‘Id moubarak Ramadan 1440

May Allah accept our fasting, our prayers, our apologies and good intentions.

May He grant us mercy, peace and blessings, and may the light of this passed month enlighten our hearts throughout the year.

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Ramadan and some news of the campus vivant’e

The last days of Ramadan are here… spirituality can be felt everywhere, also during work at our campus, subhanallah.
We are approaching the end of the school year, many things need still to be done and this period is special and full of sentimentality and memories, because our first generation of pupils will leave us soon after nine years at the campus vivant’e, inchaallah.
I am happy to share with you here some pictures, new videos and links to see more of our work.

some insight in our work at the campus vivant’e:

more on facebook, our blog and on our youtube channel.

Are you looking for a good cause to give your Zakaat to?
Please donate to the campus vivant’e!
and help us to continue the important work of our holistic center of education and growth for the Berber people of Ait Bouguemez

write me or click here for more information on how to donate! 

Jazaak Allahu khairan!

Blessings of the early hours

The very earliest hours of the day carry a lot of blessings… subhanallah.

In Ramadan I can feel this more than any other time during the year.
We rise up long before the first light on the eastern horizon appears…
actually after only 4-5 hours of sleep, at about 03.00 a.m.,
to take our breakfast, the Suhoor, before we then pray Fajr and begin to fast until the evening.

Many people go after eating and praying back to sleep until the sun shines…
but it was recommended by the Prophet (sas) to stay awake after the morning prayer, to read Qur’an and to take benefit of the blessings of these early hours.

And this is so good and so true!
Yes, it needs some self-discipline, but if you manage to fight your inner little bastard (your weakness/lower nafs’/Schweinehund), to resist the lure of your warm bed and begin to read Qur’an until the golden morning light appears, God blesses you with a very clear and fresh mind, with deeper understanding of His words and with vitality throughout the whole day, inchaallah.

I’ve tested it now several times:
I went back to sleep at 4.00 a.m. because I thought I have to catch up some sleep to avoid sleep-deprivation, thinking that my body would need this, because I normally sleep more than 7 hours to feel well.
But everytime I went back to bed in the early morning, I dreamed strange things, I woke then up with a very uncomfortable heavy feeling, like being smashed, mashaallah. And I always felt tired, irritable and quickly exhausted during the whole day, in the need of lots of sleep and with very low energy.

On the contrary to when I stay up after Suhoor, I lways feel very quiet and full of joy and light, being able to read Qur’an with a clear mind until nearly sunrise, ahamdulillah.
Then I often go into our garden to enjoy the work in the fresh air, accompanied by the singing of the birds, subhanallah. Or I sit in my studio, doing some office-work – much more productive than later in the day.
And the surprising thing is that I do not feel tired or exhausted, even later in the day… I barely need a sleep in the afternoon and feel quickly refreshed after just a little power-nap.

To me, it really feels as if Allah acknowledges and rewards our worship and positive intention with a boost of energy and improved efficiency during this sacred month, subhanallah… despite the common scientific opinion on how much sleep we normally need, He gives us strength and endurance.
Try it out, you won’t regret…

as people say: “The early bird catches the worm” (Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund)

as Allah says in the Qur’an:

“So be patient over what they say and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting; and during periods of the night [exalt Him] and at the ends of the day, that you may be satisfied.” (20:130) 

“Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.” (17:78) 

great read on this: Khurram Murad “In the early hours”.

wishing you very peaceful and blessed last nights of this Ramadan!
salaam aleikoum.

Energy balls with dates

Dates are a blessed food, more than 20 times mentioned in the Qur’an, and were very recommended by prophet Mohammed (sas).
Especially for breasfeeding woman they are a great source of milk-producing energy.

Mixed together with some other wholesome incredients, they make a wonderful nutritious snack.

“From the fruits of date palms and grapes you take sweet juice and wholesome provisions. There truly is a sign in this for people who use their reason.” (16:67) 

Energy Balls

Mix together with your hands (at your choice and taste):

juicy dates,
different nuts (grounded),
oats,
flaxseed, fennel- and fenugreek-seeds (grounded),
raisins, other dried fruits,
spices as you like (cinnamon, vanilla, anis,…),
cocoa powder or dark chocolate (grounded),
optinal: honey or other sweetener (I don’t put it in, because the dried fruits and dates are already very sweet)

while mixing, add slowly coconutoil, melted butter or another oily liquid to get a dough that forms well into cherry-sized-balls.

store in the fridge.
yumm! bismillah.

 

More than just eating…

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In Ramadan, eating becomes something very special, since we do not eat from dawn to sunset.

And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of night]. Then complete the fast until the sunset. (2:187)

when the call to the evening prayer can be heard, it is just soooo good to finally fill an empty (starving) stomach after a whole day of fasting.
Our senses are much finer then, and it is incredible, how well tastes then the very first bite of a date, a fresh orange, a glass of water,… subhanallah.

But in Ramadan,  it’s not only the pleasure of taste and filling ourselves up that becomes a blessing, eating itself becomes a real act of worship, alhamdulillah.
We eat an drink then with much more conciousness and responsability, because we know, that the possibility to eat  is limited and that our bodies absolutely need certain things to feel well, to have a good energy-level throughout the day and not to feel overacidified, heavy or uncomfortable before going to pray or to sleep.

We get much more aware of the God-given duty we have to pay attention to our health and to our body as an entrusted good of which we are dependent. What agift, subhanallah!

O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship. (2:172) 

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I still breastfeed the baby during nights, so I have to make sure that I drink lots and eat enough milk-producing things like dates, oats, herbal teas, fenugreek, fennel, water.

And I make sure that the things we all eat on Iftar (breaking the fast meal in the evening) and at Suhoor (breakfast in the very early morning, long before sunrise) are healthy, nutritious, most natural, fresh and local as possible, inchaallah.

This year I try to concentrade again a bit more on sugar-free- , wholesome things and also on the Ayurveda-path Bismillah!

 

Striving for righteousness

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Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

(Quran 2:177)

Tune in for Ramadan

… half an hour before the kids wake up for breakfast…

planifying Ramadan,
how to detox, physically and spiritually…
making plans for Iftar and Suhoor meals, choosing relgious books to read (beside the Quran), getting ideas for the Ramadan calendar and how to beautify our home to welcome the blessed month, inchaallah.

I’ve upated our book list and now wish you all a very blessed month full of peace, faith, love and enlightment !
Ramadan moubarak said!