and we are encouraged to be thankful 5 times a day after every salaah!

This diary is a great gift to keep encouraging our children to reflect on what they are thankful to Allah for 🙂

To 'break' a fast or 'deliver' a fast to God?

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I came across this FB post and think it’s a very special way to think about when we end our fast. Inshallah if we start young we can inculcate this thinking into our children!

Hazel Gómez de Crain

In English, so many of us say, “It is time to break my fast.” The image I think of is someone forcing themselves to eat after following God’s command of fasting. It reminds me of the rules we need and follow as servants and believers of One God.

But in Spanish, that’s not the word I was taught to use when it’s time to eat after fasting. My grandparents taught me to say, “Ahora entrego mi ayuno.” (“It is time to deliver my fast [to God].”) The image of a servant, of a believer of One God, praying “Here is my fast, oh Lord. Please accept it from me!” It reminds me of the unseen, of begging God to accept our deeds, and praying to The One God as if we see Him.

So, today, how will you deliver your fast to the Almighty Lord of the Worlds?”

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