Posts Tagged ‘pray’

LF#2 has learnt how to do wudu but she forgets to say the dua after, so this will work as a pretty reminder, insha’Allah. I used a sticker from Alhuda bookstore for LF#1 but it has gotten old and won’t stick anymore. I thought I would get home decor friendly prints and put the duas on  them. Then put them in a frame and hang them. You are welcome to print it out and put it near your wudhu place. D’ua after wudu Card

A story book about wudhu helps kids too. This one is about a young girl called Ruqqayah. Sister Umm Abdul Basir has a neat lapbook that younger kids can make to learn the sequence of Wudhu. The best way is to honestly do it with them, showing them what you are doing and asking them to copy you. For the little ones we sing this poem in our masjid and they pick up so fast.

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My husband & I have made a major lifestyle change this year. As we head into our mid thirties, our bodies are changing on us. We were always night-owls ever since college. He would workout at night- the gym is less crowded- less fitnah. Then work on his paperwork til the wee hours of night.  I would even do my grocery shopping at night since taking 3 kids to the store during the day was pure torture.  As a result, I’m ashamed to say we would miss our Fajr  a lot.

This year with LF#3 in pre-school and LF#2 in school until 2:12, leaves just LF#4 at home and he hasn’t hit the terrible twos yet. My husband’s work schedule has Alhamdulillah become somewhat ‘normal’, with the 2:00 am calls diminishing as the hospital’s overtime budgets shrink.

As a result of all of this, we now go to bed by 10:00 as opposed to 2:00.  The other reason for making this change was I am salah-training my LF#1 and frankly it was embarrassing when she asked me all too often why I had not woke her up for fajr.

This poster courtesy of OJS- my brother -in-love

Here is a motivating article on the dawn prayer.

Another how-to for the Fajr showdown

Now waking up before dawn breaks, he still fits the gym in – less fitnah that early in the morning too. My kids haven’t been tardy once since we started.  The best part about it is LF#1 and I are bonding during prayers. It’s quiet in the morning – we talk without her younger siblings interrupting after every word. I know that there will be days when it is not perfect so pray for me.

I am including the yummy breakfast recipe we are making together now that we have time to enjoy them.

LF#1 Fave: Omlette a la Mama

7 Organic Free Range Eggs -one for every person in the family plus one

1 medium brown onion

Olive Oil (for the Sunnah)

Pepper jack cheese- I use the Tillamook brand, its creamy, halal certified, rennet free and the enzymes are microbial/ vegetable based AND made with milk produced without rBST. I love this company, its a cooperative of 110 dairy families.

Here is the link- Tillamook answers cheese questions.

Buy the big block from Costco , shred it, put it in small ziplocs and freeze it

Red Chili powder- a pinch

Sea Salt

Fresh crushed black pepper

Fresh cilantro or parsley (whatever is available)

  • Grate the cheese
  • Cube the onions.
  • Beat the eggs well in a large bowl. The longer you beat it the smoother your omelette will be.
  • Season as desired.
  • Warm your pan (use cast iron)  and coat it lightly with olive oil over medium heat ( don’t use too much oil it will make the omelette soggy & greasy)
  • Saute the onions until translucent
  • Pour the eggs into the pan and cook until the bottom starts solidifying
  • Lift up the pan edges so all the runny eggs flow to the side of the pan
  • Fill the middle with onions, herbs and cheese and fold the omelette.

When we are in a hurry then we just add the onions to the eggs and fry the mixture, flip the omelette and just sprinkle the cheese on top.

Grown up version- add mushrooms & green bell pepper for the hubbie.

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