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MUSLIM BLOGGER + "LIFE" COACH  Revert πŸ’œ, Entrepreneur πŸ€“, Blogger πŸ’», "Life" Coach 🌺, Plant Eater πŸŒ±πŸ‰ πŸ“©christal@christaljoan.com DM to order your @theduajournal

So my mum asked me yesterday why if its Ramadan and Muslims are supposed to be bettering themselves, why their behaviour is still so poor? Why do we still cheat each others and those around us? Why do we just straight have no manners on the street? Why do we eat to excess and waste food if we're supposed to be grateful?

This is when I had to teach her one of the hardest lessons a revert has to learn, people are still just people. You can't hold a candle to other people's actions you just have to hold down you're own and be the change you want to see. As Allah swt says in Surah Ar'Ra'd He swt will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves. And this is a constant process. Ramadan is 30(ish) days. It is very reboot we need to start this process.
Don't waste it because when it's gone, it's gone.
P.S. if you're interested in more of the interesting convos I have with my mum let me know and I'll post some more of our reflections insha Allah. People are always asking her (and me) questions about my conversion 7 years on πŸ˜‚ and she takes them like a champ! πŸ“Έ: @ilmburst

Allahumma ballighna Ramadaan, Ameen "The faith within you will grow old and tattered just as your clothes do. So ask God Almighty to renew the faith in your hearts." Narrated by Abd Allah ibn 'Amr πŸ“Έ: taken by me in Lickey Hills, Birmingham 😊

Reflection inspired by: Rediscovering Prayer. Communicating with Allah by Bassam Saeh

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With the blessed month of Ramadan almost here, the aim of the game for me is to come out the other end BETTER than the way I went in.
Insha Allah this book from @kubepublishing is the first step on that journey for me insha Allah. As a mum of 2 very little Muslims, enjoying your prayers and having the time to communicate with Allah swt often feels like climbing a greasy pole in flip flops! Especially with me going from fasting with no children to fasting with 2 under the age of 2 😧

I'm looking forward to getting stuck into this and getting a review together for you guys.

Kube Publishing have got 25% off books on their website and www.islamic-foundation.com where you can find books, decorations and toys. Perfect for Ramadan and Eid presents. Use the coupon code: ramadan25

SALE STARTS 14TH OF RAMADAN UNTIL EID. (Code works for both sites)

Use the hashtag #ReadinRamadan so we can share the khayr and see what everyone's getting stuck into πŸ˜ŠπŸ“š #bookstagrammer #bookstagramit #love2read #muslimbooks #islamicbook #islamicbooks #islamicgifts #ramadan2018 #blessedmonth #selfdevelopmentjourney #betteryourself #changeyourmindchangeyourlife #AD

Harim ibn Hayyan said "When the believer knows his Lord he loves Him and when he loves Him, he approaches Him and when he discovers the sweetness of the approach to Him, he no longer looks on this world with an avid eye, nor does he gaze on the hereafter with an indifferent eye, for what pains him in this world refreshes him in the next." Taken from Al Ghazali's Ihya ulum al din - Kitab al mahabba wa'l- shawq wa'l-uns wa'l-rida (Love, Longing Intimacy and Contentment)

I just got all my books back 😍 so expect more bookey quotes πŸ˜πŸ€“ #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #avidreader #lovebooks #loveislam #toreadornottoread #lovereading #readingisbae #booksarebae #goodbook #booknerds #getthosebooks #pickupabook #goodvibes #spirituality #cleanheart

I always get questions from people who wanted to embrace Islam about the right time to do it.

Don't I need to learn "xyz?" Shouldn't I learn how to pray first?

Should I completely change myself?

The answer to the above is short and sweet, "no my dear, not yet. Allah swt just wants you, right now, the way you are." You don't need bells and whistles. Allah doesn't want you to in 10 years, your invitation to a life with Him is NOW. Don't delay. Everything else can come afterwards.

Don't rush from your destiny and a chance to be the best version of yourself. Don't sell your ticket to jannah (paradise) over formalities.

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The past few days have been tough. Both children teething (I know make dua for us PLEASE!), articles that need to be written, changes to my website that need to be made, looong overdue reviews to be posted..... this is #momlife.
Last night, my toddler had a MASSIVE meltdown. Tears, snot, red cheeks the whole 9 yards. All while the baby was having her own mini meltdown as well because she was tired, hungry and her gums were itching. I took the BIGGEST breath you can think off (sorry for using up all the oxygen Birmingham πŸ˜‚), composed myself and dealt with the situation.
I took my toddler to another room and encouraged him to breath deeply, wiped his tears and gave him a hug. Trust me, losing your temper is more harmful than beneficial. Then I picked up the baby, fed her and comforted her. Fed my toddler and then put them both to bed.
As I watched them both sleeping so peacefully I thought subhanAllah. You wouldn't believe the absolute CHAOS that was happening less than an hour before. The anxiety that was rushing through my body as they both cried, both pulling my heartstrings, both needing attention when there was only little old me for comfort. It's situations like this that make mother's feel like they're not enough but you are.
Allah swt gave YOU this task. This barakah woven with hardship. He swt knew you were ready, you just need to believe it yourself.
Parenting doesn't come with a manual and you will make mistakes but Allah swt knows your heart and will see you through.
This is to all the mother's out there that have made it to Friday knowing that as a mother the "weekend" doesn't exist. Allah swt loves you, I love you.
Cherish them while they are small. They are out potential keys to jannah πŸ’œ Β #parentingblogger #parentingskills #parenting101 #parentingwin #parentingdoneright #parentingtips #familyfirst #familia #familygoals #familytimeΒ  #familylove #familyovereverything #familyiseverything #familymatters #familyblog #familyblogger
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Life is a journey individual to everyone! No matter what you're going through, you can take inspiration from what's around you but ultimately the decision is yours.
I had to find this out the hard way by taking a time of rest, relaxation and reflection. In that time I got to reflect a lot on what was right for me in terms of how I wanted to run my life moving forward as a busy mum of 2 under 2, what I wanted to do with the blog going forward and realistically looking at where I wanted to spend my time to get inspiration for my writing.

I figured all that out and decided to stick it in a blog post lol!

To stay up to date with whats going on moving forward sign up to my blog using the sign up link via link tree (in the bio). You can find the link to the related post there too.

Lots of new exciting things coming to the blog and my life so please stay tuned. I can't wait to take you all on this journey with me :)

Blessed Monday vibes 😁

May Allah swt fill our paths with light, may He fill our heart with love, may He fill our minds with pure thoughts and may we all appreciate the blessings He has bestowed on us, Ameen πŸ’œ

If you follow my Insta stories you'll know that we (my daughter and I) we're sent a new addition to our little family. Our Khadija (I named her lol) khaleeji doll in a new darker skin tone.

I was so happy when @hijabimamatreats offered to send us this, especially when it looks so much like my daughter 😁

Jazakillahu khayrun @hijabimamatreats we love her so much and we wish all the barakah in the world for your business and new products to come.
Read the full review over at christaljoan.com (link in the bio)

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It's been 6 weeks since I gave birth and I still haven't written about my birth story on my blog but this frame pretty much sums it up.

My mum and dad were an integral part of my birthing process and without them it wouldn't have been the amazing experience it was.
This birth, even more so than my first, really put the hard work my parents put into nurturing me (and they still do), into perspective. I could NEVER give or do enough for them to repay what they've done for me but this frame was a start.
Lovingly handcrafted by my dear friend at @p_isforpicture it was a perfect thank you. EVERY frame is made with πŸ’œ and orders can be customised like mine with any colour or design you like insha Allah

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