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  • Here Are 10 Best Family Road Trips In Malaysia

    Planning a family trip where everyone can enjoy themselves can be exciting but stressful as well. After Covid-19, it is expected that domestic travel will recover first. Why not use this time to plan for a road trip in Malaysia? Going on a road trip is a great way to bond and spend quality time with your family! Whether you are planning for a short weekend getaway or a vacation, Malaysia has so much to offer! Malaysia is ideal for family road trips as there are so many destinations that you can explore and enjoy with your family. Here are 10 best family road trips in Malaysia!  via GIPHYAlso Read: Here Is What Travel Will Look Like After Covid-19 1. Kota Tinggi to Desaru Image Credit: Kota Tinggi Waterfalls Resort It will take approximately 50 mins to drive down from Kota Tinggi to Desaru, hence making it an ideal short weekend getaway to enjoy with your family. Bring your family for a picnic and take a dip in the Kota Tinggi Waterfall. This spectacular view offers serenity, allowing us to relax and unwind. If you have more time to spare in Kota Tinggi, you can also visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park. Participate in outdoor studies with your family and get close to nature. This can be a fun yet enriching experience for the family! Image Credit: Desaru Fruit Farm More family-fun activities await you in Desaru. Drive down to Desaru Fruit Farm and learn how to grow various kinds of fruits. On top of that, you can even do a taste testing of the fruits you have picked. You can also bring the kids to feed the ostriches at the Desaru Ostrich Farm. My best pick will be the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages - adults and kids alike.    2. Port Dickson to Malacca Image Credit: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson This trip is another ideal short getaway that you can consider. Stay for a night in Port Dickson and the following day, you can drive down to Malacca in less than 1.5 hours. Port Dickson is the best place to relax and rewind. Book one of the water chalets available like Lexis Hibiscus and enjoy a night stay. Nothing can go wrong with spending quality with the family in a private pool. Image Credit: St. Paul's Church on Lonely Planet The following day, you can take a drive to Malacca. There are many historical sites that you can visit in Malacca, which is known for its rich history. Head down to A Famosa and walk up the small hill to reach St. Paul's Church. Image Credit: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum There are also plenty of museums around the area that you can visit too, like Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. If you happened to be in Klebang area, you must not miss the Klebang Original Coconut Shake! Nothing can beat teatime with some traditional Malay kuih (delicious!) and a cup of coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream (yummy!). 3. Kuala Lumpur to Penang Image Credit: Wayne Chew on Unsplash No matter how long you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur, there are always things to see and do. It has become mandatory to take a trip to PETRONAS tower whenever one is in Kuala Lumpur. There are various things to see and do around the area like exploring Aquaria KLCC, visiting the aquarium, or shop at Suria KLCC. After spending some time sightseeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur, continue your journey down the road for about 4 hours to reach a UNESCO heritage town, George Town in Penang. Image Credit: Dark Mansion More fun-filled activities await you in Penang. Visit Dark Mansion, a 3D trick art museum unlike the normal, because they glow in the dark! Your kids will definitely enjoy this, we promise!  Image Credit: Penang Hill on Facebook One of my best take in Penang will be Penang Hill. Ride up the funicular ride to enjoy breathtaking views, learn heritage and culture, and enjoy mother nature. Make sure to feast on their local delights like Char Kuay Teow and Assam Laksa. Penang houses some affordable cafes too so be sure to check that out with your family! 4. Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Image Credit: Old Town Ipoh on Lonely Planet  If you are looking for a lush greenery view on a trip, this road trip is made for you. The drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes about 2 hours. Firstly, wander down Old Town in Ipoh and discover the street arts and cute streets. You can also visit the city's gem such as Kellie's Castle and Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Once you're done exploring Ipoh's beautiful landmark and art, take a trip to Cameron Highlands. Image Credit: Strawberry Farms on visitmalaysia.info Meanwhile, at Cameron Highlands, you can bring your family out for some outdoor activities. Don't miss out on fun activities like strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, visiting the butterfly farm, and exploring the lavender garden. At the end of the day, spend some quality family time over steamboat in Cameron Highlands.  5. Johor Bahru to Mersing Image Credit: Legoland Malaysia on Facebook Our trip down to Johor Bahru will always be about the food or groceries on the usual days. How about a short getaway, let's say a 2-days 1-night trip with a detour to Mersing? In less than 2 hours drive, you can get to Mersing from Johor Bahru. Over at Johor Bahru, you can visit Legoland, a popular theme park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spend a day with your family here; enjoy the rides and attractions it has to offer.  Image Credit: Kishor on Unsplash After having some fun at Legoland, you can drive to Mersing. Mersing is all about the beautiful beaches and white sands. You can opt for snorkeling and island hopping in Mersing if your family is up for it. My best take in Mersing is to book a resort and enjoy a relaxing time at the beaches with your loved ones.  6. Sepang to Genting Highlands Image Credit: Sepang International Circuit  If you think that Sepang is only home to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you are wrong. There are some fun-filled activities that you can do with your family here. In less than a 2 hours drive, you can get to Genting Highlands and the fun continues. Sepang is known for its Formula One race circuit, but if you're not in Sepang to watch one, head down to Avani Gold Coast Resort. You may choose to stay a night here or visit the Extreme Park for some activities like Go-kart, archery, and ATV jungle trail. Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Next, take a 2-hour drive to Genting Highlands. Enjoy the rides and attractions at the outdoor theme park, which caters to both kids and adults. You might also want to check the indoor theme park and video game park. Hop on the Awana Skyway; you can enjoy the spectacular view from a distance together with your loved ones. 7. Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu Image Credit: The Sungai Pandan Waterfall on Hotel Grand Continental Kuantan For me, Kuantan is an underrated city. Not many tourists visit this beautiful destination. In less than a 3-hour drive from Kuantan, you can reach your destination, Kuala Terengganu. In Kuantan, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. In my opinion, Sungai Pandan Waterfall will be an ideal spot if you are on this road trip with young kids or the elderly. Make a trip to Kula Cakes to eat the local's favorite Mango Cheesecakes. This store should be in every cheesecake lovers' list as they serve other unique flavors as well. Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on Malaysia.travel After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on visitmalaysia.info Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. You can hike up Mount Melawati with your family and learn more about the history behind this notable hill. Also, make time to visit the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walk through the mangroves. You can spot various species of birds here too! You should also try the Cendol Bakar. The preparation of the gula Melaka in this cendol is different from those of the normal cendol out there. 9. Banting to Sekinchan Image Credit: Tadom Hill Resorts This trip is catered to you if you're bringing along pre-teen kids or older who are adventurous and love outdoor activities. It takes 2 hours to reach Sekinchan by car from Banting. First, enjoy various adrenaline attractions in Banting. Head down to Tadom Hill Resorts, where you can enjoy activities like ATV and water swings. If you want to try some paragliding, you can hike up Bukit Jugra. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the scenic view from the peak with your family. Next, take a 2-hour drive to Sekinchan. Expect to see the lush green field of paddy in Sekinchan as it is home to the Paddy Processing Factory. Don't forget to drop by any of the small businesses selling tropical fruits nearby. The juicy giant mangoes, soursops, and guavas can quench your thirst over the hot day (Yum!). 10. Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang Image Credit: Sosodikon Hill on Facebook Located in Sabah, both Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang offers you scenic locations with fresh mountain air. Just about a 2-hour drive, you can get from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang. You don't always have to hike up Mount Kinabalu when you're in Kota Kinabalu. If you still want to enjoy some mountain views but don't want to break a sweat, visit Sosodikon Hill. Don't forget to visit the Asquare Kota Kinabalu, the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu. You will be spoilt for choices with over 60 varieties of food to choose from different street vendors. Image Credit: Desa Dairy Farm on Facebook Next, take a 2-hour drive to Kundasang. You can visit Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang with the kids and feed the calves and goats while enjoying some freshly made gelato. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this activity! Also Read: 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip There you have it, the 10 best family road trips in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your next road trip to Malaysia now! via GIPHY     ...

  • How Uzbekistan is celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr this year (2020)

    Ramadan and Eid experience is unique this year. Each country is celebrating in different ways. Uzbekistan is one such country where the Ulema Council has given recommendations on how to celebrate Eid this year. Uzbekistan has a population of 34 million with 88% being Muslims.  Acknowledging the current pandemic situation which does not allow Eid al-Fitr prayer to be performed in congregation, the Council of Ulema of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan have the following recommendations for the celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Uzbekistan:   Pray at Home Taking into account the temporary suspension of public prayers in mosques during the epidemic period, on the basis of the fatwa of the Council of Ulema of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan, the performance of Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr) prayers is also exempt from the obligation of Muslims. The brothers and sisters are advised to perform four rakahs of nafl prayer in their homes after the sun rises on the day of Eid.   Talks by Scholars on TV and Social Media The scholars, imams and preachers, in spite of today’s temporary difficulties, have said that the Eid al-Fitr, brings joy to the homes, hearts, blessings to the country and increases the love for each other. The media, television and radio channels are requested to carry out large-scale advocacy work in press and mass media. Conveys the Eid al-Fitr greetings of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan on May 24, 2020 to the people of Uzbekistan. Have televised interviews by scholars about the virtues of Eid al-Fitr. On the eve of Eid al-Fitr, depending on the Media Plan, the programs planned to be broadcast on all TV channels to be organized and covered by the Qadi,  chief imams of cities and regions and the authoritative religious scholars. The Qadi and the chief imam-khatibs of the cities and regions are recommended to organize "Happy Ramadan!" online lectures on the day of Eid al-Fitr through social networks.   Take Care of the Elderly and Sick On the eve of Eid and during holidays, it is recommended to visit and take care the elderly and the sick and to carry out the traditions of congratulating on Eid and other customs in keeping requirements of quarantine.   Nationwide Eid wishes campaigns To place in the centres of cities signages "Eid al-Fitr - a holiday of generosity", "Eid al-Fitr - a season of joy", "Eid al-Fitr - a great joy". To carry out a nationwide campaign themed "Generosity and Support" with the involvement of sponsors in order to support the needy on the eve of Eid al-Fitr. Their Prayers The Ulema Council makes Dua that our brothers and sisters, in this moment of Allah's mercy and blessings, that our hearts soften and our sincerity grows. May He protect the Uzbekistan people from disasters and calamities, and make the lives even more prosperous.   Ameen!...

  • How To Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr This Year In 2020: 12 Things To Note

    How to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this year? Here are 12 things to note for this year's Eid al-Fitr celebration in 2020. 1. When is Eid al-Fitr 2020 Image Credit: Rumman Amin on Unsplash Eid al Fitr is the 1st day of the month of Shawwal. The 10th month in the Islamic calendar (the month after Ramadan). Some regions will depend on the sighting of the moon to decide on the 1st of Shawwal and some will decide on it based on calculations.  For most regions, Eid al Fitr 2020 will be on the 24th of May. Some regions may celebrate Eid on the 23rd May or the 25th May. A very small number may even celebrate on the 26th May. It is best to check with your closest Mosque to find out about the day of Eid. 2. Pay Sadaqa-ul-Fitr Image Credit: Bayu on Unsplash Ensure you have paid Sadaqat-ul-fitr for you and all your dependents before the Eid Salat. Check with the local Mosque on the amount to be paid per person. Amounts recommended in some countries: Singapore: S$5.10 (normal rate) and S$7.50 (higher rate) per head Malaysia: RM7 UK: £4 per person. Narrated Nafi (RA): “Ibn `Umar (RA) said, "The Prophet (SAW) made incumbent on every male or female, free man or slave, the payment of one Sa' of dates or barley as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (or said Sadaqa-Ramadan)."  The people then substituted half Sa' of wheat for that. Ibn `Umar (RA) used to give dates (as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr). Once there was scarcity of dates in Medina and Ibn `Umar gave barley.  'And Ibn `Umar used to give Sadaqat-ul- Fitr for every young and old person. He even used to give on behalf of my children. Ibn `Umar used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr to those who had been officially appointed for its collection. People used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (even) a day or two before the Eid. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) Narrated Ibn `Umar (RA): The Prophet (SAW) ordered the people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before going to the Eid prayer. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) It was narrated that Ibn Abbas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) enjoined Zakatul-Fitr as a purification for the fasting person from idle talk and obscenities, and to feed the poor. Whoever pays it before the (Eid) prayer, it is an accepted Zakah, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is (ordinary) charity.  (Sunan Ibn Majah) 3. Reciting the Takbir Image Credit: Falaq Lazuardi on Unsplash Recite Takbir individually and with family from Maghrib time of the day before Eid day until before the Eid Salat. اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد 4. Praying Voluntary Prayers during the Night of Eid Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash Narrated from Abu Umamah (RA): That the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever spends the nights of the two ‘Eid in praying voluntary prayers, seeking reward from Allah, his heart will not die on the Day when hearts will die.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)   5. Wake up for Fajr Image Credit: Arun Anoop on Unsplash حَافِظُوا عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْوُسْطَىٰ وَقُومُوا لِلَّهِ قَانِتِينَ Guard your Salah (obligatory regular prayers) especially the middle Salah and stand up with true devotion to Allah (Qur’an 2:238) Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "The first of man's deeds for which he will be called to account on the Day of Resurrection will be Salat. If it is found to be perfect, he will be safe and successful; but if it is incomplete, he will be unfortunate and a loser. If any shortcoming is found in the obligatory Salat, the Glorious and Exalted Rubb will command to see whether His slave has offered any voluntary Salat so that the obligatory Salat may be made up by it. Then the rest of his actions will be treated in the same manner." (Sunan-at-Tirmidhi) 6. Take a Shower 7. Wear your Best Garments 8. Put on Perfume It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘This day is an ‘Eid (festival) which Allah has ordained for the Muslims. Whoever comes to Friday (prayer), let him take a bath and if he has perfume then let him put some on. And upon you (I urge to use) is the tooth stick.” (Sunan Ibn Majah) 9. Eat Something before the Eid Prayers Photo by Mona Mok on Unsplash Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Messenger (SAW) never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of `Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet (SAW) used to eat odd number of dates. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) 10. Performing Eid Prayer at Home Image Credit: Jeremy Yap on Unsplash This year is different and most of us will be performing Eid prayers at home with family. How to perform Eid prayer at home: Appoint someone in the family to lead the prayers It was narrated from Abu Sa'eed (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said: "when there are three people let one of them lead the prayer, and the one who is most entitled to lead the prayer is the one who has most knowledge of the Qur'an." (Sunan an-Nasa'i) There is no Azan or Iqamah for Eid prayers Two Rakats prayer with a certain number of additional Takbeers in each Rakat The exact number of additional Takbeer may slightly vary depending on the Madhab you follow. This is the guidelines from Singapore Mufti's office: Recommended Surahs to be recited It was narrated from An-Nu'man bin Bashir that: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to recite on the two 'Eids and on Friday: ‏سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الأَعْلَى  (Glorify the Name of Your Lord, the Most High) and هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ‏ (Has there come to you the narration of The Overwhelming?) Sometimes the two ('Eid and Jumu'ah) occurred on the same day, and he would recite them (these two Surahs). (Sunan an-Nasa'i) Khutbah after prayers is not compulsory as in Friday prayers. Many Mosques are live streaming Khutbah that you could listen to. It was narrated that Abdullah bin Sa’ib (RA)said: “I attended the ‘Eid prayer with the Messenger of Allah (SAW). He led us in offering the ‘Eid prayer, then he said: ‘I have finished the prayer. Whoever wants to sit (and listen to) the sermon, then let him sit, and whoever wants to leave, then let him leave.’” (Sunan-Ibn Majah) 11. Giving Gifts Image Credit: Kari Shea on Unsplash Abu Hurayra (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, "Give gifts and you will love one another." (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) Aishah (RA) narrated: "The Prophet (SAW) would accept gifts and he would give something in return." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi)   12.  Call Up your Parents, Sibling, Uncles, Aunts…. Image Credit: Taylor Grote on Unsplash Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, "Allah created His creation, and when He had finished it, the womb, got up and caught hold of Allah whereupon Allah said, "What is the matter?' On that, it said, 'I seek refuge with you from those who sever the ties of Kith and kin.' On that Allah said, 'Will you be satisfied if I bestow My favors on him who keeps your ties, and withhold My favors from him who severs your ties?' On that it said, 'Yes, O my Lord!' Then Allah said, 'That is for you.' " Abu Huraira (RA) added: If you wish, you can recite: "Would you then if you were given the authority. do mischief in the land and sever your ties of kinship. (47. 22) (Sahih-al-Bukhari) Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA): I heard Allah's Messenger (SAW) saying, "whoever desires an expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with his Kith and kin." (Sahih-al-Bukhari)   May Allah accept your fasting and all the good deeds....

  • Eid 2020: 10 Ways To Make Eid Fun For Your Family

    Can you believe that this special occasion that we have been waiting for is just a couple of days away? Well, you should because Eid al-Fitr is just around the corner. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of fasting and Ramadan. In this moment of celebration, it is perfect to reconnect with the members of our extended family and more importantly to Allah SWT, with all His power and guidance. Surely, this Eid 1441 Hijri is more special. Alhamdulillah, we have gone through this Ramadan healthily. Most countries around the world still maintain the stay-home policy which means that Eid al-Fitr this year will be celebrated differently. Most people are encouraged to stay home and avoid large gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, in most places, there will be no house visits or going to the mosques for prayers. However, that doesn't mean we can't get into the festive mood this year. We can still make Eid fun and enjoyable for the family.  Here are 10 ways to make Eid celebration FUN for your family this year! via GIPHY  1. Bake or Cook with your Family Image Credit: Kari Shea on Unsplash Baking and cooking is the most fun way to get your family into doing an activity together. Besides, everyone loves a good meal. Furthermore, we can teach our children to cook or bake their own favorite dish so they will know more about the process. The process of making a dish could be a representation of the process in life, especially at this moment. While it could be messy, long or sometimes beautiful, at the end of the day, all of these efforts will be worthwhile. After all the work and waiting, we can finally enjoy the food. Cooking and baking with children can be fun and yet enriching as you could teach them the value of patience during the process.  Here is a better idea, why not make a competition out of it? Everyone loves a little bit of spice in a competition. It is believed that competition could also motivate us. Try baking some Kuih Raya or whip up some traditional Hari Raya dish at home! This could be a fun activity for the family especially for children.    2. Decorate your Home Together with your Family Image Credit: Curology on Unsplash Let's get into the festive mood and liven up the atmosphere by decorating our homes. You can definitely find and purchase decorations for Eid through online shopping. However, you can also make your own decorations by doing some research online and following tutorials on online platforms like YouTube. Some decoration examples are Ramadan paper banners, origami star and crescent moon, and door hangers. Awaken the artsy side of your family and be sure to make everyone at home participate in this lovely activity! 3. Play Games with Children Image Credit: Randy Fath on Unsplash What's more fun than playing games? Playing games is the best activity to do with your family, especially those who love competition. However, it may be difficult to choose the best games that are both fun and enriching for our children. It is also hard to keep them away from their mobile phones and tablets. Let us take this opportunity to bring back classic games that can enrich our children without the use of mobile phones or tablets. Here are several games ideas for Eid celebration at home: Islamic Quiz Pin the Minaret on the Mosque Ramadan Puzzle Pass the Parcel Treasure Hunt Who will be the ultimate winner? 4. Video Calls with Extended Family and Friends Image Credit: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash Getting in touch with our family is essential during this pandemic, especially on Eid al-Fitr. Practicing social distancing does not mean that we should cut off or avoid talking to our extended family members who are not living with us. Instead, we should always stay in touch with them and constantly keep a lookout for each other. These days, tightening bonds (silaturahim) between the family could be done just by having a simple video call. This has made the process of tightening bonds virtually between the family easier. You could ring each member of your family and have a group conversation with them through group video calls with ease.  There are also some possible activities worth trying while doing video calls with certain online applications, like playing games or streaming a movie together. 5. Donate to Charity Image Credit: Bayu on Unsplash Ramadan is not only the month of fasting and prayers but also a time to do zakat and sadaqah, as a hadith says, “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi) There are many types of charity in Islam, but the two most important are zakat and sadaqah. Zakat is the third Pillar of Islam and sadaqah is a sunnah charity. There are plenty of available mobile applications and platforms that provide online charity services. In addition, many orphanages can also receive zakat or sadaqah through fund transfers, so you no longer have to go out to perform charity. 6. Sharing the Significance of Eid with the Family Image Credit: Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash Sharing stories to our children about Islam, Ramadan and Eid history could be very meaningful and educational. Ramadan is a month of self-purification where we abstain ourselves from sins. We fast, refraining ourselves from unpleasant language, bad behavior, and other sinful actions. We also try to do good deeds like zakat, sadaqah, do more prayers, as well as finish reading the Holy Quran. We can share with our children about the benefits of fasting, zakat and sadaqah so that they will understand more about Ramadan and its meaning. As parents, we should also share the history of Islam and Eid. This is so that our children will have a better understanding of the significance of Eid al-Fitr and why we are celebrating it. 7. Make DIY Ramadan cards Image Credit: Vladimir Proskurovskiy on Unsplash Eid celebration could be fun with your children if you let out their creative sides. There's no denying that children love drawing, coloring, and creating things. Let their imaginations run by having a DIY Ramadan card making this Eid. Imagine all those glitters and colorful papers.  You could assign your children to makes as many cards as possible for each member of the family, from their siblings, parents to grandparents. Furthermore, you could also have it mailed or better still, upload it on social media and tag the recipient of the cards.  There are a lot of Ramadan card ideas available online as a reference for you and your family so do not worry!  8. Ramadan-Themed Performance Image Credit: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Getting your children to come up with a Ramadan performance could also be the best idea for Eid. Why? Firstly, you could record it and share it with your extended family or friends over social media. Second of all, your children could learn more about Ramadan, Eid, and Islam as they do more research to prepare for the performance.  Some of our Ramadan performance ideas for you include storytelling and singing Islamic songs. Note: You could ask your children to do this performance on their own or it could be done together as a family. Don't forget to record the performance on your phones or cameras!   9. Watch Ramadan or Islamic-themed movies Image Credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash It never hurts to spend time with our family during Eid by watching Islamic-themed movies. This could vary from animation to real figures. Watching movies could be fun, relaxing, and educational. Make sure to pick the best Ramadan movies that can be discussed once the movie is over. Some of the best Ramadan or Islamic-themed movies include the Stories of the Prophets available on Youtube, the White Balloon and Children of Heaven.  10. Recite the Holy Quran Together Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash Trying to khatam Al-Quran as a team could be a fun activity to do to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Reading Al-Quran is an ibadah and there are a lot of virtues, pahala, and benefits reciting it. It also calms our minds. الَّذينَ آمَنوا وَتَطمَئِنُّ قُلوبُهُم بِذِكرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلا بِذِكرِ اللَّهِ تَطمَئِنُّ القُلوبُ “Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah, hearts are assured” (Surah Ar-Ra’ad, 13:28)   Taking turns like a relay in reciting Al-Quran could be one of the best things to do as a team. Not only does this activity help us get closer to each of our family members, but it also teaches everyone in the family the value of teamwork. This activity could be a fun yet enriching experience for the whole family this Eid.   That is all for our list of fun activity ideas you can do at home during Eid al-Fitr amidst the Covid-19 situation. Now, a fun Eid celebration is more likely to be achieved. Yay! Take the liberty to adjust to these ideas. Have a wonderful Eid al-Fitr! via GIPHY...

  • Tips For Muslims Working From Home During Ramadan

    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in numerous individuals working from home due to lockdown and restrictions put into motion by their relevant nations. With Ramadan now ongoing, a lot of Muslims across the globe ponder on how to remain productive while juggling the work from home lifestyle and Ramadan. If one thing is for certain it is that that the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed how we work. While we all have begun working from home, a large number of us are still struggling to acclimate to this paradigm shift. Working from home implies more interruptions, fewer approaches to associate normally with fellow colleagues and loved ones, and increasingly social isolation. In any case, a large number of us have additionally gotten exceptionally inventive during our time at home in the course of recent weeks! From arts and crafts to baking, gardening, and much more, a considerable lot of us have acclimated to make a sound work-life balance in what we call the current status - a `new normal`. via GIPHY The current situation in what we are has a likelihood of being extending for a considerable length of time. The advantages of working from home during Ramadan are in bounty. You can make an adaptable timetable that suits your everyday exercises. You get the opportunity to pick where you might want to work from – be it from the solace of your bed or your dining table. You get to save up on the time you would ideally spend on your commute, giving you more additional time to indulge yourself in prayers and reflection. And to top it all of, you get to spend more time with your family! In all situations, along with the advantages, there are disadvantages too. The difficulties of teamwork and correspondence become obvious when colleagues are scattered across the nation in the confinements of their homes as opposed to how it would be when meeting at office premises. Due to working in isolation, you can encounter forlornness, unable to adhere to a boundary between your working timetable, your prayer plan, and your family time which could hinder your motivation. In advance, let your employer know as to when Ramadan is approaching and keep your employer and colleagues on the loop that you will be fasting. Many individuals respond to working from home in various manners. To those who have never had to work from home, it might appear to be a recently discovered opportunity to venture out and indulge in other productive activities at the same time. During this Ramadan, if you end up working from home, here are some valuable tips for you! These tips can help you to get used to working from home during Ramadan and ensure that you remain productive. via GIPHY 1. Keep Up a Schedule and Plan for the Day Image Credit: Jess Bailey on Unsplash It is essential to develop strict schedules or working hours. Wake up at your typical time and go through your standard day to day routine whilst incorporating time for your prayers. On the off chance that you are a parent with an infant, utilize their rest times effectively, and attempt to plan work that requires extreme concentration or telephone calls during these occasions. You might need to have a discussion with your manager about an altered timetable that works for both of you while working from home with a child. It is vital to set a timetable for the day and monitor your daily routine and whether you are sticking to it. Likewise, include brief breaks in your calendar to invigorate and reenergize to increment and lift your efficiency levels. Be in the present and focus on tasks for the day. Look forward to the end of the workday. Plan for the week using task management techniques. 2. Keep Tabs on Your Children Image Credit: Shitota Yuri on Unsplash Along with us having to work from home due to the closure of offices, children too will be at home with you due to school closures. Like how you would draw up a schedule for yourself, plan a timetable which consists of a few exercises such as arts and crafts that would keep them involved and occupied while you work. To ensure that your children do not feel disengaged, make sure to include their meal times as well.  3. Set Up a Beneficial and Comfortable Workspace Image Credit: James McDonald on Unsplash If you have experienced working from home previously, you would know that the main tools required to carry out your tasks efficiently and effectively are a high-speed solid internet connection and router, as well as a comfortable and relaxed workspace that is well lit, ventilated and preferably with an ergonomic chair. 4. Collaborate with Your Team and Loved Ones Image Credit: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash Given the current situation in the world, sentiments of detachment and isolation are common with all those currently working from home. Presently, things are quite tough without the capacity to see companions or depend on standard ways of dealing with stress like meeting up with friends, going for a movie, or even enjoying a meal at your favorite restaurant. Working from home can be lonely, so make sure you have sync up call with your team on a daily basis and conduct a sanity check on each of them. Continue conversing with individuals so that you do not feel disengaged. There are various applications that you can use like Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, and Google Meet. 5. Limit the Time Spent on Social Media Image Credit: Rahul Chakraborty on Unsplash If it is one guilty pleasure the modern generation has – it would be being very attached to social media. This addiction can be one goliath mood killer in case you are not cautious and use it in small doses daily. When you spend your time on social media, ensure that it does not cause a negative state of mind. Limit time spent checking the news to break times. Choose alerts from a few trusted sources if necessary. 6. Self-love and Self-care Image Credit: Karthik Thoguluva on Unsplash During these troubling times, work should not be your only priority. Deal with your physical and mental prosperity during this delicate time too. Set yourself up for progress by getting enough physical movement and keeping up your emotional well-being. This can incorporate meditating, having a blog to let out your thoughts and to express yourself, yoga or online workout tutorials. These exercises, even if they are in small doses, may assist you with letting out some repressed steam and bad energy so you can concentrate on your work better. Consolidate more exercise into your everyday schedule to keep up your empowered state of mind. Ensure to also snack healthy and right. Substitute your junk food consumption with brain foods like fruits and nuts which help maintain your vitality levels. Wash your hands routinely with soap and water taking into consideration the 8 stages to clean your hands. Make sure to wash and disinfect your hands often. Abstain from touching and making contact with your face. What more would you be able to do to make the most out of Ramadan this `Working from home` period? When creating your schedule for when you are working from home during this Ramadan, make ensure you incorporate your daily prayers and iftar preparation timings in your list. Nowadays it is easier to draw up lists and forget about them the very next moment. Be disciplined to ensure that you stick by the schedule and not evade or take into consideration all that has to be done during the holy month of Ramadan. Here are some pointers that you can take note of! via GIPHY Morning  Take ablution and perform Tahajjud and Fajr. Practice manners and Dua of waking up & morning Azkar. Keep updated with the news around the world and stay connected with your loved ones. Catch up and have a virtual meet up with family, friends or colleagues. Perform Duha. Be in the state of Wudu for the entire day. Incorporate short breaks for breathing exercises or light stretches in between tasks. Afternoon  Perform Zuhr. During your lunch break, utilize it for iftar preparations. Try out a new recipe. Cook a healthy and hearty meal for Iftar! Take a 20-minute power nap during the day to recharge and wake up feeling refreshed! Evening  Perform Asr. Complete Evening Azkar. Perform Maghrib. Have iftar with your family and inquire about how their day went and if there are any challenges they require assistance with. Use serving spoons to prevent germs from spreading. Spend some time reading the Quran and learning religious knowledge. You could also listen to Islamic podcasts. Perform Isha. Sleep early. Working from home can get exhausting, so getting ample and consistent sleep is key to being productive the next day.   Make an effort to be cautious about your eating and napping timings when you are not fasting. Try not to keep awake until late at night, entertaining yourself with different exercises. Make it a point to sleep early. Working from home can deplete your energy, so getting as much rest as possible is critical to having a fruitful day the following day. Talk it out with your boss with regard to the chance of not having your lunch break. Inquire as to whether they will permit you to keep working at noon or take a shorter mid-day break for prayers. Keep yourself hydrated well during the night and at Sahoor and after iftar, with the goal that you don't get dehydrated during your working hours. via GIPHY Working from home during the holy month of Ramadan may not be what you arranged or anticipated prior to the pandemic. However, you can take advantage of it. Figure out what's vital and organize your schedule appropriately. Remain concentrated so you can work capably and possess more energy for different undertakings like your prayers.  ...



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