Saying 'Bismillah' over non-halal food

When Hubby and I started living together, it was obvious to me that there would only be halal meat in the house. It was early days and I was just starting to learn about Islam, so I did some research on halal food too. 

Before our first trip to Poland together I was searching for halal food there, and remember coming across a blog, where someone claimed that as they can't get halal meat, it's enough to say 'Bismillah' ('In the name of Allah') before eating - at that time Hubby just explained to me that it doesn't work like that.

Recently I came across this notion during a discussion on one of the Facebook groups, so I thought it would be a good idea to clarify the issue.

So, what is the truth?

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

We've been planning to visit the Zoo for quite a while now - we've been to one in Lahore, we visited the Kraków Zoo while in Poland, but we never got to visit any of more local ones! As we're in Bedfordshire, we're quite close to the Whipsnade Zoo, and London is not too far away, but we can hardly ever manage to get some time off work together - when Hubby works I'm home with Adam, and vice versa. 

Since we were celebrating Eid (marking the end of Ramadan) last Wednesday, we both took some time off work to spend the holidays together, and planned to visit the Zoo over the weekend. However, as it got sunny on Friday afternoon, we decided there's no point postponing it any longer, as we might not be in luck with the weather later on, so we quickly packed a few snacks and left for the Whipsnade Zoo.

London Halal Food Festival is coming!

If you follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram, you've probably seen the news I shared about the Halal Food Festival coming to London in August.

I'm delighted to be a part of this event, as one of their 'Halal Heroes' - you can see the list of all the fabulous Halal Bloggers here: (I still can't believe I made it to this list lol!)

Mid-Ramadan musings

Honestly, where does all the time go?

It feels like just a few days ago we were getting ready for Ramadan - cleaning the whole house, checking the freezer and kitchen cupboards, getting all the big shopping done so we wouldn't have to hungry-shop (we all know how this ends!). I also planned to actually blog about those preparations, but it seems like I blinked and the Ramadan has already started!

Sweet cheese pancakes

Pancakes filled with sweet quark cheese are my childhood taste. As weird as it may sound, most Poles would've eaten this for lunch, probably on a Friday when we'd go meat-free.

If you follow my social media (if not, there are neat little buttons on the right ;)), you know I wear glasses. I'm short-sighted, to be specific.

The Muslim Sticker Company

I've been postponing this review for a while now, hoping that I could engage Adam a bit, but he wasn't too keen to participate at the time that I wanted him to ;)

Recently I've been sent some goodies by The Muslim Sticker Company. Adam has recently discovered the joy of stickers (if you follow my Instagram, you might've seen our little toy box project ;)), so I thought this would be great for him.

We received two books: Sun, Sea and Sand Islamic Sticker Activity Book and  My A-Z Sticker Book of Islam, as well as the Ramadan Chart.

Tajweed Nasheed Nursery Rhymes from Olive Tree Study

All the Muslims are encouraged to learn to read the Quran in Arabic. Reverts, like me, would start with the translation into our own language. As we know, however, no translation can fully convey the message of the original - especially in case of such a complex language as Arabic. Hence, to get the best understanding of the actual text, we all aim to learn to read the Quran in its unaltered form.

I currently have zero knowledge of Arabic. Well, so far I had a go at learning the alphabet ;) But to read the Quran we need to know the Tajweed - a set of rules governing the correct pronunciation.

A while ago I was contacted by lovely sister Tahera, founder of the Olive Tree Study Support - a weekend Islamic school. Following the struggle to teach the children these complex rules, she came up with the idea for Tajweed Nursery Rhymes, and kindly invited me to check them out.

My Revert Story

One thing I get asked a lot from my followers is for me to share the story of my conversion to Islam.

I've been meaning to write this for ages now, but I must admit I was a bit apprehensive due to all the negativity Islam gets. Yes, I do care what people think, and I can't help it. But I finally decided to do it.

Just to be clear - I'm not trying to convince anyone to do it. I'm simply sharing my experience, and explaining why I made this decision, because some people were interested.

So, here it goes.

#MySundayPhoto - Shadows

I got behind again - my "regular writing" doesn't seem to be going too well so far ;) I already gave up the Project 366, I couldn't always manage to take a photo every single day - well, I guess it's better that it happened early in the year, rather than me committing for months and then ruining the whole thing.

Anyway, here's one of last week's photos.

All three of us spent a few days in bed with some nasty bug, but when we finally felt better and sun came out for one day, I took Adam out for a short walk. Poor thing was getting crazy staying inside, and it really made him happier - we're back to the usual rainy days here, so it was quite a good break for both of us.