The Jungle Book Eid Party
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

My a little overdue post on Eid!
Insha'Allah I hope you all enjoyed Eid and had a wonderful Ramadaan. What you are doing today will tell you how good your Ramadaan went. Are you a better person today than you were in June?

Those that read my blog know I have a theme every Eid, to make my job easier when it comes to decorating. This year we did "The Jungle Book" - but the old one, the kids haven't watched the Disney version.

The Eid banner I made that was featured in Sakyna magazine with a tutorial.

Bageerah the panther being silly. This is what nine year olds do best! Tabarak'Allah.

I managed to purchase a 'jungle' background from the States..which saved me SO much work. It's huge and covered the family room walls. We added green streamers (in different shades) to represent vines.

 Mowgli chocolate cake! Not too complicated. Using only a 12" round cake.

 Of course we had to have some animals  (besides me being Shere khan). Here is Kaa the snake.

We also made some vines using this awesome tutorial, "Jungle Vines" - the only change I made was to use the large leaf/compost bags because I wanted them really long. From one bag we managed to get approximately 13 vines.

Hathi the elephant. The 'grass' is just cardboard painted. Leave a flap at the bottom (so a box cut in the right shape works well). Paint it all dark green, add a few highlights with light green. Simple, and can be placed around the room for the 'animals' to hide behind.

 Bagheera and Akela the wolf. The costumes are very simple to make if you have some sewing skills. Pants (with a tail), and make a shirt with a hood to add on ears  (or try something like this for the hood: "Wild Things Hat" ).

I made crocodile pies too - which were very yummy. With just a hotdog filling (hotdogs cut in pieces plus herb & garlic cream cheese), which kids love. This image is NOT mine, and I have no idea who to give credit to. But I did use their idea, and thank you to whoever you are. I used raisins for the eyes. 

....and there you have it! There were other things but I didn't take enough pictures - this should give some ideas to anyone who plans a similar party.

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Sight Without Seeing
Thursday, August 02, 2012
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu 

But if you count the favors of Allah, never will you be able to number them.” [Sûrah Ibrâhîm: 34] .

....but how often do we even try? We've been blessed with SO much - just you reading this is a blessing. Please, please think of those that aren't able to do that, not because they can't read.. but because they can't see!!! Subha'Allah, sight is such a tremendous gift, not to be taken for granted nor should we think we 'deserve' it.

An organization in Malaysia gives a little hope to both adults and children in their area, in Gaza and in Nigeria by providing Qur'ans, Yasins and Muqaddams in braille.

What is braille? it's a series of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind.

Insha'Allah YOU and I are going to help too, right?
Each Quran costs $78 Canadian dollars (RM240) to produce, whilst the Muqaddam and Surah Yasin cost $4 (RM12) each.
The steep cost is due to the smooth high quality paper used, to enable the blind to read accurately with their fingers. 

I've just been notified that there is a pressing need for braille Qur'ans (at least 30 of them) so insha'Allah I am raising our goals.
Our goal insha'Allah: to raise $2540
Raised by Eid: $2765
Still to go: AlhumduliLlah :)

-  30 Qur'ans ($2340)
-  50 Yasin ($200)
-  50 Maqaddam ($200)

Date we need to raise it by: Eid

Even you can donate $4!!.. you'll be helping someone tremendously, insha'Allah.

PLEASE share this project with others: 

May Allah reward those involved with the best if both worlds. Ameen.

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