Sunday, July 29, 2012

Iftar in egypt

I was opting for Pizza for iftar today.
But well, didnt had time to go to the shop to get the ingredients so this is what i came up with

Salata, Mexican Rice, Tomato Soup and bread filled with Potatoe mash

It is missing veggys, but for that we will have fruits and veggys through out the night and for suhoor inshallah

Mosques of Cairo

While listening to the the Fjar Adhaan i thought i will share some pictures with you that i made yesterday.
I took the Chance to make them while driving to Maadi where we had Iftar with my mother in law.

There are so many different designsfor Mosques here in Egypt. Most Mosques have a really amazing architecture. My favourite Mosque til now is the Mohamed Ali Mosque whichu can see on the last 2 pictures.
Its surrounded by a Fort and close to the well known Azhar Park.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fajr time in Cairo

It is Time for Suhoor here in cairo and only a few minutes are left til the Adhaan will chime through the streets and remind the Believers that from now on we have to fast untill the Sung goes down again.

Since iam alone for Suhoor today i only ate some bread with cream cheese and zatar. Normally we eat Fouhl which are cooked beans. because of their high protein contentthey are supposed to keep hunger at bay for a longer time that foods like bread or even veggys.

Im drinking water as usually as i reserve my coffee for iftar.
I also drink some mango milkshake ( recipe canbe found here Mango Milkshake and Mask)
Im in love with mangos and its the season for them right now so i eat as much of them as possible, hoping it wont destroy my weight plan.

The fasting this year is long and the days are very hot, but i still dont feel that the fasting is harder than in the other years. The reason is probably my beloved AC. If it gets too hot for me i hide in the bedroom and turn the AC on and all is well.
Iam not hungry for most of the day but iam thirsty a lot.
But it is a great reminder of the poor. Some days ago i read about this sheikh in saudia who answered questions from muslims from all over the world by phone.
A muslim called him and asked if his fasting will be accepted if he has nothing to eat before the fast and nothing to break the fast. The sheikh cried after this call and it made me cry too.
Why should i complain if i have food to break my fast and i live like a princess in a room with AC?
I mean not even the prophet (s.a.w.) had something to cool his house in hot days like these. So iam very lucky!

There might be many ppl that have more money and wealth than me, but for them there are thousands that have way less than me. People who fight for thier Lifes in Syria, Palestine and Burma and people who donthave enough to eat to keep their children alive in South Africa and many other places.

Some of my european family members really do complain because theri friends have more money than them. But they have huge Houses, a few cars, travel for holidays twice a year,...
i can not really blame them though.
I know how it is to live like this, you just see people who have more and you dont get in contact with poor people so you simply forget how blessed you are.
There should be way more awareness for this subject in europ and america.

Anayway i got carried away enough..

The Adhaan called and from now on ill be fasting until sunset!
May Allah accept my fast and the fast of every true muslim and reward us with jannah, inshallah!

Wishing all of u a great weekend or jummah mubarek :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ramadan - what´s it all about

Ramadan - what’s it all about

Everyone who has a Muslim friend, colleague or neighbor has noticed that the behavior of them has changed quite a bit for the last few days. Some might already know that it’s the month of Ramadan and that Muslims fast during the whole month.

But why do they fast anyway and what are they allowed to eat during the month of Ramadan? Do I have to act different to my Muslim friends and can I still Invite my Muslim colleagues to dinner?

This is a little explanation to give you a better understanding of what Ramadan is about.

How long does it lasts?

The Islamic month of Ramadan occurs annually and happens every year about 11 days earlier than the year before. that’s why this year Ramadan happens during July, which is the hottest month in many Muslim countries. A few years ago it happened in December which of courses makes it easier for Muslims to fast as the days were shorter and the temperatures were much lower.

Ramadan starts at the sight of the New Moon and end at the sight of the next New Moon. So it lasts one month, or about 29-30 days.

Narrated Ibn Umar: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “When you see the crescent (of the month of Ramadan), start fasting, and when you see the crescent (of the month of Shawwal), stop fasting; and if the sky is overcast (and you can’t see It) then regard the crescent (month) of Ramadan (as of 30 days)”.


What are Muslims doing during the month of Ramadan?

Ramadan is the most important month of the Muslim calendar.

In this holy month Muslims are granted forgiveness of Allah and if they repent for their past sins, all of them will be forgiven.

For this, all Muslims that have reached puberty have to fast from dusk to dawn.

After sunset they are allowed to drink and eat anything they like. The feeling of hunger and thirst which the Believers experience during the hours of fasting should remind them of the poor who feel like this every day. It should encourage the Muslim community to give more charity and to feed the poor.

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

However fasting isn’t only about leaving food and drinks for the day. You have to keep yourself away from anything that is considered forbidden (haram) such as swear words, smoking and back biting. There are opinions that it is haram to listen to music and therefore this could be on the list too, but opinions about this topic differ so I won’t say it’s forbidden or allowed. But it is good to reduce the time that you listen to music and increase time where you listen to Quran and Islamic songs.

For couples it is also forbidden to have sexual relations during the day.

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

Muslims offer 5 prayers daily through out the whole year but during Ramadan it is recommended to increase the prayers. Tarawih is a prayer that is offered at night. It is only offered in Ramadan and many Muslims spend most of their night in Ramadan with praying and reading Quran.


Are there any exceptions?

People who has illnesses that prevent them from fasting don’t need to fast and the same goes for pregnant and breastfeeding woman. A pregnant woman can fast if it is safe for the unborn child and her, but she is not obligated to fast. If any Muslim misses some days of fasting for any reason they have to make up those days at a later time, If this is not possible than it is permissible to feed one poor person for each day that they have missed.

A reason to miss a day of fasting can also be a travel. If a Muslim has to travel he can choose, not to fast on that day and to make it up later. This does only apply for the time of the travel and if they stay less than 3 days at their destination. If they travel to a place and stay there for more than 3 days than they can only skip the fasting during the travel and have to continue fasting after that.

So why do they fast anyway?

The main reason why Muslims fast is simply because Allah ( God) has ordered them to do so.

Ramadan should show the Believers how hunger and thirst feels like so they will show mercy towards the poor and give more charity.

It is also a chance for the Muslims to have their sins forgiven if the repent sincerely and fast, than Allah will forgive their past sins.

Ramadan shouldn’t be an event where the Muslim changes for one month and than goes back to normal after it. Muslims are encouraged to keep the good habits that they started through out the year, so that eventually after every Ramadan the Muslim will be a better person than the year before.


Evidence from the Qur'an : "O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for the people before you in order for you to gain God consciousness, and, "...The month of Ramadan, during which the Qur'an was revealed, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance and the criterion; and whoever of you is resident, let him fast the month" [al-Baqarah 185].

After Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the main festival of Islam which is called Eid - ul - Fitr. It lasts for 3 days. And it is a tradition for Muslims to get a new set of clothes which they can wear for this event. Families are meeting for Eid to eat together and to wish each other “Eid Mubarek”


Some more Hadith about the Ramadan, for a better understanding.

Hadith are words of the most important prophet of Islam Mohamed (peace be upon him).

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

Narrated A’isha, Ummul Mu’minin: The Sunnah for one who is observing i’tikaf (in a mosque) is not to visit a patient, or to attend a funeral, or touch or embrace one’s wife, or go out for anything but necessary purposes. There is no i’tikaf without fasting, and there is no i’tikaf except in a congregational mosque.


Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.” The Prophet added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.”




Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ramadan Kareem

I wish you all a tranquil and productive Ramadan  :)

Sadly i dont have as much time as i want to ppray and read Quran as i have a few articles to finish.

Its easy to finish articles that are up to 500 words than the 900 - 1000 word articles thatiam writing right now.
They are travel related and about places in... India!
While i do love india with its magnificient colours and rich culture it still isnt easy to write about citys or Areas about which you can hardly findany informations on the Net.

I cant wait to finish this job to have more timefor religious acts :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Working online

Since i decided to start taking article writing and translating more serious it works pretty well for me.

I am doing this for quite a while but i didnt have the time to concentrate on it like i do now :)

Iam not completly happy with the choices of topics that my contractors send me but i guess as a Newbie in working onlie i have to take it untill i have a reputation.

Id love to write travel artivles and health related articles.

But right now i mostly write about boring topics such as Dietician vs. Nutritionist.
Really not a topic i enjoy!
But well i get payd for it and i hope to get good feedback for it.

I am working hard to deliver articles as fast as possible to get a reputation to deliver work accurate and on time. I´m sure this will pay off sooner or later as i can see many people who work online dont take ot serious and wether just copy and paste contents or dont meet deadlines.

If you are interested to work online i can recommend odesk
My first job here didnt went well but overall its a good site and offers good jobs with a fair payment.
I also really wanna write a book.
I have a few ideas for storylines but i´m not sure which one would sell the best.
And books need to have at least 25,000 Words which is a lot as u will  know if u ever tryd to write that much :D

Well am on it as i started to write down one of my storys.
I might post some of the storyline in this Blog but only after i completed some more of the writing ;)

Anyone else here who´s a writer and wants to write/publish a book?

Little health secrets

Please check out (and follow :D) my other Blog

Friday, July 13, 2012

Circumcision forbidden in germany

Religious circumcisions are now illegal in Germany

The District Court of Cologne has decided: Religious Circumcision is considered assault.

Germany is since July 2012 the only country in the world that forbids religious circumcision. A fact that outrages the Muslims and Jews that are living in Germany.

Judaism and the Islam both require their members to get their boys circumcised to become whole members of their communities.

In both religions boys should be circumcised in young age, before they are able to decide themselves if they want it.

From a legal perspective, the process is at first, like any other medical intervention and mayhem. If a procedure is considered medically necessary, the circumcision will have no legal consequences.

It is a fact that in Islam, the health of the human - physical and emotional - is a high good, if not one of the highest goods. Muslims know that circumcising their sons has many health benefits. Not much different is the case in Judaism.

The Jewish hospital in Berlin used to perform 300 circumcisions per year. 2/3 of them on Jewish and Muslim boys for religious reasons.

Doctors scare that now that religious circumcisions are illegal, they will be performed under unhygienic circumstances, as Jews and Muslims, certainly will not give up one of their most important traditions.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt
: “With this law there is no future for the Jews in Germany !"

The Cologne judgment about circumcision is considered by the Conference of European Rabbis “as the heaviest attack on Jewish life since the Holocaust“. The President of the Federation, the Moscow Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said on Thursday in Berlin "If the law will last, I see no future for Jews in Germany." He assumes however, that the circumcision of boys for religious reasons, is enshrined in law in the Federal Republic.

Circumcision in infancy helps to reduce the risk of febrile urinary tract infections and inflammations of the penis. In adults, it reduces the risk of being affected by prostate cancer.

This proves Jews and Muslims right as they prevent this right from the beginning instead of waiting for the child to become sick and than getting, him circumcised.

Worldwide every third male Human is circumcised whether for religious reasons or simply for hygienic reasons.



Copyright by Sarah Erichsen

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Boycott Israel

I´m a muslim but that´s not the reason i boycott Israel!

Even if i was christian or a jew, i would never support the things Israel does to the palestinian citizens!

Palestinians used to live in Pelstine in Peace, before it´s been decided that their Homes should belong to israel. So how would u like it if someone comes to your country/city and tells you " please leave now, this place and everything in it belongs to us now and we dont want you here. If you dont go we will torture you, rape your wive/sisters/mother, and kill your children without mercy"?

Whatever your religion, please support this case and Boycott Israel.
Be a Human and help the Palestinians to end this nightmare.

I know its hard to stay away from all those products that support israel.
So do it step by step.
Remove these products from your daily life, one by one!

For more Information plz go to this Website

Best Home made face scrub

There are a lot of options out there that promise to give u a better skin.
It´s actually really easy to improve the look of your skin and it´s not even expensive.
Simply do use this scrub 1-2 times a week and your skin will look great.

2 Tablespoon white Sugar
For dry skin u can add some olive oil

Simply rub your face with this scrub before you use suncream or other lotion.
Leave out sensitive parts under your eyes and around your lips

To optimize the look of your skin, you have to eat right and leave out too much sugar and fat from your diet.
Drinking at least 1.5-3 Litre of water is also important to keep your skin looking healthy.
Just remember, Your face is the first thing people notice about you and a healthy, glowing skin makes a great impression :)

Subia -Egyptian Coconut Drink

1/2 Litre Milk
3 Spoons Sugar ( use more or less as desired!)
2 Spoons Subia ( coconut powder/ u can use more if u want a stronger coconut taste)

Fill it all into as plstic Bottle and mix till all ingredients disolved.

It´s a really popular drink in Egypt, especially in the poor Area´s.
It´s definetly not the most healthy drink but itßs tasty :D

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Dentist

I finally went to the Dentist last night.

I will have to get fillings in 2 Teeth - No surprise there!

What really surprise me was that it actually didn’t hurt. I have been scared to go to the Dentist because i thought i would be in huge pain. My biggest Fear was having injections.

Well i can tell you though I’m scared of injections, it really didn’t hurt and i didn’t even feel the injection.

I just closed my eyes and waited for the pain and it didn’t come :)

After that the Dentist just cleaned the teeth which wasn’t painful but not that enjoyable too. To be honest I was shaking from nervousness.

Before this I have been in pain for about 2 weeks.

In the beginning it wasn’t such a problem and I could relieve the pain with Panadol once a day.

After some days though that wouldn’t work anymore until one night I fund myself crying from pain.

At that moment I took cataflam, antibiotics and a strong painkiller (I don’t remember the name). t worked after some time but since than I took every day cataflam (an anti flammatory ) and Antibiotics (called Curam) . It did keep the pain away but well didn’t heal the problem.

Now I don’t have any pain after getting a temporary filling in my teeth. It doesn’t feel normal though and it leaves a strange taste in the mouth at all times. But hey at least I have no pain anymore J

I was supposed to get the final filling on Thursday but since I am invited to an engagement party I will have to wait till Saturday to get it done.

Once I get this teeth done I will have to get the other one done :S

The dentist office was really, really clean (normally Egyptian doctors don’t seem to care for cleanness!) and well equipped.

I can really recommend this clinic for anyone living in Cairo/Egypt.

I heard already a lot of horror stories about Dentists here in Cairo.

My sister in law for example had some kind of surgery after an infection in a tooth and after that she had 2 days unbearable pain. You shouldn’t be in pain after this, the Dentist has to give you the right prescription for painkiller or otherwise he probably made a mistake causing the pain..

If you are interested to contact the Dentist i have been to just let me know in a comment.
The Dentist is located in El Obour City/1st Zone /  
in  Cairo

Losing weight in Ramadan

How to lose weight in Ramadan

I know what your first thought was while reading the headline, it probably was something like “ Ramadan is meant for spiritual worship, not a tool to lose weight!”.

And you are right, but why not use this holy month to improve your Imaan and also your health?

I will try to help you with this task and make it a little easier for you to lose weight this Ramadan and not gain weight or keep your weight, like you probably did the last few years.

First you need to analyze the reason why you haven’t lost weight the past Ramadan´s.

There are several possible reasons for weight gain in Ramadan, so let’s take them one by one.

1. Delightful Deserts

Traditional Ramadan is the time where mothers, grandmothers and Aunts will spend most of their time in the kitchen to create tasty foods and deserts that we don’t eat very often around the year. It isn’t the purpose of Ramadan to eat special dishes and to indulge in Food but that doesn’t mean you have to completely stay away from these tasty little temptations.

Give yourself a break once a week and eat the desert you like the best (I’d advise you to do that on a Friday as it’s the holiday for Muslim’s so let’s make it special) and stay away from Deserts the other days of the week.

2. Eating only once a day

Another reason for weight gain is if you only eat 1 big Meal while fasting.

Hard to believe, right? Well it is true and I’ll tell you how that works.

If you fast all day your body goes into starvation mood. So if after fasting you eat a huge Iftar and than nothing else for the rest of the night, your body will believe there is a serious crisis going on.

Your Body will store all the Food it gets and turn it into Fat, thinking you might not get Food again very soon.

So the Solution to this is pretty simple. Eat frequently during the Night.

I will give you an example of how you could keep your Diet Plan during the night.

-After the Adhaan (Prayer Call) eat 1- 3 Dates (It’s Sunnah to eat 3 Dates) and drink at least 1 Glass of Water. You can drink some Juice too if you want but still don’t leave out the water, it’s very important for hydration!

- After praying Maghrib you can eat your actual Iftar which ideally should include weather salad or a vegetable dish and soup. Try not to eat fatty dishes or anything including white Fluor.

- You should remember to drink plenty of water during the night and also during praying Taraweeh (Night Prayers in Ramadan).

- After Taraweeh u can eat a little Snack like fresh fruit salad ( use honey with it instead of sugar), Some Nuts or tasty Milkshakes. The Milkshake should be home made with fresh fruits, low fat Milk and less sugar/honey.

-For Suhoor I would suggest u anything that has a lot of Protein, as it will not let you get hungry as fast as a carbohydrate rich dish.

Ideal for Suhoor are Eggs, Fouhl or Yogurt.

The eggs can be turned into Omelette with a lot of healthy vegetables. This is a great dish to serve the whole family without making a huge effort (so you will have more time for worship).

Traditionally a lot of people eat Fouhl (cooked Beans) with Arabic bread for Suhoor. If you want to eat this, try to eat more Fouhl and less bread. Also try to get whole grain bread to eat it with the Fouhl .

3. Unhealthy Drinks

This might not be a problem specific for Ramadan but I will still address it as it’s a big step back for a healthy Life!

Soda drinks are the enemy of any healthy Diet. They contain a lot of sugar and a lot of other ingredients that harm your health.

Did you ever put a piece of meat into a bowl of Pepsi and watch what happens after about 2 days? It will nearly completely disappear. Do you really want to still drink something like this?

Fruit juices are healthy - but only in moderation, which means about 1- 2 glasses a day. And only if you choose juices without added sugar. Most juices you can buy at the store contain a lot of sugar and water and less actual juice.

So ´do something good for your health and buy a high quality juice.

Drink plenty of water! About 1.5 - 3 litre per day ( or in Ramadan per night)

If you are used to drink a lot of Coffee and tea, try to reduce your consume before Ramadan. if you suddenly give them up in Ramadan you can experience head ache from the withdrawal of Caffeine.

If you wish to drink Tea or Coffee in Ramadan limit yourself to 2 cups with less sugar.

4. Sudden drop of Exercise

It is really hard to do your regular training in Ramadan and sometimes it’s even impossible.

My advice on exercise in Ramadan would be to do it right before Maghreb, so you can drink water after it.

Don’t overdo it, 30-45 min of exercise 2-4 times a week is more than enough in Ramadan. The Taraweeh prayer will probably do the rest for your exercise routine.

At last I want to remember you that Ramadan is meant as a reminder of the Poor and Needy.

We are supposed to feel some of their hardships ourselves to sympathize with them and to remember them even long after Ramadan is gone.

It’s not time to indulge in food and find excuses to eat more than ever just because you haven’t eaten the whole day.

So remember yourself of this and improve your health and Imaan in Ramadan and keep it up all Year.