Watermelon Slushie

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Freezing watermelon may be my favorite food discovery of the year!  I don’t know how many times I’ve bought a whole watermelon and unless we’re entertaining a crowd, after 3 days of sliced watermelon with dinner we have all hit the wall.  Then I still have at big chunk of watermelon taking up valuable fridge space and after a few days it’s gone off and it’s in the bin.  And have I mentioned how I hate throwing food away?

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Well, no more.  Freeze that leftover watermelon (or after tasting this slushie you may start buying watermelon just to freeze it!).  Cut the melon into chunks (I do roughly 1″), place in a zipper freezer bag and lay in the freezer.  Takes at least 4 hours to freeze, overnight is best, and then it’ll keep for at least a month.

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The best part about having frozen watermelon is that you can easily whip…

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Ramadantox

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yes you read right…the title says ‘ramadantox’. Well we know you’ll ask…so here it goes, ramadantox is the process of detoxing that your body goes through during Ramadan. Simple! (By the way just so you know, we made the linking of the two words up!)

Here are some interesting facts you’d like to know;

Detoxification Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2)

On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst. Headaches, dizzinessnausea, bad breath, and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.

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Detoxification Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)

Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules…

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Super hydrating watermelon mocktail

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It’s summertime, it’s hot (well, some days) and it’s Ramadan. How to supercharge your hydration AND energy levels after 19 hours of fasting? All in one go!

Sipping on a watermelon mocktail, of course. Watermelon is packed with vitamins and nutrients and coconut water is so ridiculously hydrating I nearly get hydrated just thinking about it. Not to mention that watermelon is so tasty it covers the aftertaste of the coconut water. Yeah, some people like the taste of coconut water but frankly, I’m only in it for the health benefits.

This is so easy to make you need absolutely NO kitchen skills here. If you can turn on a blender, you can make this.

Super hydrating watermelon mocktail (about 4 servings)

500g seedless watermelon flesh, cut into chunks

500ml coconut water

Just blend it all together in a blender, pass through a sieve into a jug and refrigerate until…

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Are You Lucky?

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Rasul Allah (ﷺ) said: “How lucky is that man who adopts humbleness without having scarcity, who considers himself inferior without having to beg for anything, who spends his own earned money in the right causes without disobeying Allāh (ﷻ), who is kind to those having little means, and who remains in the company of learned men.” [Tibrani]

In this hadith we are told who an enviable person is:

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10 Diseases that Make Depression Feel Worse

Consider these statistics: Nearly 50 percent of asthma patients suffer from symptoms of depression. At least 40 percent of persons with Parkinson’s disease experience depression, and anxiety is often reported. Forty to 65 percent of patients who have had a heart attack suffer from depression. The lifetime risk for depression in patients with multiple sclerosis…

http://thereseborchard.com/2015/06/25/10-illnesses-associated-with-depression/

Juz 6 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 2)

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The  Surah Al-Ma’ida, opens with a discussion of dietary laws, pilgrimage, marriage, and criminal punishment for certain crimes. These provide a spiritual framework for laws and practices that were enacted during the early years of the Islamic community in Madinah.

Surah Al Maida Ayahs 1 to 81

  • [5:1] It is important for believers to fulfill all their convenants and obligations sent by Allah.
  • [5:2] Do not change to halal what Allah has fixed as haraam, be it regarding acts of worship or actions of daily life.
  • [5:2] Help and encourage each other in righteous deeds but never cooperate with anyone in sins like lying, stealing, cheating, adultery and other haram acts.
  • [5:3] Have knowledge about food that is Haram (prohibited) for you: dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah , and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a…

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JUZ 6 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 1)

Alhuda, The Quran Club

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The final section of Surah An-Nisaa returns to the theme of the relationship between Muslims and the “People of the Book” (i.e. Christians and Jews). The Quran warns Muslims not to follow in the footsteps of those who divided their faith, added things to it, and went astray from the teachings of their prophets.

Surah An Nisa 148 to 176

  • [4:148] Never proclaim the mistakes and evil deeds of others in public as Allah doesn’t like it and it is against the honor of people.
  • [4:150] It’s forbidden to differentiate between prophets because Allah has granted each of them a special status.
  • [4:153] Do not make halal what Allah has already declared haram like the People of the book.
  • [4:163] All prophets were sent on a similar mission i.e., as givers of glad tidings and to warn the people.
  • [4:170] It’s truly best for us to believe and follow the…

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Fasting Ramadan Alone: 7 Ways to Improve a Lonely Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan, although it brings with it a beautiful sense of peace and worship, can also be a very lonely month for the Muslim revert. Most reverts have non-Muslim families who don’t fast during this month, and many times don’t live in a strong Muslim community. This can make Ramadan a very bittersweet time of the year. It is a time where they should feel more connected to the Muslim ummah, but unfortunately the opposite is usually true. They tend to feel even more disconnected and disparate from everyone else around them.

The revert longs to host a beautiful Iftar dinner with many friends to invite over. They yearn for family members to share the experience of waking up early in the morning to eat Suhoor together. They envision a family waiting for each other to make wudu, then meeting in the living room to perform Fajr…

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REFLECTIONS ON SURAH AL-ISRA

Alhuda, The Quran Club

I came across beauty of this Surah that how Allah subhana’watalah has combined the warnings, instructions and admonitions, by stating the whole infrastructure on which Islamic state was going to built in Madinah and then all over the world.
As we look theme and background of Surah, the name is given as per first ayah Surah Al Isra ( the journey of night), it is pointing towards the Bani Israel as well, so also known as Surah Bani Israel.
The Surah was revealed before a year of Hijrah, so it is said to Bani Isreal to avail this last opportunity, if you ll behave same like as u are already behaving then u ll soon meet with the severe punishment.

In this connection, the fundamental principles of morality and civilization of Islamic System of life have been put forward. Thus this was a sort of the Manifesto of the intended Islamic…

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