You’re not alone..

It’s been days since I had a mental block – you know that feeling when you feel not being able to process your minds or thoughts into words. And each time I sat to wrote, I was blank. Even now when I’m typing, I don’t know what will come out.. but the only thing I know and I want is .. to be able to strike and pen down words that might benefit someone, thoughts that might bring positivity into someone’s life, chanel someone towards the right path or perhaps bring ray of hope to a dull heart. .

What could be best than talking to mothers who are struggling to achive what they thought they might from this ramadan. .

So mummies who wake up early for sahoor to make sure everyone’s meal is cooked on time and you ate too despite a baby clinged to you- you’re not alone.

Mummies who plan beautiful ibadat in mind and heart but each night fall on bed tired and disheartened- you’re not alone- indeen Allah knows your heart and niyat.

Mummies who struggle praying namaz with kids jumping and screaming on them, pulling off your scarf and arms and legs- you’re not alone. Allah is ghafoor indeed.

Mummies who spend their days dropping and picking up kids from school in this heat and handling chores on the wheel round the clock, you’re not alone.

Mummies who clean up the entire mess after iftar despite being super tired, You’re not alone.

Mummies who dearly miss going to masjid for taraweh and qiyam as their kids are small and might trouble them – you’re not alone. .

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Allah is the knower of all, the one who sees and knows what’s in your heart. Never get sad on not being able to do the best of your ibadat- this is a form of ibadat too- the best one. .

As we’re entering the most beautiful last ashra of ramadan, gear up once again to make the most of it. There’s still time and lots of blessings to be plucked and gathered from this beautiful garden of Ramadan❤️

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You’re not alone— this time in Ramadan…. . . It’s been days since I had a mental block – you know that feeling when you feel not being able to process your mind or thoughts into words. And each time I sat to wrote, I was blank. Even now when I’m typing, I don’t know what will come out.. but the only thing I know and I want is .. to be able to strike and pen down words that might benefit someone, thoughts that might bring positivity into someone’s life, chanel someone towards the right path or perhaps bring ray of hope to a dull heart. . What could be best than talking to mothers who are struggling to achive what they thought they might from this ramadan. . So mummies who wake up early for sahoor to make sure everyone’s meal is cooked on time and you ate too despite a baby clinged to you- you’re not alone. – Mummies who plan beautiful ibadat in mind and heart but each night fall on bed tired and disheartened- you’re not alone- indeen Allah knows your heart and niyat. – Mummies who struggle praying namaz with kids jumping and screaming on them, pulling off your scarf and arms and legs- you’re not alone. Allah is ghafoor indeed. – Mummies who spend their days dropping and picking up kids from school in this heat and handling chores on the wheel round the clock, you’re not alone. – Mummies who clean up the entire mess after iftar despite being super tired, You’re not alone. – Mummies who dearly miss going to masjid for taraweh and qiyam as their kids are small and might trouble them – you’re not alone. . . Allah is the knower of all, the one who sees and knows what’s in your heart. Never get sad on not being able to do the best of your ibadat- this is a form of ibadat too- the best one. . As we’re entering the most beautiful last ashra of ramadan, gear up once again to make the most of it. There’s still time and lots of blessings to be plucked and gathered from this beautiful garden of Ramadan❤️ . . #ramadan #motherhood #muslimah #parenting #blessings #islam #muslimkids #candidchildhood .

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Chapter 1 : ‘Let’s learn together’ – – 3 hours in Ramadan

Starting today , I will be doing a mini series of small messages that we can can benefit from on my blog this Ramadan.

Please note- These will have some useful things I am reading and learning from various places too. I will be mentioning the correct sources inshAllah. I hope you find them useful and Please remember me and my family in duas 🙂

***Three hours not to be missed during Ramadan***

There are three hours each day in Ramadan not to be missed at all costs.

➡First Hour — Hour before breaking your fast

Prepare your meal early and dedicate this time for dua because the supplication of a fasting person before he breaks his fast is never rejected. Pray for yourself, your loved ones and the whole Ummah. And don’t forget our brothers and sisters being oppressed around the world and those who have passed away among the Muslims as they need your dua.

➡Second Hour — Hour in the last third of the night

This next hour is around the last third of the night. Dedicate this time with plenty of dua and seeking forgiveness as it’s a time when Allah SWT descends to the lowest heaven calls out: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”

➡Third Hour — The Hour after the Fajr prayer until sunrise

The last hour should be spent after the Fajr until sunrise with lots of dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and reading Quran.

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation then sits remembering Allaah until the sun rises, then prays two rak’ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and ‘Umrah.” He said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “In full, in full, in full.”

This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Gymtastic Time at My Gym

What an experience Nayel and Mummy had last week at My Gym! It’s a children fitness centre that has programs to facilitate kids from 3 month old to about 13 years old.

I wanted to have a structured physical activity for Nayel and Kidzapp helped me choose ‘My Gym’ for him. We booked a day session and walked in about 10 am. A clean place with different rooms for activities. Currently they’re running their Spring and Easter camps offering Arts n crafts, My Gym fitness, dance classes, Zumba, yoga , cooking and many more.

I wanted to experience their classic- Gyming Time – hence we headed into their gym studio.

A huge indoor room with different sections- a coloured ball pit, soft flooring, slides, swings, trampoline and different bars around along with an extra empty space where they host classes.

As a parent, you must be thinking – why My Gym?

That because children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem in their everyday activities.

Nayel went crazy in their balls pit- jumping and playing with other kids. Next he spotted the slide- where at-least 10 times in a go- he went up and down! 😂- I just stood there watching him.

Soon the session began and I was so happy to see parents involved with their little ones! My Gym runs different activities each week and in one session around 4-5 new activities to keep kids involved and enthusiastic!

Our carefully constructed programs are constantly analyzed and adjusted according to up-to-the-minute advances in medical and psychological research. My Gym’s main objectives are to ensure that program ingredients are safe, age-appropriate and optimal for building self-esteem- My Gym

These are their different classes- My Gym offers Parent Participation classes and Independent classes too:

You can find all about it on:

www.mygymuae.com

We experienced their Gymster class where it was all about working on fine and gross motor ability and coordination via jumping , running, swinging, balancing and focusing !

Nayel enjoyed their swings the most! They had a plank to help kids balance and cross it! What a fun one!

After all the physical focusing activities- to calm kids down, they had a red circle play time where kids got toys and puzzles to play with and interact with other kids while parents stood outside the circle. This was to develop their social skills and independence.

The last part of the session had a puppet reading time.

What a rollercoaster experience for Nayel! He came home and slept for hours- tired and happy! ❤️

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Please check their website on the list of prices and class schedules.

www.mygymuae.com

My verdict- super fun and challenging for kids ! It’s good to take out their underutilized energy in a fun way! I’d recommend parents to experience this with their kids!

Also download Kidzapp to keep you updated with upcoming camps and activities with MyGym!

Sneak Peak into Xpark Junior!

Slides, swings, pets and water fun- you name it and you’ll find it all at a super cute new place in Dubai called Xpark Junior . It’s located just off the Kite Beach Dubai and is a lovely new place for little ones.

Making the most of the last few cool days here in Dubai before it gets terribly hot, I wanted to take Nayel for outdoor play, so I grabbed my phone and instantly opened kidzapp. That’s how I found Xpark Jr and got super excited! Come let me take you through Xpark Junior via a quick tour!

•What is Xpark Jr?

It’s the latest adventure spot for children aged 1-12 along with their parents / guardians. A natural playscape park with activities.

How is X park Jr different from any other park?

It’s a unique one. From running to climbing, from jumping to swinging, from petting to splashing- and much much more. It’s a park having thick green trees that envelop the entire area, water channels flowing on the sides, wooden bridges and ropes to get adventurous with slides and swings to add more to it! Rocks, sandpits , tree houses and wooden dens making it all look like a jungle theme or safari kind perhaps! ❤️

Some of the main highlights

1. A cute small petting zoo with bunnies, parrots, tortoise and chickens! ( a pony and some more birds to arrive soon!)

2. Splash pads– these were Nayel’s favorite of all , ofcourse after those rabbits! Running water and a small water fall along with lots of toys scattered around for kids to get wet in and play. Perfect for hot summer days!

How much does the ticket cost?

XPark Junior is open every day from 8am to 6pm, and admission costs Dh45 for a child and one adult for two hours of free play. Opening hours will change during summer months; visit ww.xparkjr.com

The way the park has been designed allows children to let their imaginations run riot, to gradually build their confidence levels and take what its owners describe as “healthy risks”. kevin Hackett

Other than all the play and adventure, X park offers art and crafts in a lovely indoor place with high ceilings and fans giving it a natural look. Nayel was so busy in running and enjoying the water fun that he couldn’t get time for that!

There is also a nice cafe kind of area where you can grab a snack or a juice to relax while kids enjoy outside.

Moreover- Nice and clean toilets for boys and girls separately to change and freshen up!

Things I’d recommend:

1- Pack an extra pair of clothes/ swimwear , towel and a sunscreen as hot days stand strong ahead!

2- Carry your flip flops and dress light to be able to enjoy with your kiddos.

3- Charge your phone for lovely pictures around!

4- Go around 4 pm or after when it’s not very sunny to make the most of it.

5. Be with your child ‘ALL’ the time- the park requires adult supervision as places have sharp ends, water area with slippery rocks and climbing around alone by kids is hard. It’s a lovely adventurous park to be explored together !

Nayel and I had a lovely time at X park Junior. It’s definitely the new kind of ‘safe play’ for little ones. It’s a special place- all and all about messy carefree fun! What are you waiting for , head to X park junior before it gets way too hot! And don’t forget to give our big ‘Hi’ to Mr bunny!

Fridays are back

I stopped writing my usual Friday Blog a while ago and I had so many people asking me to start it again. Super happy to see how many of you guys enjoyed my Friday series- hence *drum rolls* they’re back!

Starting with some updates from Mother’s day- Nayel and I enjoyed lovely breakfast at Sophie’s cafe hosted by Real mums Dubai- I specially bought a new dress from ‘Pink woman’ to wear 😛

Next was my Birthday and our wedding anniversary- and we spent a entire day at home cleaning and relaxing. Being parents to a 2 year old- we kept trying for him to sleep or be in a good mood, but sadly nothing helped. So we ended by eating a regular persian kabab and rice in Dubai mall as Nayel loves that🤣

– but something good- I got an Apple watch! *showing off* – say MashAllah atleast 3 Times 😛😛

Friday’s were usual – trip to dada abu house in Sharjah. Relaxed and completed my pending blog posts – also attended a family friend’s baby shower while daddy took care of Nayel.

New House settling is still going on and slow, lots to do! Please write and let me know what would you like to read more from our side.

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