Here I am at your service, my Lord, here I am.

hajj

Dhul Hijjah has already begun. Many pilgrims have made or are in the process of making their journey to the holiest cities in the World. Makkah & Madina. It brings back all the amazing and emotional memories of when I made my journey in 2011. Oh what a journey it was!

I will share with you my short snippets of some of the memories I have. There are too many to mention, but I’ll give you a few.

The hustle and bustle of Makkah & serenity of Madina:

*The surreal feeling of actually worshipping in masjid al haram. The spiritual call to prayer melts your heart like never before.

*Watching millions of people from different nations all in the same place for one purpose. To worship the almighty.

*Walking to the masjid in the dark to perform umrah

*Being close to your family, helping and protecting each other

*Tawaf was my favourite acts of worship

*Patiently waiting to drink water from the zam zam taps and having a cleaner walk through the crowds to pour me a glass.

*Masjid Nabawi is a breathtaking sight. Watching the skyline change from blue to pink to purple to navy to black as you spend time worshipping.

*Making sujood on the cold floor at fajr time.

*Night time shopping and shawarma and burger places.

*The emotional and physical hardships of the pilgrimage all worth it in the end inshAllah.

I could go on and I’ll never forget.

May Allah (swt) make the hajj easy on all pilgrims, accept their hajj and ours. ameen

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Inspirational Quote

“If plan A didn’t work. The alphabet has 25 more letters!”

Wow, this quote speaks volumes!

What does it mean to you?

To me, it means that if a plan of yours didn’t work out, there are so many other ways to achieve your goal.

So, don’t just stop at one thing, keep going & keep finding ways to make things happen.

Food for thought.

Simple Sponge

Below is a really simple recipe for a sponge cake I made for relatives, Went down a treat!

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the tastiest

*Mix together 8g of caster sugar with

*8g of margarine (I can’t believe its not butter)

*then gradually add three eggs to the mixture. Once smooth and all lumps are gone

*add 8g of Self Raising Flour. Mix, mix and mix until smooth and bake at gas mark 4 in the oven.

Tips:

Ensure you don’t overbake, so the cake remains spongy

Allow to cool, before removing from the tin

Enjoy, let me know how its tastes!

Homemade Shortbread

I made shortbread biscuits for my daughters playgroup Eid party. long overdue! she has been keeping me busy!

Nothing fancy, just simple, scrumptious biccies.

Recipe:

Mix together 4 oz of Caster Sugar, and 8oz of butter. Then add 10 oz of plain flour to form a dough.

Roll the dough out or pat it flat and then use cookie cutters to form whatever shape you like.

Line a baking tray with parchment.

Place your shortbreads on the lined baking tray and bake in the oven gas mark 5 for 15-20 mins.

Heres what they looked like before going in

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And after in a tub…

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They did come out bigger after being baked, so I would say make your shapes a little smaller.