recipes

Hot Chocolate Croissant Pudding

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Ingredients:
6-7 mini croissants/3-4 large croissants
1 mug milky hot chocolate
1/2 cup double cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
Chocolate chips/white chocolate chunks (optional)

Method:
1. Boil the sugar and water together in a pan and let it cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes till it starts to turn golden and thick.
2. Meanwhile make the hot chocolate using only milk. As well as tear and place the croissants in a buttered oven-proof dish.
3. Once the caramel is formed from the sugar and water combination, take it off the heat and let it sit in the pan for a minute. Then add the hot chocolate whilst whisking continuously (expect it to act crazily).
4. Then place the pan back onto low heat and add the cream. Keep whisking till there are no more lumps.
5. Take the mixture and place into a bowl or dish and let it cool till its room temperature.
6. Then whisk in the two eggs till fully incorporated. Pour this caramel custard over the croissants evenly, trying to soak all the croissants. Sprinkle with milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chunks.
7. Bake the pudding in a preheated oven at gas mark 5 for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or or custard or slathered in maple syrup.

Enjoy x

Khuzzy B

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Sausage Pasta Bake

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Ingredients:
8-10 sausages or kebabs cut into chunks
Onion sliced
Jar of pasta sauce (tomato and basil)
300g (1/2 -3/4) packet of pasta
Ginger and garlic paste
Green chillies to taste
Coriander powder
Cumin powder
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste
Freshly chopped parsley or coriander
Fresh basil
Whole mozzarella cheese ball
Vegetables (optional –  carrots, courgette or peppers)

Method:
1. In a pot fry the frozen or fresh sausages in oil for about 4-5 minutes until brown.
2. Now add the chopped onions to the oil and cook till softened. Add the jar of pasta sauce, 1/2 the jar full of water and all the spices. Simmer on low heat till bubbles. Then chopped parsley or coriander.
3. Boil pasta separately, then drain and add to the sauce. Mix together. Empty into a ovenproof dish.
4. Dot the sausage pasta with chunks of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some fresh basil. Grill for few minutes until cheese melts.

Note: For a healthier option cook the sausages or kebabs in the oven.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Thirteen

Foodie Lesson 13 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

My apologies for the lack of lessons.

InshaAllah this series will have a total of 20 lessons.

Today’s matter of the heart I wish to discuss is about loving others. We all believe as Muslims that the best way to live our lives is in accordance to the Quraan and Sunnah. The Quraan is a perfect guide and the behaviour, habits and speech of the Prophet SAW are a true reflection of the Quraan. The way the Prophet Muhammed SAW ate, drank, talked, walked, smelt, laughed, worshipped, socialised and even loved his family; all form a beautiful example for us to follow. Allah enable us to be those who follow the Quraan and Sunnah inshaAllah.

However Islam allows us to have preferences within the fold of Islamic rulings. We are all very diverse in what we like to eat, where we like to shop, who we wish to marry, how we socialise, taste in clothes, choice of shampoo even… The list goes on. A lot of our preferences are associated with our culture, where we live and the people around us. For example a high percentage of elder Indian people like to eat curry and chapatti for dinner but a large percentage of the youth today prefer lasagna over curries. We allowed to have these preferences in our lifestyle and leisure choices.

It’s not necessary for us to have the exact same human preferences as the Prophet Muhammed SAW, like travelling by camel, because we have cars and planes now. Islam appreciates that our tastes differ. Although scholars do say that adopting true love for the Prophet SAW can make us more inclined to enjoying dates & honey, as it was his favourite food. To want live like our favourite people is also part of human nature. But Allah knows us best as our creator and celebrates the fact that He created us all with differences in Surah Ar-Rum:

“Among His (Allah’s) signs are the creations of the heavens and the Earth, and the differences in your languages and colours. In that are signs for all people”.

The fact that we are all different (the billions that live now on earth, the gazillions before us and the amount that’ll come after us) is a sign of how amazing Allah is; a reflection of His power. No two people are the same in personality or preferences. SubhanAllah!

However we must bear in mind that there are dark shades of ‘living with preferences’ that can endanger our relationship with Allah and harden our hearts.

#1 The first of which is to give preference to what we want to do, with no reflection of what Allah wants from us. Allah does not need us to worship Him, he has millions of angels that already do so. But we worship Him to complete our faith and be of those who are close to him and inshaAllah become the dwellers of Jannah. For example some people may prefer to eat chicken over vegetables. That’s reasonable. But if we visit somewhere with no halaal chicken available, we can no longer prefer to eat the chicken over the vegetables, as Islam orders is to eat only halal meat. Alhamdullillah this is something we may not even think twice about – changing our preference to abide by Islam. Nonetheless it’s not always clear cut –  sometimes we have to step back from our actions and think are my choices taking me to Allah or away from Allah, especially with so many new lifestyle choices we make every day. Allah says in Surah An-Nisa:

“Nay, you prefer the life of this world; but the Hereafter is better and more lasting”.

Ultimately we are living for the next life and not this. Our preferences do have to have some sort of direction towards pleasing Allah.

#2 The second way in which our preferences can bring our imaan down is when we push them onto others. We may prefer one food to another, one clothes brand to another, one imaam to another, one kind of routine for our kids to another… Our habits are all so diverse. For us to push something that is not clearly directed from the Sunnah onto another person is not a show of good Akhlaaq (character). We can’t deny anyone the right to be their own person even if their preferences seem ridiculous in our eyes. Allah says in Surah Al Hujurat: “Oh you who believe! Let not any nation laugh at another nation: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former).” An example of this maybe found in our interactions with others. We all want to help those suffering around the world but it is possible for us to do so in different ways. Some people may hold charity events, some people may boycott a certain zionist brand, some people may donate money and some people may simply make dua or change their lives for the better. It is not up to us to judge how much or how little people are doing for a cause, as we don’t actually know what they are doing behind closed doors or their hearts intentions. Opinions differ and all the above actions hold goodness. But it all comes down to whatever people prefer. Preference is a privilege. We can give advice to others but then we have to respect their decisions.

The Prophet SAW said “I have been not sent to curse people but a mercy to all mankind” . (Muslim)

If the most perfect of creation never cursed someone, despite outrageous lifestyles of some the people of his time, then what right do we have to look down on others who have different preferences to ourselves. Mercy and compassion is the key inshaAllah.

Allah make us of the merciful and kind so we can learn to live in harmony with others. Allah guide us to become better Muslims who respect the decisions and lives of others. Ameen

🌼 Happy 25 Ramadhan 🌼

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Nine

Foodie Lesson 9 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Today is the last of the first ten days of Ramadhan. These ten days were the ten days of Mercy and so I would like to talk about the mercy of Allah.

What is Mercy?
The dictionary definition of Mercy is ‘compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.’

We hear again again that Allah is Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem; the Lord of Mercy and the Giver of Mercy. So how far does the mercy of Allah extend?

The Prophet SAW said “Allah has one hundred parts of mercy, of which He sent down one between the jinn, mankind, the animals and the insects, by means of which they are compassionate and merciful to one another, and by means of which wild animals are kind to their offspring. And Allah has kept back ninety-nine parts of mercy with which to be merciful to His slaves of the Day of Resurrection. (Muslim).

Think of a situation where you would be most compassionate- when it comes to your mother, or your spouse, or your child. If ever they were about to be harmed would we not do anything we could to protect them. That is a show of the 1% of Mercy Allah has sent down to Earth. To think Allah is 99% MORE caring, kind and concerned, shows how merciful He the Almighty really is.

It is through His mercy we have been given the Quraan and Sunnah (The Prophet SAW is often called a Mercy to Mankind), as a guidance, so to make our lives purposeful. Without this blessing we wouldn’t be able to follow Islam as easily and enter Jannat in the next life. Allah has also sent Mercy through abundance of food and drink. Scientists say that this world can provide enough food to feed nearly three times the amount of people currently living on Earth. Therefore whether we commit our lives to obeying His command or not, Allah has provided enough food and drink for us all to live. Imagine a king or government who would grant a rebel of the system with the luxury of a home, food and drink, the ability to move freely etc. Allah’s mercy is so beautiful that even the one who disobeys Him extremely, He still blesses that person’s life in one way or another.

But we must not abuse His mercy. That is where the people of the past have failed and so were punished by Allah. The disbelieveing people of Nuh AS were called to believe in Allah for 950 years. And it was only then did Allah send His punishment upon them after many warnings by Nuh AS.

That is why it is important for us to have a balance; a sincere hope and wish for Allah’s Mercy as well as a fear of punishment whether it is in this world; on a large scale such as that of a flood or specific such as lessening of barakah in our finances or the next. Allah has the ability and right to punish us for the bad we commit and we should remember that and ask for His mercy.

The Prophet said, ever so beautifully: “No one’s deeds will ever admit him to Paradise.” They (companions) said, “Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “No, not even me, unless Allah showers me with His Mercy. So try to be near to perfection. And no one should wish for death; he is either doing good so he will do more of that, or he is doing wrong so he may repent.” (Bukhari)

“… and my Mercy embraces all things. ” (Surah A’raf)

May Allah shower His mercy upon us and protect us from any punishment or harm. May Allah give us the understanding of what it means that He is Al Jabbar AND ArRahman. Ameen

🌼 Happy 10th Ramadhan 🌼

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Eight

Foodie Lesson 8 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Today’s lesson will be about wudhu. We all know what wudhu is; it is the action of cleansing before we read Salaah, the Quraan, Tawaaf etc. Before we commit to these special worships Allah asks of us to do wudhu. But have we ever thought about wudhu being a worship in itself? It’s a three-minute worship that has such blessing and bounties which I wish to share with you all today.

The Prophet SAW said “when a Muslim makes wudhu the sins he has committed come away from his hearing and from his sight and from his hand and from his feet, so when he sits he sits down having been forgiven.”

Wudhu doesn’t have to be done only when needed but to do wudhu after doing something wrong  or simply when we brush our teeth in the morning or after visiting the toilet can be a way of forgiveness for us.

Some of the virtues of wudhu are:

#1 The body parts washed in wudhu will be shining on the day of judgement. And because they will be shining the Prophet SAW will recognise us as part of his ummah. Also some scholars say the limbs you wash do tasbeeh on your behalf.

#2 A person who sleeps in the state of wudhu angels make dua for him; “Oh Allah forgive your servant for indeed he has retired to bed in the state of wudhu.”

#3 Wudhu has the ability to kill anger. Psychologically it lowers the temperature of the body and so calms a person down.

#4 If a person is in the same of wudhu and the angel of death comes then he will be rewarded for dying in the path of Allah.

#5 At the time of death the pain will be less severe.

#6 Allah safeguards a person as long as he/she in in the state of wudhu

There are many more benefits as well as scientific proof of the disease-preventing benefits of wudhu. Imaam Ghazali mentions that wudhu is light upon light. So next time we rush to do wudhu, we should take our time and do it properly because it’s such a blessed worship.

Allah give us the ability to become one of those He loves who is always in the state of wudhu and to pass away in the state of wudhu. Ameen

🌼 Happy 9th Ramadhan 🌼

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Six

Foodie Lesson 6 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

My apologies for the delay. Today has been a busy day for me.

Anyway Jumuah Mubarak. It is the first Friday of blessed Ramadhan and so today’s lesson will be about dua.

The Prophet SAW said “Dua is the most powerful weapon of the believer.” (Tirmidhi) You may have heard about the devastating attacks taking place on our Muslim brothers and sisters in Gaza and Syria. We often feel helpless as no amount of money can stop innocent lives being shed. But alhamdullillah Allah had granted us the gift of dua. Dua is our weapon; our way of invoking the mercy of Allah. He is the Controller and the Master of all. The only one who can truly help us and the rest of the ummah when in need.

There are a lot of times when dua is more likely to be accepted. But I would like to tell you about three:

#1 Allah’s Messenger (SAW) talked about the dragon Jumuah: ‘There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering prayer and asks something from Allah then Allah will definitely meet his demand.’ (Bukhari) This time is said by some scholars to be the last hour or so before Maghrib salaah on Friday. Don’t miss out TODAY!

#2 Suhoor/sehri time. When the rest of the world is sleeping Allah gives his believers an opportunity to invoke Allah for whatever they need. The Prophet (SAW) said: ‘There is at night an hour, no Muslim happens to be asking Allah any matter of this world or the Hereafter, except that he will be given it, and this occurs every night.’ (Muslim). So after Taraweeh and when eating Suhoor today make dua!! Let’s see if we can catch this hour at least in Ramadhan.

#3 The parent’s supplication for their child. The Messenger of Allah SAW said; Three supplications will not be rejected: the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveller. (Tirmidhi). Note in this hadith that Allah has also mentioned a fasting person!

Some ettiquettes of making dua is to be sincere, humbling oneself, be in a state of cleanliness ect… However dua can be made anywhere and everywhere. If we want something we shouldn’t hesitate to ask. Allah is All Giving. No request is beyond His power. So even if sounds ridiculous or far fetched (like Jannatul Firdaus itself) ask Allah to give it to you if it is what is best for you.

Allah accept all our duas and make us of those who are sincere in our dua.

🌼 Happy 6th Ramadhan 🌼

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Five

Foodie Lesson 5 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Good Morning Foodies

Can’t believe 20% of Ramdhan is passing us by with the end of today… The month is just flying by!!

We will start today’s lesson with a hadith. The Prophet SAW said: “When the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all of his body parts humble themselves in front of the tongue and say, ‘Fear Allah with regards to our rights! Our well-being depends on you. If you remain upright, so shall we. If you become crooked, so shall we.” (Tirmidhi)

This is the status of our tongues. It is the one organ that can make or break us. And as a result will leave our hearts metaphorically upright or crooked. We all know the common nasty sins we can do with our tongue; lying, backbiting, swearing etc. But controlling the tongue is even more delicate than this. We can often hurt people without it being as obvious to us; simply by not putting ourselves in the shoes of the person opposite, the one dealing with the products of our tongue.

I don’t want to be listing all the bad stuff I do with my tongue such as being rude or correcting people in front of others… The list will go on and on and nothing will be learnt or rectified from it.

Today I wish to share three advices I try to follow so to help us all achieve tongues of greatness.

#1 Think before you speak. Yeah, we’ve all heard that before but how many of us actually tried it? Take a moment before you speak and think about the consequences of your speech. My mum always says ‘if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’;
The biggest platforms for ‘tongue whiplash’ are social media so it’s so important for us to think before we tap tap tap!

#2 Keep good company. You may have a friend or family member who can’t stop the backbiting. Stay away! And you might have a few friends who always encourage you to do good. Stick with them! This works for social media too especially WhatsApp! What we say on WhatsApp might be projected with our fingers but it reaches the tongue first. Groups made to talk about others, the best is to leave them. We’re here to please Allah, nobody else.

#3 This takes me to the final advice. We’re human and we make mistakes. Intend and try your hardest to always speak only what makes Allah happy. Yes, we do have our lapses. Apologise to the person whether we are right or wrong and move on. And just like we know we can’t alway control our tongue like we should, forgive others who may have harmed you with their tongue. Don’t bring it up again. Rise above it all and live to be better.

Allah says in Surah Baqarah “and speak nicely to people.”  and in Surah I’raf “show forgiveness.”

Oh Allah, forgive any wrecklessness of our tongue in the past. Make us of those who speak nicely and forgive others to make you happy. Ameen

🌼 Happy 5th Ramadhan 🌼

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Four

Foodie Lesson 4 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Good Morning Foodies

Today’s lesson is going to be short and sweet inshaAllah.

Allah says in Surah Ra’d “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”. This tells us that to find happiness is only through Allah. If you feel sad remember Allah and if you feel happy remember Allah.

This can be done through dhikr and murakabah. Dhikr is to mention Allah with your tongue such as repeatedly saying Allah or SubhanAllah.

Murakabah is to stop your life. Be at a standstill, sit down and think about Allah, His names, His creations and the blessings He has given to us. It’s surprising how beautiful life looks after Murakabah, when you realise Allah’s presence is everywhere.

There was once a scholar who broke his tasbeeh when asked the reason to why he did that, he said ‘why should I count the times I remember my Lord when I can’t even begin to count His blessings upon me.’

This is not to say you can’t use a tasbeeh to achieve a certain goal of dhikr in the day such a 100 durood shareefs. But sometimes it’s more beautiful to do dhikr as part of our daily life. When we go up the stairs say Allah Hu Akbar and when we come down to say SubhanAllah. When we walk to the shop or bus stop or work… Alhamdullillah alhamdullillah alhamdullillah. It’s something we can also teach our children also inshaAllah.

Finally I will leave you with this beautiful quote from the Quraan. We often feel like we have more problems then good in our lives. Or we might even just be feeling the tiredness that comes with the fasting day. Just remember… “Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship”.  (Surah Baqarah)

Smile! We are Muslims! Alhamdullillah.

May Allah keep us happy always through His remembrance and love of His religion. Ameen

🌼 Happy 4th Ramadhan 🌼

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Three

Foodie Lesson 3 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Good Morning Foodies

Anybody remember the nasheed from the jalsa days when we were just small in madrasa… A group of first class kids singing…  Welcome Oh Ramaaaadhaaaaaaaaaan! You are month of the Quraaaaaaaaaaan!  

Well, today’s lesson is about the Quraan. The only book on this earth which remains unchanged in its original form; memorised by millions of people; recited around the world by someone somewhere every second of the day! It is the word of Allah the Magnificient Himself SubhanAllah!

Ever thought it’d be amazing to own a first edition of a classic? Well you do!  It is the most beautiful and perfect literary text of all time- studied and recited by Arabic and non-Arabic speaking,  Muslim and non-Muslims alike from the time it was revealed 1400 years to the last day.

Allah talks about the Quraan in Surah Luqman “A guidance and mercy onto the righteous ones”.

Firstly as it is the month in which the Quraan was sent down, as well as the month in which Angel Jibraeel would come down to revise the Quraan with the Prophet SAW, it is important to recite as much of the Quraan as we can. Set a realistic goal for yourself for Ramadhan and try to break it down into how much you need to do each day; bearing in mind menstruating periods for women. Remember psychologically the human mind cannot concentrate without losing interest and enjoyment for more than half an hour. So don’t sit to read for lengthy times only to gain a headache and a dry mouth of you are anything like me. I tried to sit when my energy levels are high and in short bursts. This will inshaAllah enable us to recite with love that will then have a positive effect on our hearts.

On a side note: I’d like to mention tajweed. Tajweed is the correct pronunciation of the Arabic letters and the correct combined reading of the letters of the Quraan. It is as important as learning how to read salaah or how to do Hajj. It’s a struggle to correct the Quraan we’ve learnt and read for so many years but those who struggle when reading the Quraan are rewarded double than the ones who can read fluently and with ease. Allah loves those who try their best.

Secondly the Quraan to be rewarded as ‘recitation’  must be read in the original form of Arabic. However if you came across a recipe from a different culture with ingredients you’ve never heard of, without delay you’d ‘google’ it! You’d find out the translation of the ingredients in English and maybe a bit more about it too. The same should be the case with the Quraan. We may not understand Arabic as a language but this Ramadhan try getting hold of a English copy (see links at the end) and maybe reading the English translation of the parts of the Quraan you read everyday. This is to build a relationship with  the Quraan inshaAllah. And don’t think it is not rewarded… Spending time learning about Islam is also rewarded 

Thirdly the Quraan is a miracle. A living, breathing, conscious miracle. We don’t see miracles everyday but we all own one! Nobody can ever produce anything that come close to the literary miracle I is. It can heal hearts, mend relationships and make life blissful. All we have to do is look further; buy books about the themes of stories in the Quraan, listen to this commentary/lectures about the Quraan on YouTube (see links) and attend local classes (or request them if you have to)! Allah has gifted us the Quraan and I know we sometimes feel it is alien to us and we can’t relate to it but it is in fact our key to finding our Maker. It’s amazing how you can read an ayaah sometimes and think Allah is talking directly to you about your life.

“And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe… ” Surah Isra

I am truly in need of this advice more than any of you are.  

Oh Allah please give us the opportunity to recite the Quraan more, to learn about this miracle of it and bring it in to our lives when this blessed month is over. You gifted us with this book so please help us to make the first step and unwrap it to see it’s beauty.  Ameen

🌼 Happy 3rd Ramadhan 🌼

LINKS

The Quraan by Abdul Haleem (pdf)
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=piyaU_LkA4jdOe33gfAM&url=http://islam24hours.yolasite.com/resources/Quran-Abdel-Haleem-Translation.pdf&cd=2&ved=0CDEQFjAB&usg=AFQjCNEtdFE9z7ydHfqvRyzNSJTr9XC-sA&sig2=Az50edaVs1_lbocTHirgZg

A Online Quraan Guide
http://corpus.quran.com

Great Quraan YouTuber
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=DY2yU8TBD8WR7Aa70oHABA&url=http://www.youtube.com/user/Nakcollection&cd=5&ved=0CCsQFjAE&usg=AFQjCNFSF6pfhWRFdVTyJptNQ_6XB9boHQ&sig2=6vTRqXGlZnDYiAJmE014ug

Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Two

Foodie Lesson 2 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Good Morning Foodies

I pray you all had a wonderful first fast. I pray you were successful in trying to fast with our hearts as well as our stomachs inshaAllah. 

Today I will talk about one of the most prestigious acts aside from fasting itself in Ramadhan.  It is to be charitable.

When we think of charity we often think of money. It is true that most types of charity are money-orientated such as the obligatory Zakaat.

Then there is Sadaqah which is optional. Sadaqah is of many forms and varieties. It is to be charitable in all sorts of ways; it could be to give money to those suffering in countries abroad, to give money to aid the building of a new masjid, to give money to a local Islamic youth programme… The list goes on. Nowadays with access to sites like ‘justgiving’ it is easy to donate to the so many humanitarian and Islamic dawah causes.

And the great thing about it is that in the month of Ramadhan the reward of these actions are doubled!!

Abu Hurairah RA reported Allah’s Messenger SAW saying “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth.” (Muslim)

This means that although it may look like our wealth in digits has decreased by giving sadaqah Allah increases the barakah (blessings) of the money that remains in your possession so it stretches further than you can imagine.
May Allah swt give us the opportunity to be charitable with the little or a lot of money we may have. Ameen

BUT… Charity is not just to do with wealth. We find the fasts are long this Ramadhan which means a lot of time to do good. So how about being charitable with our time?

The Prophet SAW said: “To smile in the company of your brother is charity.  To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity.  To guide a person in a place where he can get astray is charity.  To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity.  To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity.  To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.” (Bukhari)

We can see from this beloved saying that charity can be a lot more than to do with money. Charity can be simply to show affection to your loved ones or even strangers by smiling :mrgreen:!

So this Ramadhan, maybe even today… See if you can as foodies maybe make a meal for your neighbour or local homeless shelter, maybe organise a street clean or volunteer at your local old peoples home or even offer to spring clean to your local masjid or organise a Ramadhan-themed play date for some of your children’s friends… Let’s try and be creative in our good deeds as Ramadhan is not just about creating goodness within ourselves but showing and giving goodness to others. And besides that, Muslim or non-Muslim everyone knows it feels good to help others.

Allah says in Surah Baqarah:
“Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and do not follow up their spending by stressing their benevolence and causing hurt, will find their reward secure with their Lord. They have no cause for fear and grief. To speak a kind word and to forgive people’s faults is better than charity followed by hurt. Allah is All-Sufficient, All-Forbearing. ”

May Allah make us of those who are charitable with our wealth and our time so that we can be of those who He loves. Ameen

🌼 Happy 2nd Ramadhan 🌼