Friday, 18 April 2014

Dream Getaway


Salam lovelies! Hope all of you guys are in the best health and iman. :)

I'm finally back at home alhamdulillah after what felt like a month away from home. Experiencing a slight case of jet lag, but that's okay because my mum is as well so I'm not the only one roaming around the house at 3 in the morning looking for food hahaa. Anyway, there's so much I want to share about my trip to Paris from the pastry class I attended, to the amazing new friendships made and the unimaginable beautiful parks there, but for now there's this one important event I just had to share first so you guys will inshaAllah get a chance to attend and experience before it is full house.

If you've been saving up for a getaway, I'm thinking this would be it guys. Spend some days away from the city at a gorgeous resort and with the Quran (and with Ustaz Nouman Ali, come on!). It really doesn't get any better than this!


Taken from their website:

Picture this. You, on a magnificent white beach, with warm sands tricking between your toes, overlooking a breathtaking sunset. A single thought comes to mind: Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah). A moment captured effortlessly by our sights and imprinted beautifully in our hearts to acknowledge the Creator of this sublime scenery, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (the Exalted and Glorified).

Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an in Surat Ar-R`ad (Chapter: Thunder), “For without a doubt, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction” (13:28). Being surrounded by nature is one of the best ways to feel close to Allah (swt). One could gaze endlessly over the horizons, or look up to the sky, decorated with lamps of bright stars or even listen to the symphony of waves hitting the shorelines to find satisfaction in the hearts. But what if one gets to experience a spiritual journey with the words of the Almighty, the glorious Quran in the midst of these remarkable landscapes?

Don't even think about it. Click here for the full details. :)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Bonjour!



Salam lovelies! 

Alhamdulillah this morning I landed safely here in Paris with my mum and a close friend. We decided to take a little break from the kitchen to spend some time to indulge in the never ending desserts here. But it gets better, because my sister ended up joining us her. When in Paris, the more the merrier! :) 

We're definitely on to a good start because all the locals have been so friendly (much different to what I recall when I was here in high school). In fact so friendly, one of the tenants in this apartment startled me when he stepped out of the door and decided to pose with me, hahaa. Why not?

Photos by Kim L. and Yours Truly

Friday, 28 March 2014

Meaningful Prayer


Have you ever had one of those solat where after you give salam, you were like, 'Hold on, what did I just say?' Well, I've been having those lately. One of the things I hate the most when times get really busy for me is how crappy my solat can get. Mind wondering everywhere. Have I replied her email? This cake is due for delivery in a few hours, quick! Yummy roast chicken for lunch. Okay, the last one was something I could've avoided had I eaten first. My point is, I'm finding it harder and harder to keep my kusyuk (especially on busy days), and it's probably because I don't really know 
what I'm reciting.

When I started taking the prayer seriously, I knew I had to make time to understand what it is I'm saying during this one on one time with Allah. But I never really got around to that, and sometimes I feel really embarrassed because I'm pretty sure I sound like one of those people who go for an interview and they talk about something which they know nothing about. Big fancy words are coming out of their mouth, but the interviewer knows that person has no idea what he's talking about. 
I'm that loser interviewee. 

I'm pretty sure if I knew and really felt a connection with what it was I say during my solat, even if I were busy, I would still have a decent amount of kusyuk going on, instead of rushing through my sujud and doing it like it's just a routine. I hate that I'm not feeling it lately and I'm sure Allah knows it too. So when this God sent project called Meaningful Prayer popped up, I knew I'd be stupid not to make time for it. Basically it's an online course to help you and I, really understand every little word we say during our solat from the time we say Allahuakbar to the time we give our salaams. My sister shared this gem with me last week, and I just have to share it with you guys too. Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jagda has only started uploading the introduction, so let's do this together!

Let's ask Allah swt to make us among those who are in real conversation with Him, feel the sweetness of the solat, and are washed clean of our sins with each solat.



"Salah is about reflection and pondering. It is about comprehending and understand. It is about feeling what you are saying and then delving into it and being absorbed by the experience of the salah. This can only be done wen you truly appreciate and understand what you are saying in the salah."

www.meaningfulprayer.com

www.MeaningfulPrayer.com


Smile


Dress (Safar Pelisse) Love To Dress / Pants Sass & Bide / Heels Zara

Ironically smiling is something I haven't been doing much these past few days. This past week has been a test for me and I'm sure for so many as well. It has been one sad news after another. Many lives were lost and returned back to Allah swt. Some are strangers and some are friends. To Allah we belong, and to Him we shall return. Tonight, my close friend just texted me of another loss of a special little some one. How do I smile tonight?

I just had to post this set of pictures I took awhile back to remind myself to not be sad for too long and to smile again like I did on that beautiful day. We will surely be tested in many ways, and lost of lives are among one of those. We just need to have faith in the Qadr of Allah and trust Him, the one who loves us more than we can imagine.

If Allah can remove someone or something you never dreamed of losing, He can replace them with someone or something you never dreamt of having.

Photos by Kim L.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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Certainly Allah swt is the Most Forgiving and the Most Merciful.
 

Friday, 21 March 2014

A Love Story


One of those stories you can hear over and over again, only to leave you falling that much more in love with our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) and Khadija (may Allah swt be pleased with her). Best part is, this love story is real and not out of a Walt Disney movie.

Have a beautiful Friday everyone! :)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

It's A Girl!



A pink pram, Aztec stripes and little baby clothes on the line was what was sketched for us to make. This baby shower cake was made for someone dear to my mum and I. She is one of the sweetest person I know, and more than just a familiar face at Gateauxlicious. She first let us into her life when she needed her engagement cake, and then her cake for her big day, her many family and friend's celebrations, her birthday, and now her baby shower as she expects her first baby girl with excitement beyond words. I think it's quite beautiful to be able to see a person's life through their celebrations. I may have mentioned this before once or twice, but I really can't thank Allah swt enough for creating the path in my life that led me to this job (if I can even call it that) that has so much positivity surrounding it and brings smiles and joy to people even if it's for a few seconds.

May Allah swt grant her a safe delivery end of this month inshaAllah, protect her little princess from any harm and let her grow into a beautiful righteous daughter. :)