Ramadan Recipes: Tomato Macaroni Beef Soup


Tomato Macaroni Beef Soup

Ingredients:
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 cup of ground beef
-1 small onion [chopped]
-1 tomato chopped
-1 cup macaroni
-4 tbsp oats
-4 tbsp tomato paste
-2 tbsp Arabic mixed spice
-salt & pepper (to taste)
-1 tbsp chopped parsley/dried parsley
-8 cups of water

Method:
*{I use a multicooker to make my soups, but you can use a slow cooker or a  regular pot.}
1. Brown onion, tomato and beef with the olive oil (if you’re using a multicooker/slow cooker do this in a frying pan and then add it to your cooker — if you’re using a regular pot do this in the pot)
2. Add the rest of ingredients to your pot and cook (if stovetop put it on a low heat and check it now and again to make sure that you don’t need to add any water)
3. Leave it in your cooker/pot for about an hour. (Check and see if you want to add any more salt/pepper — If you are cooking stovetop you might want to add the macaroni after the first 30 mins if you don’t like them to be too soft)
4. Add the parsley and serve with lemon.

Enjoy!

الحمدلله
♥

S

Experiences with Breastfeeding: Part 2

It is such a relief once breastfeeding becomes “easy”. I guess a better word would be relaxed. Baby has become more efficient and I have become more comfortable. These days there isn’t much pain and leaking is minimal. Things are good.

At 4 months I had to go back to work, which meant that baby would go to daycare and I would pump in my office. The first two days were difficult for her, but since then she has been totally fine. I had trouble pumping enough for her in the beginning, but with a little patience and more frequent pumping sessions I was able to send her with enough milk without having to do any extra pumping outside of work. Thankfully, my experiences with pumping at work have been wonderful. I have my own office and I’m able to just close and lock my door when I need to. Also, there are other women here who have been in the same situation and so everyone is very understanding and supportive.

However, during that month we found out that baby seems to have a cows milk protein allergy. It was causing her to have a lot of mucus and sometimes blood in her diaper. The doctor asked me to put her on a special formula for a week, but to continue pumping. I guess the doctor felt that the formula would give us a faster answer, but it broke my heart to hear those words. Anyways, I listened to his advice and after two days passed and neither of us had slept very much, I gave up and I put her back to my chest. (A week before that I had stopped having any dairy myself. The doctor had told me to cut back, but I decided it would be easier for me to just avoid it as much as I could.) It took us three to four weeks, but we saw improvement. I have continued to avoid dairy and breastfeed and I’m happy with my decision to do that. I’m also grateful that the pediatrician was supportive of my decision as well. Continue reading

Ramadan Recipes: White Chicken & Oats Soup

 

White Chicken & Oats Soup


Ingredients:
-1 tbsp olive oil
-2 chicken breasts [cubed]
-1 small onion [chopped]
-1/3 cup lentils [rinsed]
-6 tbsp oats
-1 tbsp cumin
-salt & pepper (to taste)
-1 tbsp chopped parsley/dried parsley
-8 cups of water

Method:
*{I use a multicooker to make my soups, but you can use a slow cooker or a  regular pot.}
1. Brown onion and chicken with the olive oil (if you’re using a multicooker/slow cooker do this in a frying pan and then add it to your cooker — if you’re using a regular pot do this in the pot)
2. Add the rest of ingredients to your pot and cook (if stovetop put it on a low heat and check it now and again to make sure that you don’t need to add any water)
3. Leave it in your cooker/pot for about an hour. (Check and see if you want to add any more salt/pepper)
4. Add the parsley and serve with lemon.

Enjoy!

الحمدلله

S

Umrah عمرة

Umrah  عمرة

Umrah is a non-mandatory pilgrimage to Makkah, which can be performed at any time of the year.

Umrah is comprised of a series of acts related to events that happened to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and his second wife Hajer raḥimahā Allāh (may Allāh have mercy upon her). It is also meant to provide a sense of solidarity between Muslims.

The pilgrimage is full of prayer to and remembrance of God subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) .

Thursday, July 3 we left Riyadh for Makkah to do Umrah.

This was one of the best trips of my life.
It was beautiful, 
it was fulfilling, 
it was refreshing,
and it strengthened my faith.

In sha Allah ان شاء الله our Umrah is accepted.

I will make a second post with more details about the trip later on.

الحمد لله‎


S
sig

Ramadan رمضان

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ramadan رمضان

Abu Hurairah, (may Allah be pleased with him) quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Reported by al-Bukhari)(x)

The holy month of Ramadan is almost here!
اللهم سلمنا لرمضان وسلم رمضان لنا وتسلمه منا متقبلا
Oh Allah, safeguard us for Ramadan, safeguard Ramadan for us and accept it from us.

The Islamic calendar is a type of lunar calendar with 12 months in 1 year.Each month is measured by the amount of time it takes for the moon to go through its phases: new moon, half moon, full moon, and back to its initial phase. A new month begins with the sighting of the crescent moon.

Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar. It lasts 29 to 30 days and ends with the beginning of a new lunar cycle. The reason that Ramadan is considered the most important month in the Islamic calendar is because it is the month that the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad. During Ramadan, muslims fulfill one of the 5 requirements of Islam: fasting.
large-2

Fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. It includes abstaining from food, drink, smoking and sex. Time during the fast is spent in prayer, reading or reciting the Quran, remembrance of God and solidarity through charitable deeds. Not to mention living  normal everyday life like going to work or taking care of family. Aspects of fasting -Sincere love for God. -Hope to please God and seek His Grace. -Devotion, dedication and closeness to God. -A sound conscience: being faithful to the fast in public and in private. -Patience and selflessness: feeling the pain of deprivation, but enduring. -Moderation, willpower and discipline. -Adaptability: being able to change the entire course of daily life. -Social belonging, unity and equality before God.
(x)
دعاء_أنس_بن_مالك

Suhoor is the meal before the first prayer  of the day when fasting begins. Iftar is the meal just after the fourth prayer of the day when fasting ends. Before the prayer it is common to break the fast by eating dates.
large-2

“Throughout it all, we maintain an ambiance of joy and gratitude for all that God has blessed us withand reflect on those in this world who have been given much less.”  (x)

الحمد لله‎


S
sig