SparkPeople Muslim Sisters Team Messageboard This team has recently been renamed due to the resignation of it's previous leader. Sisters are therefore encouraged to take over the team leadership and imprint her/their personal touches to it. SparkPeople Muslim Sisters Team Messageboard New here and getting ready for Ramadan ! Alsalamu alikum sisters :) I'm new to SparkPeople and to this team, so I hope to have more friends here. It's been two years since I've started my weight loss journey, but I'm still far from my goal by 10 kgs (currently 72 kgs). I'm glad I found a team as this because I gain a loooot of weight in Ramadan each year which is a huge setback! This year I'm going to graduate from college so I don't want to still be the fat girl so I want to try losing weight in Ramadan instead of gaining or just m... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:23:19 EST Special Plans for Eid al Adha? Assalamu alaikum, Insha'Allah this reaches you all in the best of iman and nearness to Allah SWA. Just wanted to start a discussion about Eid. <BR> <BR> Are you making any special preparations? Planning any special foods? Any special parties? <BR> <BR> Insha'Allah will give us all the best gift: Taqwa. Hope to hear from you all, Insha'Allah Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:55:29 EST Step up ibadah? Salaams, What are you doing lately to step up your worship? It is so hard to maintain all the gains we made in Ramadan. Here it is almost two months later and I am trying to keep up the pace or at least keep the things I tried to do in the Holy Month. <BR> I am trying to memorize Surah al Kahf with my Sunday school students, trying to read Surah Mulk each night before bed. <BR> <BR> What is everyone doing? Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:56:46 EST ? Assalamu alaikum my sisters, <BR> Insha'Allah this finds you all in the best of iman and nearness to Allah SWA. I just wanted to pass on something that I think might be very beneficial, IA <BR> Last week at Sunday school, we had Yusuf Estes as a speaker. Masha'Allah he was a Christian preacher and became a Muslim in 1991. He is very inspiring and does a lot of dawah, Masha'Allah. <BR> <BR> He is starting a new tv station online called guideus dot tv. There are hundreds of videos on the si... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:40:55 EST Is This Team Still Active? Assalamualaikum, sisters. Recently I've received a note from SISTERWINNIE who used to be a team leader here. Did you receive one too? She wrote that she left the team and Sparkpeople. Since she's gone, I wonder if this team is still active? Be great if someone can take over SISTERWINNIE's active role as team leader together with sister UMMALIKAH to keep the sisters here motivated in their health journeys. (^-^) <BR> <BR> Well hoping to see some replies soon! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:56:58 EST Islamic Funnies I thought I share something that would make the heart lighter in times of our low moments. Enjoy these videos: <BR> <BR> Things Not To Do In Masjid: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Waking Up For Suhoor: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to share if you have some too! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 02:48:21 EST Need ideas how to balance during Ramadan Assalamuakaikum sisters!! <BR> <BR> This is the first time I'm seriously going to try and lose weight during Ramadan. Is it possible to lose weight during this month? Actually I'm having problems getting my head round as to what to do. I live in UK and we hv a fast of 18 hrs, sehri is at 3:12 am and Iftar at 9:31 pm. Now I'm confused as to how am I going to balance water, fruits and veg intake and then to stay within my calorie limit not go under or above, bcz its tempting to eat high calori... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 04:43:42 EST Shabaan Week 4: Just a few days left!!!!!!! As salam alaikum sisters, we only have a few days remaining before the start of Ramadhan insha Allah. Just today I came across a website which is offering a free Ramadhan Planner. Have quickly glanced at it, and it seems to incorporate all the ideas we have been sharing. Here is a link where you can download your own copy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>an-planner/ </link> <BR> <BR> Let us in these remaining days, contemplate on the upcoming month and what ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:59:09 EST Shabaan 1434: Week 3 Activity Goals As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> We are just over halfway through week 3, Ramadhan is approaching insha Allah. We should take some time to think about our personal goals for Ramadhan. What do we want to accomplish during this blessed month? Are our goals realistic and achievable? Can you divide your goals into weekly or 10 day periods. <BR> <BR> There is an excellent article which talks about goal planning. I encourage you to read it. <link><... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:48:49 EST Happiness: How children perceive Grandparents As salam alaikum sisters, I received the following in an email message from a close friend. It should bring some smiles to your faces even if you're not a grandma!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 18:38:30 EST Faith: SubhanAllahi Wabi Hamdihi Whoever says (the following) hundred times during a day, his past sins are wiped away even if they are like the foam of the sea. [Bukhari and Muslim] <BR> <BR> Whoever says (the following) at morning and evening time, one hundred times, none shall come on the Day of Resurrection with anything better, except someone who has said (it) the same or more. [Muslim] <BR> <BR> "SubhanAllahi Wabi Hamdihi" <BR> (Glory Be to Allah and I Praise Him) <BR> <BR> Reposted from New Muslim Care Facebook Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:30:11 EST Shabaan 1434: Week Two Activity Dua's Did you get your dua material? <BR> <BR> Assign a special place in your house where you'll be able to sit/read/contemplate. Why not spend some time there everyday from now. Go through your dua material and sticky note, or highlight the dua's you are drawn to. Use colours to distinguish duas for morning evening, forgiveness, etc. <BR> <BR> Activah! members share with your teammates your favourite Dua's. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:18:01 EST Shabaan 1434: Week One Activity "to do" list <BR> Make a "todo" list. Think of Ramadan as a guest in your home. When you have someone over you always prepare and do things ahead so that you will be free to spend time with your guest. Well lets do the same with Ramadan. <BR> <BR> Tidy up your house, orgainize it. Do those things that will free your time during Ramadan isa. ie, get your kitchen cupboards in shape. Do those organizing projects, ie, closets, drawers now, not in Ramadan. <BR> <BR> How many of you go in the last 10 days ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:18:49 EST Shabaan: Preparing for Ramadhan 1434 As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Today in my region is the first day of the month of Shabaan. Since starting the month is based on moon sighting, it may or may not be Shabaan yet for you. <BR> <BR> Insha Allah, this month let us focus on preparing our minds and bodies for the month of Fasting, the month of Ramadhan. I hope to revive some earlier posts I have written about this topic with some new material as well. <BR> <BR> Let us share our thoughts and plans, and isa encourage ea... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:04:32 EST June Fitness Challenge: Simply walk, walk, walk As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> This month insha Allaah, let us focus on one of the simplest, easiest activities which can improve our fitness levels. Walking. <BR> <BR> Let's challenge ourselves to walk at least once a week. We can encourage each other and post our results including: time, steps, distance etc (some or all). We all will have our different starting points, some of us walk frequently, and others will just be starting out. Don't be intimidated, just compare yo... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 20:53:55 EST Seeking team members opinion: Re: Forums As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Recently I responded to one of our new members Sister Chris, who btw, is very new to Islam. I had intended to create a new forum "Questions New Muslims Ask" to provide a place for her and others to ask questions. Then, isa, we as team members would try our best to respond to these inquiries. <BR> <BR> Since then I've discovered that there can only be three forums created by team leaders. So, that creates a dilemma and I thought you all might like to pro... Wed, 22 May 2013 12:23:18 EST Health: Baking Soda vs Baking Powder As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Well, this is not exactly a health topic, but I came across it today and found it very interesting. Though you might be interested as well. <BR> <BR> The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder <BR> Posted by Faith Durand <BR> Faith Durand is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake, and More No-Bake Desserts. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. <BR> <BR> Baking s... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:51:37 EST Happiness: Be Thankful...... .Alhamduililah · Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to? <BR> · Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. <BR> · Be thankful for the difficult times, during those times you grow. <BR> · Be thankful for your limitation, because they give you opportunities for improvement. <BR> · Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character. <BR> · Be thankful for your... Sat, 18 May 2013 13:28:21 EST Cold Turkey(porkey) Asalamu aleikom! <BR> Im not new to SP, but I am a new Revert to the Islam community! <BR> Im happy to find other sisters on this website. <BR> With the Holiday season coming up (specially with my family who are religion neutral), the foods out there are very very tempting! Plus, I never knew how hard it would be to give up pork, especially since I was never a big pork eater in the first place! <BR> Any help would be appreciated on how to go cold turkey (porky)! I would very much like some p... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 10:28:35 EST for those like me who have problem drinking soda THIS MIGHT HELP <BR> <BR> i stopped drinking the brand coke cola and pepsi ages ok coke cola because of the words,no mecca,no mohamead written in arabish if you look at the trade mark through the back of the label,and pepsi because of where the money from the firm was going but i still drank other brands of diet me it was my only treat as the only other drink i drink is water and no offence some times water is boring or i feel like a treat and with no added calories i drink it.well i... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:24:30 EST Shabaan: Lets Get Positive As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Taking a break from our Alphabet Forum, I thought on the occasion of the First of Shabaan, to focus on positive activities in our four focus points for Activah! They are Faith, Fitness, Health and Happiness. <BR> <BR> Now the point is to record and share with your sisters how you have been positive in any or all of these areas. Post as often as you like, weekly or daily as you are able. Isa, we will all benefit and be encouraged to find balance and tr... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:14:36 EST Fitness: Work within your limitations As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> So what is your personal limitation in regards to fitness. Some of our members are so active and are excellent role models. They should not deter you, if you like me, cannot even come close to their activities. We must remember that Allah, swt, has created us all different, and will put us through trials with our health, and our minds and that the important thing is to remember to thank Him for all these experiences. <BR> <BR> Work within your o... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 12:51:28 EST Lest We Forget Salam, sisters! <BR> <BR> This is something important we should be aware of. <BR> Unfortunately, we tend to forget this important topic. <BR> Also, I cannot find a translation, so Arab sisters... please translate :) <BR> <BR><BR>8o&feature=related Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:17:15 EST Khutba from our beloved Shaikk/ sunnah "diet" Khutba from beloved Sheikh Abu Ishaq... may Allah grant him kheir, amin! <BR> May we always have this kind man in our thoughts ... amin! <BR> <BR><BR>zY&feature=related <BR> <BR> (sisters, it is in Arabic, if anyone wants to translate for other sisters.... please do! This man truly is the Lion of the Sunnah, and I think his lessons are absolutely important for anyone to learn. He has an english website/ youtube channel, but his Arabic youtube vids ar... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:53:31 EST Asalaamu alaikum, new here :-) Salaams Sisters, I am new here and new to spark people. I just joined last week. <BR> <BR> My name is Yasmeen, I have 2 girls and am a sahm. <BR> <BR> I have never really struggled with my weight, but, the last few years my weight has been a roller coaster. Up, then down and now back up again, which is why I joined. To keep it from going up more, insha'Allah. <BR> <BR> Im excited to find this group! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:01:22 EST Faith: Hijab <link><BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> The above is a link to a lovely article written years ago, yet still applicable today. We hijabi's blend in pretty well in the winter, but once summer comes, our commitment to Allah, swt, is very visible. This sister has written a nice article about wearing hijab. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:42:08 EST Health: 5 Super Foods of the Sunnah I follow this sisters blog on occasion and recently she posted something she learned from a class she took. I thought you all might like to read it too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-foods-of-sunnah.html </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Pomegranate <BR> 2. Squash/Pumpkin <BR> 3. Figs <BR> 4. Dates <BR> 5. Mushrooms <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:15:16 EST S is for: Sadaqallahul'Adheem <BR> <BR> This is a statement of truth that a Muslim says after reading any amount of verses from the Qur’an. The meaning of it is: “Allah says the truth.” <BR> <BR> The Qur’an is the exact words of Allah in verbatim. When Allah speaks, He says the truth; and when the Qur’an is being recited, a Muslim is reciting the words of truth of Allah. Hence, he says: “Sadaqallahul ‘Azim.” <link><BR>ic-phrases-terms/ </link> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:36:26 EST R is for: Radhiallahu' Anhu (Anha or Anhum) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is an expression to be used by Muslims whenever a name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is mentioned or used in writing. The meaning of this statement is: “May Allah be pleased with him. (her, or them)” <BR> <BR> Muslims are taught to be respectful to the elderly and to those who contributed to the spread and success in Islam. They are to be grateful to the companions of the prophet (s.a.w.) for their sacrifices, their l... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:33:09 EST Q if for: Qadi (Islamic Judge) Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:11:15 EST Faith: The Scale of the Universe My son sent me this amazing graphic depiction of the universe. I think you all, like me, will be humbled and say, Subhan Allah, the creator of everything. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: (I hope it works for you ever-hopeful) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:15:24 EST Ba Ta Tha Noon I've grouped all these letters together, as they are very similar. <BR> <BR> Think of a bowl. Now put an olive below that bowl and you will have "Ba" <BR> <BR> Now, same bowl, but this time, you will have two olives inside the bowl, sort of hovering, defying gravity. This is representing "Ta" <BR> <BR> Yes, we are still using the bowl but now, we are getting a little more hungry, so we add a third olive and place it just above the the other two olives. Voila, this is "Tha" <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:40:26 EST Health: Food... Quality, quantity and frequency I Recently viewed a short youtube video discussing healthy eating tips. <BR> <BR> Here is a short overview: <BR> <BR> Quality: try to include at least 5 colors. <BR> the deeper the color, the richer the anti-oxidant <BR> <BR> Quantity: try to remember portion control and serving size. <BR> {In Islam, we are taught not to completely fill our stomachs. <BR> Don't eat till you can't move!!!!!!} <BR> <BR> Frequency: The speaker sug... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:43:55 EST P is for: Pure <BR> <BR> Keep in mind that in this day and age, many of the food products sold contain so many ingredients that you might need a science degree just to read them. <BR> <BR> Why not try to reduce your intake of these potentially harmful ingredients. <BR> <BR> Read labels, choose things with ingredients you can pronounce, or better yet, make your own version. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:46:14 EST O is for: Oven <BR> <BR> How many different types of ovens are there. Microwave, Gas, Electric, Toaster, Clay, Convection...... <BR> <BR> Can you think of any others? If so, include it under your "O" word posting. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:29:39 EST Happiness: Pass or Fail? should make you smile! This Student obtained 0% on an exam, even though his answers were <BR> technically or literally correct! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> *Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die? <BR> <BR> ** His last battle <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> * Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? ** At the <BR> bottom of the page <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> * Q3. River Ravi flows in which state? <BR> <BR> ** Liquid <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> * Q4. What is the main reason for divorce? <BR> <BR> ** Marriage <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:19:04 EST N is for: Na’uzhu-bi-Allah - <BR> <BR> we seek refuge in Allah <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:30:23 EST M is for: Mohammedan Rasul Allah <BR> <BR> The second part of the first pillar is to say: “Mohammedan Rasul Allah,” which means: <BR> <BR> ”Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” <BR> <BR><BR>lamic-phrases-terms/ Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:20:42 EST L is for: LA ILAHA ILLALLAH <BR> <BR> This expression is the most important one in Islam. It is the creed that every person has to say to be considered a Muslim. It is part of the first pillar of Islam. The meaning of which is: <BR> <BR> ” There is no lord worthy of worship except Allah.” <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ic-phrases-terms/ </link> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:19:18 EST Alphabet Soup: The quest continues in February. As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I am grateful to ahmarose and noha alex who kept posting when, Activah was stuck in neutral on this soup theme. Masha Allah, swt, so many words. <BR> <BR> Not one to give up, I still will keep at this till we reach "Z" isa. <BR> <BR> So, for the remainder of Feb. isa, I look forward to more members contributing their words as well. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:13:24 EST Faith: Islamic Months Today is the 21st of Rabi Al-Awaal in the Islamic year 1433. <BR> <BR> I've been inactive in posting for awhile now, and alhamduililah, am attempting with this post to renew my commitment to Activah!. One thing I noticed during that time was that I missed being connected to our Islamic Calendar. Knowing which month, which day. So, that is why I chose to start off with a "Weekly Focus: Faith" posting. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:07:33 EST new here Amirah85 salam wa alaykum everyone! my name is amirah i am a 26 year old SAHM to a 2yr old boy. i am an american convert living in Canada, married to an Algerian. i wear niqab as well lol. i joined this group just for support and friends inshallah. i do all my workouts at home and am currently doing a workout called turbo jam . i have lost 15lbs so far and would like to lose 60 more to get into the healthy range inshallah. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 16:48:45 EST New to team Its me again , joining this group too. Im connie from Tennessee a revert or provert for 6 years now. I live on a small farm, enjoy gardening sewing and my grandbaby. <BR> im very shy and quiet. <BR> Im determined to loose this weight i have gained , and so happy my son in law told me about spark people and so happy to see sisters here Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:16:19 EST K is for: Kheir <BR> <BR> Arabic for Good Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:52:52 EST J is for: Jazak Allah Khairan <BR> <BR> for expression of thanks <BR> <BR> Translation: May Allah reward you with blessings Tue, 20 Dec 2011 23:27:21 EST I is for: Islam <BR> <BR> Submission to our creator Allah, Exalted is He. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 23:19:06 EST Salaam Alaikum sisters!!! Hiii, I started this weight loss journey two years ago. Back then my thyroid was underactive and no matter what efforts I made for weight loss, it was too slow to keep me motivated. Alhamdulillah I didn't give up. The doctor just started me on a higher dose of my medication Subhannah Allah, and I have noticed the difference. I just finished weigh loss challenge with Nadoona (Islamic non profit organization that promotes healthy relationships with food and encourages to revive the Sunnah o... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:38:16 EST H is for: Help <BR> <BR> We all need help. <BR> <BR> Ask Allah, swt, to help you in all you do. <BR> Offer help to your Activah! sisters, encourage them. <BR> Accept help from those who offer. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:42:56 EST Alphabet Soup con't December Muharram Lets continue our Alphabet Soup postings this month and isa, we will finish all 26 letters by Dec 31st. <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:38:27 EST Happiness: Are you a quitter? As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> Well, so many times over the past months I've tried to regain my zest for exercise and health. Each attempt would start strong, only to fizzle out shortly afterwards. It finally resulted in my avoiding SparkPeople and my Activah group . How could I be a group leader and post encouragement to members, if I myself was struggling? <BR> <BR> It was always in my mind to keep trying and I coined a phrase "you are only a quitter if you decide to quit".... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:31:02 EST Muharram Activities Salam sisters :D <BR> <BR> What's your plan for this Muharram? New year, new activities, new goals? <BR> I plan to do as voluntary fasting on Monday and Thursday and also 10th Muharram. It's said that for 10th Muharram, it's best to accompany the fasting day with before or after the day so that not similar with the Jewish practice. I'll try to find strong hadith or Islamic historic or something like those to support this quote. <BR> <BR> I also restart my plan, began on 1st Muharram. I was ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 21:15:15 EST G is for: Gazak Allahu Khair (may Allah, grant you goodness) <BR> <BR> this phase is commonly used to thank someone, and can be spelt in English with a G or J. <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:15:57 EST F is for: Fi Amanillah <BR> <BR> a way of saying good-bye <BR> <BR> Translation: May Allah protect you Tue, 8 Nov 2011 19:46:25 EST E is for: Eid Saeed <BR> <BR> Wishing all of you a blessed Eid! <BR> <BR> May these days of Eid be filled with happiness and laughter. <BR> <BR> Any other "E" Words? <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 14:53:35 EST Fitness: Lifting Covered As salam aliakum sisters, <BR> <BR> Thought you might find this interesting. A Muslimah who is competing in weightlifting. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Not only a talented athlete but she has a Phd in Computer Engineering. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 08:06:22 EST D is for: D is for Dua <BR> <BR> Today, the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is a day for the best supplication. Sister Ahmarrose posted in our dua section awhile back the following: <BR> <BR> The prophet peace be upon him said: <BR> &#1582;&#1610;&#1585; &#1575;&#1604;&#1583;&#1593;&#1575;&#1569; &#1583;&#1593;&#1575;&#1569; &#1610;&#1608;&#1605; &#1593;&#1585;&#1601;&#1577;&#1548; &#1608;&#1582;&#1610;&#1585; &#1605;&#1575; &#1602;&#1604;&#1578; &#1571;&#1606;&#1575; &#1608;&#1575;&#1604;&#1606;&#1576;&#1... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 07:39:54 EST Health: Breakfast As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I posted Breakfast for a B word in our Alphabet soup forum. Afterwards I read a great article speaking of the importance of Breakfast and thought It would be great to share it here in our weekly focus. It is written by Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer and a contributor to Spark People. Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=827 </link> <BR> <BR> Earlier this year, in April I posted abou... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:58:45 EST C is for: C is for Consistency <BR> <BR> This is key in trying to bring about successful change in your life. <BR> <BR> “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are the most consistent of them, even if they are few” <BR> (Al-Bukhari no. 6464 and Muslim no. 2818). <BR> <BR> Let us try, isa, to implement consistency in our adaptation of a healthy lifestyle. Try to do small changes that you will keep doing, week in, week out. <BR> <BR> At the same time, try also to incorporate small changes to your l... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:36:24 EST Faith: Dhul-Hijjah first 10 days As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> We are just past the mid-way point of the fist 10 days of the blessed month of Dhul-Hijjah. <BR> <BR> The first 10 days of this month are the most blessed days in Islam. The most blessed nights are the last 10 days of Ramadan. <BR> <BR> May Allah, swt, grant us the ability and blessing to excel in the remaining 4 days. <BR> <BR> Let us make the most of the remaining days by doing what we can from the following: <BR> <BR> WHAT TO DO DURING THE 1... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:51:23 EST B is for: B is for Breakfast <BR> <BR> You all know that this is the most important meal of the day. Personally I don't like to eat upon waking, so I start with a hot drink, usually milk, then, an hour or two later, have breakfast. <BR> <BR> Here is a hadith regarding milk: <BR> <BR> Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu): Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) was presented with two cups one containing wine and the other milk on the night of his night journey at Jerusalem. He looked at... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 15:57:14 EST A is for: ALLAH (Most Glorious and Praised). <BR> <BR> Our purpose in this life is to worship Allah, swt. We can do that by leading healthy, productive lives. Worship is in many forms. Our bodies are truly a gift from Allah, swt, and let us take good care of that gift while we have it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:23:02 EST Alphabet Soup November / Dhul-Hijjah As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This month, isa, we will focus on the letters of the Alphabet. Some of you might remember as a child having alphabet soup. Taking the letters and trying to make words etc. <BR> <BR> For each letter, isa, I would like us to come up with motivational or relevant words that relate to our Healthy Islamic lifestyle goals. Isa, I'll keep this as a sticky topic at the top and then, make a separate post for each letter. I hope our members will all join in on... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:19:17 EST November / Dhul-Hijjah Renewal As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Well, time for me to take my own advice. I've always told sisters who are finding it hard to get back to a healthy lifestyle to just start slowly to make adjustments and to rely on Allah, swt's help. <BR> <BR> So, I ask Allah, swt, to help me in my quest to renew my activity level and to be an Active Activah! leader. <BR> <BR> This is a team and our therefore, all members are encouraged to be active and improve on whatever level of health and fitnes... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:40:08 EST November / Dhul-Hijjah Renewal this is a repeat post please ignore Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:39:41 EST Faith: Fasting the six days in Shawwal??? As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Do any of you plan to fast the six days of Shawwal? Have any of you missed days in Ramadan and need to make them up? If you've answered yes to these two questions, then a third one arises........... Which days can you fast first? <BR> <BR> You might also wonder if you can combine the two. Lets get some feedback on this, with relevant proofs if possible, isa. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Wed, 7 Sep 2011 19:27:25 EST Shawwal / September: Days of the Week Lets learn the days of the week in Arabic. <BR> <BR> Sunday Yawm Al-A&#7717;ad &#1610;&#1614;&#1608;&#1618;&#1605;&#1615; &#1575;&#1604;&#1571;&#1614;&#1581;&#1614;<BR>&#1583;&#1618; <BR> <BR> Monday Yawm Al-Ith nayn &#1610;&#1614;&#1608;&#1618;&#1605;&#1615<BR>; &#1575;&#1604;&#1573;&#1616;&#1579;&#1618;<BR>&#1606;&#1614;&#1610;&#1618;&#1606;&#1<BR>618; <BR> <BR> Tuesday Yawm Ath-Thulaathaa&#700; &#1610;&#1614;&#1608;<BR>&#1618;&#1605;&#1615; &#1575;&#160... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 19:20:29 EST Shawwal / September: Back to Basics As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Now that we have past Ramadan and the joyous days of Eid, time to get back to basics. Most of us really had to adjust our schedules during Ramadan and hence might have dropped some basic fitness and health habits. So, lets focus this month on basics. I'll start off with one, then, isa, other sisters will add their thoughts and isa, by the end of the month, we will have a small list of basic health and fitness habits to include in our daily lives. <BR> ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 19:11:26 EST Ramadan Faith: Final Days of Ramadan as salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> we are now experiencing the final remaining days of Ramadan. We want to do our best in these remaining days. Here is an idea for you all to do without leaving your homes. It can be done even while you are on your menses. It can be for only an hour or more. want to know what it is? The answer below is taken entirely from a webposting, link will be at the end. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Performing I'tikaf on the last 10 days of Ramadan <BR> <BR> <BR> Ai... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 17:49:59 EST Ramadan Faith: One week over, plan to improve! As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> By the grace of Allah, swt, we have completed one week of Ramadan. 7 days have past, have you established a routine yet. Do you feel that you could improve in a few areas. I sure could. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a few schedules to help you get the most from Ramadan. Choose the one you like the best, print it out and follow it this week, isa. You can even customize the list by whiting out some things and writing in your own. <BR> <BR> <link>htt... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 12:13:44 EST Ramadan Health: A short animation As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Here is link to a short animation made by "Productive Muslim". It is titled "Don't make Ramadan an Eating Contest". <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Wed, 3 Aug 2011 11:49:59 EST Ramadan Fitness: A Mulimah's plan As salam aliakum sisters, <BR> <BR> This month our focus is on Ramadan. I liked to draw your attention to a great blog written by a fellow SP member. She has written out a detailed plan for herself in Ramadan. Now, we all won't be able to be so ambitious, but why not cheer her on, and try to take some of her ideas and modify it for yourself. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4393274 </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 12:40:58 EST Ramadan / August Month of Qur'an As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> Isa, this month, we will all be reading our Qur'ans. The Qur'an is a miraculous book from Allah, swt. Everytime I re-read it, I always find new ways to look at things, or new understandings etc. My son, told me it is full of layers that the more you read it, the more you uncover it's layers. <BR> <BR> Let us focus on reading and gaining insight into this Glorious Book. This forum is where, isa you can share something special you felt as you rea... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:41:03 EST Ramadan / August Not fasting?? As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> Some of us may not be able to preform the fasting this month. This is by the design of Allah, swt. We should accept His decree and wisdom in this. It is not a time to be down, or sad, rather, embrace this time, and fill it with Faith-Boosting activities. This forum is focused on that. Whether you are fasting or not, you can post here your ideas to help those sisters who are not fasting with ideas of acts of worship they can preform. <BR> <BR... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:30:54 EST Ramadan / August Eat to Live As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> The beautiful blessed month of Ramadan has arrived. How exciting it is for all of us!!! <BR> <BR> Some might be wondering how they are going to exericse and eat healthy during this month. If we just focus on following the example of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon Him) and place our emphasis faith, then, isa, we'll be able to control our desires. <BR> <BR> That is why, I've titled this Forum Eat to Live <BR> <BR> This is a month of Fasting. ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:26:31 EST New member from Atlanta Asalamu alaikum sister, <BR> <BR> Mashallah I am so happy that I found this group. I joined SP three days ago after following some great videos on youtube. A little about myself: 23yrs old, Married, No kids as of now but inshallah, senior yr in college( I student teach starting this august inshallah). Inshallah I look forward to meeting new sisters, especially sisters that may live close by! <BR> <BR> Asalamu alaikum Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:53:19 EST Shabaan Week3: Words from the Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry for not posting last week. I've again have trouble with my time management hyperfocusing in one area, resulting in neglecting other important duties. <BR> <BR> So, alhamdulilah, lets get back on track with an extra word this week. Since isa, Ramadan is just around the corner, i've chosen astronomical words from the Qur'an. <BR> <BR> &#1575;&#1604;&#1576;&#1585;&#1608;&#158<BR>0; <BR> &#1571;&#1585;&#1590; <BR> &#1575;&#1604;&#1602;&#1605;... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:04:30 EST Health Milk, Why should be drink it? As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Recently I read an article discussing the benefits of milk. The Prophet, (peace and blessings be upon him), said: <BR> <BR> ~~~....When he is given milk to drink he should say: O Allah! bless us in it and give us more of it, for no food or drink satisfies like milk.~ Sunan AbuDawud Book 26 #3721. <BR> <BR> Milk is packed full of vitamins and minerals which are essential for maintaining healthy bodies. We all know it contains Calcium, a key ingredient t... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 07:40:49 EST Happiness: What's in a Smile? As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I recently read an posting on FB about smiling written by ISister. Here is is: <BR> <BR> Asalaamu alaikum sisters! Hope you are all in good health and iman &#9829; <BR> <BR> <BR> Every Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Saw is beautiful and today I will be discussing about another Beautiful Sunnah of our Prophet Saw that is Smiling. if you smile you are doing a Virtue and following Sunnah of Prophet Saw. Prophet Muhamad Saw,s face was always full ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:41:00 EST What's your favorite Facebook group? Salamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> I think this must be my first time posting in the group, but I just came across a new facebook group that inspired me :) In my search for a good summer hijab style, to help with the heat, I found a facebook greoup called Nadoona. The group is a support group for women who want to loose weight. The real reason I got excited is they have some 'modest' workout clothes on their website. It is hard to find things that work for me when I want to workout outdoors. Th... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 15:59:26 EST Shabaan: Week Two: Words from the Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This weeks words are the names of 5 mountains named in the Qur'an. <BR> <BR> (&#1575;&#1604;&#1580;&#1608;&#1583;&#16<BR>10;) <BR> (&#1575;&#1604;&#1605;&#1585;&#1608;&#15<BR>77;) <BR> (&#1575;&#1604;&#1589;&#1601;&#1575;) <BR> (&#1593;&#1585;&#1601;&#1575;&#1578;) <BR> (&#1591;&#1608;&#1585; &#1587;&#1610;&#1606;&#1575;&#1569;) <BR> <BR> Reference page: <link><BR>tain </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> S... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 00:28:24 EST Shabaan: Week; General vocabulary As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Now, sister samar, I'm the one who is late posting. Please put the words you chose for this week, here isa. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Fri, 8 Jul 2011 00:22:41 EST Fitness: Periformis Syndrome As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> As you all know I had some back trouble recently, or so I thought! I was diagnosed with a pulled muscle, so my husband encouraged me to do research to find out exactly which muscle. Well, it turns out that there is a small muscle deep in the buttock that has the sciatic nerve passing in, or around it. When this muscle (periformis) is too tight, or enlarged, it can cause symptoms of sciatica. It is an underdiagnosed problem, as most people associate sci... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 19:56:59 EST Faith: A simple Request for Dua As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I received the following request in the email from a close friend. May we all find time to pray for this sister, Sana. <BR> <BR> A FATHER'S REQUEST FOR DUA <BR> <BR> <BR> HEALTH -JUST A REQUEST FOR DUA!!!!! NOT FOR MONEY.... <BR> <BR> JUST A REQUEST FOR DUA!!!!! <BR> <BR> From Zubair Mahmood <BR> <BR> Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatahu <BR> <BR> My daughter Sana , 26 years old mother of two (1 ½ year old son and 3 ½ month daught... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 15:20:04 EST July/Shabaan Team Activity; Prepare for Ramadhan As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> What a blessed day it is, a Friday and the first of Shabaan. <BR> <BR> Isa, This month we'll focus on preparing for Ramadhan. It is important for ALL members, those of you can fast, and those who will take the gracious allowance provided by Allah, swt and not fast for various reasons, illness, menses, etc. <BR> <BR> By planning from now, isa, we will all have a very productive Ramadhan. <BR> <BR> Those who are not fasting may wonder, what the... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:29:47 EST Shabaan: Week One Words from the Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Here are this weeks vocabulary words from the Qur'an. They are four metals and one mineral mentioned in the Qur'an. <BR> <BR> (&#1605;&#1607;&#1604;) <BR> (&#1584;&#1607;&#1576;) <BR> (&#1581;&#1583;&#1610;&#1583;) <BR> (&#1601;&#1590;&#1577;) <BR> (&#1610;&#1575;&#1602;&#1608;&#1578;) <BR> <BR> the sites below were used for reference: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l </link> <BR> <link> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:45:17 EST June Week Four: General vocabulary As salam alaikum sister Samar, <BR> <BR> Please post this weeks general vocabulary words here, isa. <BR> <BR> Jazak Allah Khairan <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:45:46 EST ramadam? i was just wiondering if you are doing ramadam this year or not and if not for what reason.iwas at the dr´s today and the subject of ramadam came up.she is really against me doing it ,not the not eating she is ok with that but the not drinking.especially as i plan to be the whole ramadam in tunisia inshallah.she against me not drinkingg here but doubly against me not drinking in such a hot land that i don´t know what to do.i haven´t done ramadam the last three years because of one being pregn... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:24:32 EST June Week Four : Words from the Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, and especially sister ahmarrose, <BR> <BR> The eagarness and energy you exude sister samar is so encouraging. Here are this weeks five words. The theme for this week is animals in the Qur'an. <BR> <BR> (&#1602;&#1585;&#1583;) <BR> (&#1580;&#1605;&#1604;) <BR> (&#1576;&#1602;&#1585;&#1577;) <BR> (&#1603;&#1604;&#1576;) <BR> (&#1590;&#1601;&#1583;&#1593;) <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> sister Winnie Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:49:15 EST June Week Three: General Vocabulary reposted from sister Ahmarrose: <BR> <BR> <BR> &#1602;&#1591;&#1577; qetah cat <BR> &#1581;&#1589;&#1575;&#1606; hesan horse <BR> &#1580;&#1605;&#1604; jam’al camel <BR> &#1581;&#1605;&#1575;&#1585; hemar donkey <BR> &#1576;&#1602;&#1585;&#1577; baqara cow <BR> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:19:00 EST Health: How to Keep the Weight Off As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I read this article, thinking oh great, some new tips and shortcuts. But once I started reading, I slowly felt it was describing me. It was a bit depressing really, all the reasons that cause older women to gain weight. But in the end they did give solutions for how to combat the middle-age bulge. Now, before you younger sisters start saying, oh, it's not for me, hold on, shouldn't you read it and alert yourselves to how your body will change in the f... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 17:31:42 EST Faith: Knowledge and Guidance is like Rain As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This week, I am sharing a hadith that I received via email from Khadejah Jones <BR> <link> </link> . <BR> <BR> The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: <BR> <BR> "The example of guidance and knowledge with which, Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil, absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. <BR> <BR> (And) another portion of it was hard ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:42:30 EST June Week three : Words from the Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> first apologies to Ahmarrose for my delay in posting this weeks words, I have been a little unwell, but getting slowly better, alhamduillah. <BR> <BR> So this week, we'll take 5 words from Surah adh-Dhuha <BR> <BR> satisfied <BR> orphan <BR> lost <BR> poor <BR> favor <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> sister Winnie <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:23:43 EST Salaams Salaams, just found this group and I am excited about it. I am a 29 year old Muslimah trying to get healthy. I am currently in school and working as the same time. But I have recently taken a big decision to start working part-time instead for the next three months and use the rest of of my newly freed time to start exercising. InchaAllah, I will be starting next week as this week is my last full week working full time. <BR> It is my new commitment: I am just gonna take some time off and d... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:08:38 EST Hello everyone! My name is Carina, and I'm currently located in Toronto. (I'm moving from Canada to the UAE in August, though, something I keep meaning to write about in my SP blog and haven't gotten around to yet.) <BR> <BR> I'm a convert, have been since August 2009, and I mainly interact with other Muslims through online forums. My fiance is Muslim (has always been), but most of my other friends, and all of my family, are not. I'm really looking forward to moving to a majority-Muslim country where I hope... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:53:38 EST June Week Two: General vocabulary re-posted from Ahmarrose: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salam sisters, <BR> these are the words for today, <BR> <BR> Team &#1601;&#1585;&#1610;&#1602; fareeq <BR> Physician &#1591;&#1576;&#1610;&#1576;/ &#1591;&#1576;&#1610;&#1576;&#1577; tabeeb (male) / tabeebh (female) <BR> Nurse &#1605;&#1605;&#1585;&#1590; / &#1605;&#1605;&#1585;&#1590;&#1577; momared (male) / momareda (female) <BR> Operation &#1593;&#1605;&#1604;&#1610;&#1577; amaleyah <BR> Emergency &#1591;&#1608;&#1575;&#1585;&#<BR>157... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:55:57 EST Fitness: 6 ways to maximize your exercise As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I read this article and isa will take it's advice. Although, i've been walking regularly, I've slacked a bit on my other exercises, the article is short and simply expounds on the following six principles: <BR> <BR> 1. Don't look in the mirror when exercising <BR> 2. Pick your own peak time <BR> 3. Write it down [very easy using either the fast track or fitness tracker] <BR> 4. Exercise for the love of it, not for "results" <BR> 5. Be flexible <BR> 6. ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:52:59 EST Faith: Basic Reference ~ Islamic Terms and Phrases As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> I found this stie and have been enjoying using it as a reference. I thought you might all enjoy having a look. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ic-phrases-terms/ </link> <BR> <BR> Azhak Allah sinnaka [May Allah keep you cheerfu]l <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:40:18 EST June Week Two : Words from the Qur'an As salam alaikum, <BR> <BR> In keeeping with last week's theme taking words from Surah ash-Shams, Sister Samar, could you please provide us with the arabic spelling and transliteration for the following five words contained in verses 6-10. <BR> <BR> earth <BR> wickedness <BR> righteousness <BR> succeeded <BR> failed <BR> <BR> <BR> Jazaki Allahu Khair (May Allah reward you with blessings) <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie <BR> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 06:03:02 EST June Week One: General vocabulary Assalamo Alukom, <BR> today General Vocabulary <BR> <BR> &#1588;&#1580;&#1585;&#1577; Shajarah tree <BR> &#1608;&#1585;&#1583;&#1577; wardah rose <BR> &#1586;&#1607;&#1585;&#1577; zahrah flower <BR> &#1585;&#1576;&#1610;&#1593; rabeea spring <BR> &#1578;&#1585;&#1575;&#1576; torab soil <BR> <BR> if any one request any words please just ask or put an English words and i will inshallah put the meaning in Arabic <BR> salam <BR> samar <BR> <BR> (re-posted by sister Winnie) Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:21:42 EST June Week One : Words from the Qur'an As salam alaikum, <BR> <BR> Sister Samar, could you please provide us with the arabic spelling and transliteration for the following five words contained in the first five verses of Surah ash-Shams. <BR> <BR> sun <BR> moon <BR> day <BR> night <BR> sky <BR> <BR> Jazaki Allahu Khair (May Allah reward you with blessings) <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie <BR> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 22:53:31 EST Happiness: Are you quick to draw conclusions? As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Recently there was an arabic story online posted by a friend on FB, that I wanted to share with you all. I used google translate to allow me to share it with you all in English, <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> sister Winnie <BR> <BR> <BR> The old man was sitting and with him , his son at the age of 25 years in the train. <BR> It seemed a lot of excitement and curiosity on the face of a young man who was sitting next to the window. <BR> <BR> His ... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:54:08 EST June Team Activity: Read Chapter 1 of Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This month, isa, we will focus on Chapter One in the Qur'an. Let's all try to read it in English, and for those of you who can, also in Arabic. Lets, isa, post here our observations and thoughts as we read. <BR> <BR> This isa, is to be done gradually over the entire month, isa. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:40:15 EST Fitness: How to Do 500 fitness minutes this month As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This topic is for both new members who are just starting out and the more experienced members. <BR> <BR> The experienced members can share here their ideas on how the new members can reach 500 fitness minutes this month. This can include tips on how they personally manage to acquire mega minutes. I personally want to know how Ahmarrose and Ever-hopeful do it! <BR> <BR> The newer less active members can post questions here on how to become more active... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:30:18 EST Health: Allah's Pharmacy As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> The following article was so packed with information, I thought, maybe I should break it up into parts, but then again, thought, no want to send it out so you can all enjoy. I especially bring your attention to Milk, Honey and Water. <BR> <BR> May Allah, swt, bless us and allow us to truly learn about, benefit from, appreciate and consume the wonderful things He created for us. <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie <BR> <BR> <BR> Milk : <BR> <BR> The Prophe... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 17:42:35 EST Faith, tonight, isa, the start of Rajab As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> Tonight is truly a blessed night, not only being the start of our weekly ‘Eid, but also, the beginning of the Sacred Month of Rajab. This month has been called Allah’s month. <BR> <BR> Rajab is a prelude to the month of Ramadan, which follows after the intervening month of Sha'ban. Therefore, when Muhammad (PBUH) sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words: <BR> <BR> &#1575;&#1604;&#1604;&#1617;&#1607;&#160<BR>5;&#... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 17:06:36 EST Answers: May Quiz One, choose the correct word. 1. c <BR> 2. a <BR> 3. c <BR> 4. b <BR> 5. a <BR> 6, b <BR> 7. a <BR> 8. a <BR> 9. a <BR> 10. c Tue, 31 May 2011 12:33:41 EST May: Quiz One, Choose the correct word As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Here is the first Quiz, isa, hope to make some more. You can see an online version at the following link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a6dnrci2-RngRxtFXEpmwr8-Dt-Ab_B_vHUB4H<BR>NCMMk/edit?hl=en_US&authkey=CIrt_Ts </link> <BR> <BR> Activah! vocabulary for May, 2011. <BR> Quiz One, Choose the correct word. <BR> <BR> 1. school <BR> <BR> &#1605;&#1587;&#1580;&#1583; masjed <BR> &#1593;&#1614;&#1604;&#1605; allam... Tue, 31 May 2011 12:30:58 EST May: General vocabulary and word from the Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Here is a recap of all the words that we took in May; 29 in total. You can see more details on them by looking in the vocabulary forum. <BR> <BR> General vocabulary; <BR> <BR> house ( bayt) &#1576;&#1610;&#1578; <BR> room (ghorfa) &#1594;&#1585;&#1601;&#1577; <BR> street (shareea)&#1588;&#1575;&#1585;&#1593; <BR> table tawela &#1591;&#1575;&#1608;&#1604;&#1577; <BR> <BR> &#1603;&#1578;&#1575;&#1576; ketab (book) <BR> &#1605;&#1583;&#1585;&#1587;&#15... Tue, 31 May 2011 12:26:29 EST Happiness: she lost over 250 lbs (113 kgs) As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This lady represents my philosophy about dieting. Watch the video and isa, you will get inspired, to continue on your journey to a healthier "you". <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5190586#25190586 </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> sister Winnie Wed, 25 May 2011 21:19:36 EST Fitness: The Single Best Exercise for Weight Loss As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Intriguing title, don't you think? You opened this hoping to learn a short-cut or major secret to help you in your journey to better fitness. <BR> <BR> Well, to keep up the suspense, the above was a title from a SP article written back in April 2011. <BR> <BR> So read the article if you want the answer, here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_single_best_exercise_for_weight_loss_<BR>and_fitness </link> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 25 May 2011 20:43:42 EST Health: Fenugreek aka "helba" As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I recently bought some "helba" from the supermarket. I haven't done much with it since though. I researched it online and came up with this nice website that discusses the health benefits of Helba. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ealth-benefits-of-fenugreek-seeds/ </link> <BR> <BR> The first benefit is ~Maintaining proper balance of cholesterol levels. Now, they say, take 50 grams a day. I measured out 50 grams and it is e... Wed, 25 May 2011 20:38:06 EST Faith: Adhan from Mecca As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> I was shown this video earlier in the week, and I wanted to share it with you all. Insha Allah, swt, you will all enjoy seeing this unique perspective of the Adhan being called in Mecca. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>453138131609&comments </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> sister Winnie Wed, 25 May 2011 20:26:14 EST Faith: Taqwa Adopt a "Taqwa Lifestyle" As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, Sister Kareema (aka ever-hopeful), brought our attention to the word "Taqwa". <BR> <BR> I just read an article online that suggested we adopt a "Taqwa Lifestyle" <BR> <BR> Here are a few excerpts; <BR> <BR> ~~~........Some of us may not understand what to do next and we may get stuck in the abyss of hopelessness because we no longer know how to fulfill our needs. How do we call onto Allah subhanahu wata’ala to help us? What change... Wed, 18 May 2011 22:05:18 EST Fitness: Pilates As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I tried Pilates. I was impressed with how graceful the moves are, yet, I could see how they really work the muscles. I thought I would share with you all a video that Coach Nicole made discussing the 7 main principles of Pilates : <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=998 </link> <BR> <BR> In short, she touches on: <BR> <BR> 1. Align and Lengthen <BR> 2. Position of the shoulders should be drawn ba... Wed, 18 May 2011 17:05:15 EST Health: Ginger As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a short article discussing ginger. I enjoyed reading it and thought I would share it with you all. Do any of you use ginger? If so, how? Do you notice any benefits? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>c/56/53936/health-benefits </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> sister winnie Mon, 16 May 2011 23:40:00 EST Happiness: Halal Video Recipes in English As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This weeks posting is a little different. It is a link to an online site that my daughter sent to me. It is a lovely site packed with video recipes done by a delightful Muslimah. I encourage you to have a look and see if her site brings a smile to your face. I started with the mousaka recipe, which turned out great, alhamduillah. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> and here is a direct link to the mousaka video: <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 16 May 2011 23:19:46 EST Vocabulary As salam aliakum sisters, <BR> <BR> Ahmarrose has offered to help us with our arabic. <BR> <BR> Isa, she will post words (english, arabic trasliteration, arabic), then, isa, I'll post the audio for them. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are links for the four words ahmarrose choose with audio pronounciatioin. <BR> <BR> house ( bayt) &#1576;&#1610;&#1578; <BR> <link><BR>A/#ar </link> <BR> <BR> room (ghorfa) &#1594;&#1585;&#1601;&#1577; <BR> <link>www.forvo.c... Fri, 6 May 2011 10:26:50 EST May Team Activity: Unusual Ways to Exercise As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> Hope you all are well. I thought this month, we might try as a team to amass a list of unusual ways to exercise. Not everyone can use equipment, or get to a gym. Yet, there are many regular and irregular activities that are part of our daily lives that could count as exercise and consequently Spark Fitness Minutes! <BR> <BR> Please post here, isa, and let us know what you did, and if possible how many calories burned. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> ... Fri, 6 May 2011 09:52:06 EST Health: Calcium Food Calculator As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> This month SparkPeople has a calendar that focuses on tips for building better bones, Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=845 </link> <BR> <BR> So in keeping with that theme, this week, I would like to share with you all an interactive online calculator that will help you analyse your typical daily calcium intake. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ulator/defaul... Sun, 1 May 2011 21:15:49 EST Story of a young Girl reciting Ayat-ul-kursi As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Just read this and immediately had to share with everyone. Truly beautiful and heart shaking! <BR> <BR> AsSalam Alaikum WaRahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu. <BR> <BR> The following is a true incident happened. <BR> It was reported in a local paper in Rochdale (A town, northeast of Manchester), of a young woman who was raped in a small dark alley (a narrow passage between buildings) one evening. On a separate evening around the same time, a young Muslim girl... Sun, 1 May 2011 17:26:08 EST Happiness: Just a Mom! As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Now, some of you are moms, some are wanting to become moms, some are aunts and all of you are daughters, so thought I would share this lovely little story that was in my email archives. <BR> <BR> JUST A MOM? <BR> <BR> A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. <BR> <BR> She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. <BR> <BR> 'What I mean is, ' explained the rec... Sun, 1 May 2011 09:00:53 EST Faith: Secret to Self-Con tentment As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I read the following on and thought it would be great for our weekly focus on faith. <BR> <BR> Secret to self-contentment <BR> <BR> The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said what means: ”Riches does not mean, having a great amount of property, but riches is self-contentment.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book #76, Hadith #453) <BR> <BR> Self-contentment is a blessing of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) that He bestows on His servants who are righteous a... Sun, 1 May 2011 01:01:55 EST Free Course to Learn Qur'an As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> A friend of mine brought my attention to a site that is offering a free course in learning Qur'an. This offer is for a limited time only. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Insha Allah, some of you might have an interest in such a course. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Sun, 1 May 2011 00:40:00 EST Fitness: Tricep Dip As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This week I thought I would share with you a video by a muslimah demonstrating how to do a tricep dip with four different variations. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Sun, 1 May 2011 00:31:17 EST Faith: Repentence (Tawbah) As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> Thought I would share with you all an important part of worship. Asking Allah swt, for forgiveness. <BR> <BR> Here is an except from "The Ideal Muslimah" facebook page: <BR> <BR> &#8206;"The state of repentance, tawbah, is at the beginning, the middle and the end of all states of submission to the will of Allah. The servant who seeks the pleasure of Allah never abandons tawbah. No one can hope for success, except: those who make tawbah. Allah says... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:30:27 EST Happiness: A Young Couples search for Happiness As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I read this story online and thought I would share it with you all: <BR> <BR> There was a young couple who led a very happy life together. The only thing that they worried about was, whether their happiness would last forever or would they too would have to face problems. <BR> <BR> One day, they heard that a wise old man had come to town; he could solve all kinds of problems and guide people. So the couple decided to visit the wise old man and tell him... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:20:19 EST Health: 8 unhealthy snacks ~ 8 easy alternatives As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> unhealthy choice: <BR> 1. Chocolate Coated Donuts, Mini Donuts, and Snack Cakes <BR> healthy alternative: <BR> 1. Toasted 100% Whole-Wheat English Muffin with Peanut Butter <BR> <BR> unhealthy choice: <BR> 2. Snack Pies <BR> healthy alternative; <BR> 2. Nutritious Nut Mixes <BR> <BR> unhealthy choice: <BR> 3. Mega-Butter or "Movie Theatre" Microwave Popcorn <BR> healthy alternative: <BR> 3. 94% Fat-Free Microwave Popcorn <BR> <BR> unhealthy choice: <BR>... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:24:53 EST Fitness: Strength As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> You might have expected to see a post on how to incorporate weight training into your weekly routine. Well, althougth that is extremely important and beneficial........ this week, lets think of strength training in a different light. There is something we can all do nightly that will provide us with enourmous strength, a gift and blessing from Allah, (exalted and most high). <BR> <BR> Here is a direct except from an article I read online: <BR> <BR>... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:22:36 EST Happiness: The fastest way down! As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This weeks posting is a link for a very short video. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=player_profilepage </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Mon, 11 Apr 2011 17:15:40 EST Health: Morning Nutrition, Get a Healthy Start As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Recently I read an Article written by a Muslimah post -graduate student in Nutrition and Health. I thought i would share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rition-routine-the-start-of-your-day/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here are a few excerpts from the article: <BR> <BR> "....eating healthy and regularly is extremely important to your wellbeing and in fact neglecting this can be detrimental to your health, mind, and ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:20:41 EST Fitness: House Cleaning As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Now that I am settled in a new home, no maid here in Canada, my daily routine has changed greatly. So, I started to see the correlation between housework and exercise. I did a quick search and came up with this list: <BR> <BR> Cleaning windows: 40 calories for ten minutes <BR> Scrubbing floors on: 50 calories for ten minutes <BR> Vacuum cleaning: 40 calories for ten minutes <BR> Dusting: 30 calories for ten minutes <BR> Mopping: 40 calories for ten minu... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:06:34 EST Faith: Good Deeds As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This week I am posting a hadith about good deeds. Allah, swt, is so gracious to His servants, that merely intending a good deed can be rewarded. <BR> <BR> Narrated Ibn Abbas (R): The Prophet (peace be upon him) narrating about his Lord said, <BR> <BR> “Allah ordered (the appointed angels over you) that the good and the bad deeds be written, and he then showed (the way) how (to write). If somebody intends to do a good deed and he does not do it, then A... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:52:13 EST Introduction As salaamu alaikum, <BR> <BR> I just joined a few days ago. I just posted on another sisters group. Trying to find as many muslimahs as possible insha'Allah. Hope to chat with you all soon. <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 7 Apr 2011 13:05:26 EST Dua's As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> The following is taken from a post on Facebook, &#1575;&#1604;&#1604;&#1607;-Daily Reminders-&#1575;&#1604;&#1604;&#1607; <BR> <BR> Want a beautiful dua to memorize: <BR> <BR> &#1585;&#1614;&#1576;&#1614;&#1617;&#160<BR>6;&#1614;&#1575; &#1570;&#1578;&#1616;&#1606;&#1614;&#1575; &#1601;&#1616;&#1610; &#1575;&#1604;&#1583;&#1615;&#1617;&#1606;<BR>&#1618;&#1610;&#1614;&#1575; &#1581;&#1614;&#1587;&#1614;&#1606;&#1614;<BR>&#1577;&#1611; &#1608;&#1614;&#1601... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:14:47 EST Fitness: Increasing your metabolism As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Metabolism varies from person to person. You know there are some people who no matter what they eat they never gain weight, yet others have much slower meatabolic rates and hence gain weight easily. I would like to share a short informative slideshow that discusses 10 ways to boost our metabolism. Here are the basic points: <BR> <BR> 1. Do Strength Exercises <BR> 2. Rev up your workout <BR> 3. Drink more water <BR> 4. Drink ice-cold beverages <BR> 5... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 23:31:12 EST Arabic Dictionary and Vocabulary As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Recently a friend gave me a link to an online Arabic/English Dictionary: Al Mawrid. I have the book in hard copy and it is very heavy. This online version is a real nice electronic reference. Here is the link: <link><BR>rbaal.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Now, I think that the dictionary will be more useful to the advanced student of Arabic, but don't be intimidated, It is arranged by the Arabic letters, therefore Eng... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:57:44 EST Faith: Beating the Blues with Shukr As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> The topic this week is actually the title of an article I read today that I wanted to share with you all. It discusses the issue of "thankfulness to Allah, swt" as a way to prevent negativity creeping into our lives. Below is a short excerpt from the article: <BR> <BR> "Of course there are days when we simply feel inadequate when compared with others. However shukr or thankfulness becomes all the more important here, because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala rem... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:43:46 EST An April Team Activity: 30 Super Healthy Foods As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I have been thinking of a team activity that isa, will get all the active members involved. Below is a list of 30 super healthy foods. At first I thought that we each would take the month to eat/try them all. But then, I thought better, lets do this as a team. If we post a food from the list as we eat it, then, isa, we will as a group do all the foods in a shorter period. Periodically, I'll update the list to summarize foods eaten and those left to tr... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 08:34:57 EST Asalaamu Alaikum Asalaamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> My name is Assiya. I am a revert to Islam, Alhamdulillah. I am here because I have decided it is time for me to make a change in the way I live. My goal is to loose 70 pounds. I hope through this team I can meet sisters who I can chat with and inshaAllah form a supportive network. Please feel free to add me or message me. =) Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:47:23 EST Health: Did you know that Hummus is a super-food? As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I was pleasantly surprised to learn this week that Hummus, a common food for Middle Easterners is really a super-food. It is more than just mezze. This article starts off by telling us a little history of hummus, then explains why it is so healthy. Then it gives tips on how to incorporate it into our diets and finally it provides a nice recipe to try. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hummus-recipe-and-health-benefits </link> ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:28:39 EST Fitness: Top 10 Fitness Facts As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I saw this slideshow and wanted to share it with you all. It briefly discusses the following 10 top fitness facts. <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise Boosts Brainpower <BR> 2. Movement Melts Away Stress <BR> 3. Exercise Gives You Energy <BR> 4. It's Not That Hard to Find Time for Fitness <BR> 5. Fitness Can Help Build Relationships <BR> 6. Exercise Helps Ward Off Disease <BR> 7. Fitness Pumps Up Your Heart <BR> 8. Exercise Lets You Eat More <BR> 9. Exercise Boosts ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:23:16 EST Faith: Reflections on Death As salam alaikum dear sisters, <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I read the following article. It concerns a young sister (a journalist) who recently died from Cancer at the age of 25. I was very moved by the way she spoke of her disease, her acceptance of it and her goal for each day she had remaining here on earth. If you have the time, read more postings from her blog, as they are so heartfelt. May Allah, swt, grant her forgiveness and a place in Jannah. <BR> <BR> <link>seekersguidance.o... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:16:40 EST Happiness: Ripping paper is so much fun!! As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I watched the following video and knew immediately it would be this weeks happiness posting. Guaranteed to make you smile, isa. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:09:10 EST Once Again!!!!! As salaamu alaykum: I am new to the group but not to SP. I moved to Egypt in December of 2010 and eating Egyptians bread, I feel that I gain all my weight back. I love Egypt, alhamdulillaah, but I need to get some control over my eating habits. This group seems to have a lot of motivation,and Allah Knows Best, which is what I need. I tried to count calories but everything seems to be in Arabic which seems to be a major draw back for me, not knowing the language. My exercise habit has also g... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:29:32 EST Assalam Alaikum I am MrsAdeel from Jeddah Saudia but basically from Pakistan, I am alhamdulillah married since 3 years and want to get pregnant, I have hormonal Imbalance and my gyna told me to loose weight.So I have to loose 50 pounds. <BR> <BR> Sisters I am here just to keep track of my weight loss, i.e. Just Nutrition and Fitness track is important for me, so as we have tickers on our pages, anyone knows that if the ticker move on its own, once we set it ,or if we have to move it again and again manually... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:59:26 EST Fitness: An Elliptical can strengthen your core As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I use an Elliptical frequently, and wanted to share a tip I discovered a while back, some of you may already be aware of it. When going at a slow speed, don't hold the handles. That way you will be strengthening your core, staying in balance while moving. <BR> <BR> Ma salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Sat, 5 Mar 2011 14:11:00 EST Health: Foods for healthy looking skin Competition As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> This weeks weekly focus for health is a challenge. I read an article recently which listed 20 foods that are good for healthy skin. So I thought, lets try this week to eat every food on the list. <BR> <BR> They are: <BR> <BR> Water <BR> Green tea <BR> Cantaloupe <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Berries <BR> Plums <BR> Sweet Potatoes <BR> Brocolli <BR> Spinach <BR> Carrots <BR> Low Fat Dairy <BR> Omega3 Rich Fish Dishes <BR> Flax Seeds <BR> Walnuts <BR> Grapefruit ... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 13:59:52 EST Faith: Du'a for Waking Up As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> When we wake up in the morning one of the du'as we can say <BR> <BR> "‘All praise is for Allaah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection." <BR> <BR> "Alhamdulillah allathi ahyaana, ba'da ma amaatana, wa ilayhi an-nushoor" <BR> <BR> &#1575;&#1604;&#1581;&#1605;&#1583;&#160<BR>4;&#1604;&#1607; &#1575;&#1604;&#1584;&#1609; &#1571;&#1581;&#1610;&#1575;&#1606;&#1575; &#1576;&#1593;&#1583; &#1605;&#1575; &#1571;&#16... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 13:38:26 EST Intro to this Arabic Forum As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Isa, I hope this forum will be a place where both those who speak Arabic and those who want to learn Arabic, can come together. <BR> <BR> The Arabic speakers can be our experts to answer questions and post info. <BR> <BR> The English speakers can post their questions in regards to learning and speaking Arabic. <BR> <BR> Isa, I will also occasionally be posting links to various free websites to which cater to learning Arabic. <BR> <BR> Isa, we can ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 16:55:42 EST Happiness: The pussycat who keeps trying As salam alaikum, <BR> <BR> This is the first posting in our happiness section. Isa, every week I'll post something found on the internet that I hope will bring a smile to your face. Today's posting is a link to a short video about a pussycat called Maru, who loves cardboard boxes. He keeps trying to enter them. <BR> <BR> ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 16:34:37 EST group name change As salam alaikum, <BR> <BR> There is a website and facebook group with the name fitmuslimah, which is so close to our group name. Since our group is not affiliated with them, I thought that it was not nice to have such a similiar name. So for now, I put a new name, a little long, but I think it describes the theme of the group. I rewrote the group description as well. Also working on a new logo for the group. I have made the group private and isa, members will be by invite. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:52:00 EST Doha prayer As salam alaikum, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to suggest a great addition to your morning workout. Try praying 2 rakah's doha prayer after your workout and shower. It is a really nice routine to start. <BR> <BR> wa salam <BR> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:36:25 EST The value of time The blessing of time is one of the greatest blessings that Allaah can bestow upon His slaves. Allaah even swears by time in some cases, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): <BR> <BR> “By Al&#8209;‘Asr (the time)” <BR> <BR> [al-‘Asr 103:1] <BR> <BR> - because of the importance and blessing of time. <BR> <BR> And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Make the most of five things before five others: life before death, health before sickness, free time befor... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:29:37 EST Finding Barakah in our daily activities As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be nice to create more Barakah (blessing) in our lives. Would you like to have more time in the day, accomplish more with less effort. I speak from experience that there is a great treasure just waiting for you to discover. <BR> <BR> Some ways to increase Barakah in our lives: <BR> <BR> Start by making an intention at the beginning of your activity. <BR> Invoke Allah`s swt, blessing. <BR> Ask for His help in doing the activity. <BR> T... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:39:04 EST As salam alaikum As salam alaikum everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined SP in January, and have learned many beneficial things in regards to exercise, fitness, recipes, etc. I just turned 50 in Feb and have embarked on a new phase in my life. One of attention to health and fitness. Two months into this lifelong journey, I have by the blessing of Allah, swt, surprised myself with the positive changes that have occurred. <BR> <BR> I look forward to interacting with sisters, providing and receiving support to/from... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:03:39 EST The blessing of Water, a gift from Allah, swt As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I've been slowly educating myself on fitness and health since joining SP. One major surprise to me is the huge benefits we receive from drinking enough water everyday. Supan Allah!! <BR> <BR> Allah, swt, provided us with the perfect drink. I was not a water drinker, always having a soda. Over the past month, my focus on exercise has naturally reduced my craving for soft drinks and slowly, I have increased my intake of water. Isa, I will be postin... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:07:15 EST strength in a group As salam alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> I'm currently in Egypt and thought I would share with you all one thing I learned in these past few days: <BR> <BR> Having a support group to talk with and interact with is a real moral booster. I felt so isolated without the ability to post and chat with friends about diet and exercise. ( I am a member of a small online group, outside of SP.) <BR> <BR> Alahmduillah, I managed to keep up my exercise, though I really missed the online video's to guide... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 07:00:07 EST Assessing the active members in this group As salam alaikum everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently joined SparkPeople and came across this group. Since it was in need of a co-leader, I thought I would give it a go. I am new to exercising and this website. I am as they say, "learning on the job". So, I thought for starters lets see how many active members we have in our group. <BR> <BR> Ma'a salama <BR> <BR> Sister Winnie Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:57:54 EST salam Just wanted to say salam! I'm new to spark and lovin it. I'm so glad there's a place for sisters Sat, 6 Nov 2010 02:36:12 EST exercise during ramadam though at the moment i am banned from exercise by the dr i am hoping that i will be able to exercise again before ramadam is over.just wondering how everyone will be getting their exercise in.are they going to keep doing it during the day if that is their usual practise or after iftah or get up extra early to do it just after subrah(spelt wrong i think).as i live in a block of flats i am not allowed to exercise too early or too late as it will destrub my neighbours under me unless of coarse i... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 02:25:56 EST Yooohooo? Anyone home? Asalaamu 'alaykum sisters, <BR> I just wanted to see if we can get this board more active, its very quiet, I can hear crickets chirping. :) I hope everyone is well insha'Allah and I know we are all so very busy in our lives but if you have two minutes stop by and support sisters and get support. <BR> Fi Aman Allah, <BR> Meg <em>134</em> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 17:33:46 EST Contact on IM with sisters? Asalaamu 'alaykum sisters, <BR> I am looking to connect with sisters on her and to be able to chat on Yahoo or MSN messenger to keep support and friendship and sisterhood. I hope this is ok to post. My Yahoo ID is and my MSN ID is I would love to connect with any sisters. Jazak Allah khayr! <BR> Mehgan Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:05:50 EST as salaamu alaykum My name is Aminah Graham and I am new here at Spark and while I was filling out some other stuff I ran across this group so I decided to join your group too! <BR> I hope to stay accountable that much more inshaAllah. <BR> I am just happy to be in the company of muslim sisters trying to do the same thing I am,alhamdulillah. <BR> wa salaamu alaykum <BR> Aminah Sun, 17 Jan 2010 23:18:10 EST New sister! Asalaamu alaikum everyone! I am glad to find this group...I have been doing sparkpeople for about a month now and, alhamdullilah, I am steadily losing and am getting a new outlook on many things because of it. I have about 30 more lbs. to go insha Allah. emoticon <BR> <BR> A little about me: I am a teacher in inner-city public schools in Memphis....will be moving to the DC area in August and I am hoping to get a job in an Islamic school there. My husband is a wonderful bro from Indonesia and... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:48:39 EST New sister! Asalaamu alaikum everyone! I am glad to find this group...I have been doing sparkpeople for about a month now and, alhamdullilah, I am steadily losing and am getting a new outlook on many things because of it. I have about 30 more lbs. to go insha Allah. emoticon <BR> <BR> A little about me: I am a teacher in inner-city public schools in Memphis....will be moving to the DC area in August and I am hoping to get a job in an Islamic school there. My husband is a wonderful bro from Indonesia and... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:48:34 EST New sister! Asalaamu alaikum everyone! I am glad to find this group...I have been doing sparkpeople for about a month now and, alhamdullilah, I am steadily losing and am getting a new outlook on many things because of it. I have about 30 more lbs. to go insha Allah. emoticon <BR> <BR> A little about me: I am a teacher in inner-city public schools in Memphis....will be moving to the DC area in August and I am hoping to get a job in an Islamic school there. My husband is a wonderful bro from Indonesia and... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:48:29 EST New sister! Asalaamu alaikum everyone! I am glad to find this group...I have been doing sparkpeople for about a month now and, alhamdullilah, I am steadily losing and am getting a new outlook on many things because of it. I have about 30 more lbs. to go insha Allah. emoticon <BR> <BR> A little about me: I am a teacher in inner-city public schools in Memphis....will be moving to the DC area in August and I am hoping to get a job in an Islamic school there. My husband is a wonderful bro from Indonesia and... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:48:24 EST I'm new! Salaam, <BR> <BR> My name is Molly and I'm a convert from Minnesota. I'm married to an Egyptian and have recently moved back to the States after living in Egypt. I thought that I would lose weight overseas and I did initially (walking to the souq, walking to catch taxis, climbing to my mil's 6th floor walk-up apartment, climbing to my sil's 6th floor walk-up apartment *wheeze*,) however I soon discovered Medinat Minawara and their roz bi laban (gamed geddan!!) and I got used to eating either... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 00:58:51 EST Fasting the day of Aashura As Salaamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> I just want to send the salaams and those of us that are fasting these days, May Allah accept my fast and yours, Ameen <BR> <BR> On the authority of Abu Qataadah, may Allah be pleased with him, "The Messenger of <BR> Allah, prayers and peace be upon him, was asked about fasting on the Day of `Aashooraa. So he, <BR> prayers and peace upon him said, `it expiates (the sins from) the previous year'" [Muslim <BR> 1977] Sun, 27 Dec 2009 12:01:47 EST As Salaamu Alaikum As Salaamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> I just want to do a short intro Insha'Allah...My name is Safiyyah, I am really unhappy with myself so far as how I let myself get to the point that I am in right now, Masha'Allah. I use to follow SP a while back and I have to say I was doing really well following the meal & exercise plan Masha'Allah until my husband & I without any notice had to take custody of our 2 week old nephew, we had to adjust to a newborn being in the house adjusting to his schedule...lo... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 15:15:18 EST As Salaamu Alaikum Sisters! I am Razia and I am 44. Insha' Allah(SWT) we can all accomplish our goals here and become an active team! Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:41:34 EST Im disappointed that we are not a more active team Salam everyone and wake up! We have an opportunity here to give support and encouragement to people who need it. Come on! lets get talking,discussing and motivating are we all so content that we can do it on our own? Who's with me? Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:08:41 EST inshallah inshallah we all stay on the path to better health and most important the path of islam...good luck Sat, 3 Oct 2009 05:31:54 EST assaalamu alai to this team but not sp. assaalamu alai kum i just wanted to introduce myself to all thoes on this team who don´t know me from any of the other teams i am islamic name is karima and my given name karen.alhamdullah,i am a revert.i am 44 years old and live in münchen,bayern with my husband and my three sons who all have special needs.and like everyone else on sp i am trying to loose weight and get a healthier lifestyle,inshallah for myself and my children.i hope with joining this team to give and recieve support... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 07:04:00 EST Salam everyone Assalamu alaikum sisters :) I'm new here to spark people, although not new to losing weight :(, which I'm always struggling with. This time I want to stick with the program insha'allah. Nice to meet all of you here!! Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:42:08 EST New here Salam alaikum ladies, <BR> <BR> My name is Ranya and i moved to the Emirates nearly a year ago. <BR> <BR> I am a yo yo dieter and want to change. I want to lose weight and be healthy but at the same time I don't think I can do it. I lost weight twelve years ago and it has crept back. Feel as if I can't get back to my same frame of mind. <BR> <BR> I joined but don't know how and where to start. <BR> <BR> I sometimes tell myself God gave me a body that i need to look after. But i seldom thi... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:32:56 EST Track Your Daily Steps HERE!! Asalaamu Alaikum Sisters!! <BR> <BR> Sister ZowjaAli created a goal for FitMuslimahs of 5,000 steps a day! <BR> <BR> Come here every day and tell us how you are doing on that goal, even if you didn't do 5000 steps. <BR> <BR> It's only 1pm here, but I've done 500 steps so far. <BR> <BR> I intend to do more because I have to do laundry later. <BR> <BR> How many steps did YOU do today? Sun, 12 Apr 2009 13:17:50 EST Assalamu alaikum Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, <BR> I'm Kate from WI. I'll be joining you all, inshaAllah! <BR> Fi aman Allah Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:14:24 EST Count Your Blessings This blog is for posting reasons to be grateful...the reasons are totally up to you and can be anything from "I got a new car" to "I have eyelashes to keep the dust out of my eyes". Share your ideas because you never know how you may raise someone else's consciousness to the blessings that are in their own life. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 20:27:12 EST Salam Salam Alaykom sisters..I'm so happy to have found a team for Muslim Sisters. I'm 41 and have 5 children. I have been fit till 10 years ago I started gaining weight without me caring..then one day I looked in the mirror and I was surprised ...Anyway..I started sparkpeople about two weeks ago ..never heard of it before far I lost 8 pounds and got about 52 lbs to go! <BR> All the motivation i could get is appreciated. I need lots of motivation to get up and excercise I'm just two busy and ... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 02:33:19 EST As Salam Alaikum!!! I am a New Member Salams dear sisters. I am new to you. I live in Milwaukee, WI. Where are you all living? <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2009 22:59:38 EST Are We Going To Keep Getting Ripped Off????? As salaamu alaykum <BR> That's what I'm asking where is everyone? I can't believe that the Muslim women are not movitated in this aspect. Do we not realize that getting our body in shape helps us in our worship to Allah. <BR> We, and I talk to myself first, are being ripped off by our enemy the shaytain. <BR> I am so guilty of this, in regard to losing weight,exercise and the likes this area. Allah tells us that the shaytain makes things seems fair seeming. <BR> Do we come up with these... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 09:26:01 EST Asalam Wailakum Asalam Wailakum, I am new and I am so greatful to have found a site for muslim sisters. I didn't even know a team existed on sparkpeople now I love sparkpeople even more.Thanks I have been lacking in my weight loss but I expect to be back on track this week. It's Ramadan but I am going to try to work out as much as possible and hope I can keep from dehydrating. isha Allah <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2008 13:40:45 EST HJC - 1st day of Ramadhaan 1429 – Monday 1 Septemb HJC - 1st day of Ramadhaan 1429 – Monday 1 September 2008... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha'baan (1429 A.H.), in accordanc... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 09:19:25 EST As salaamu alaykum As salaamu alaykum; akhawaat. <BR> I am so please to see a SparkTeam Page for the Muslims. I've been Muslims for a long time, al-humdilillaah, and I'm always please to be with akhawaat in person, by phone or by computer. <BR> I do need help staying motivated. Every now and then I go into a slump. Insha Allah that will stop. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:09:49 EST 2 days til 1st race! I only started running in April, but I know I am ready. I ran my 4mile training loop 3 times last week, no problem. This week I have taken it easy, only 2 light runs on the treadmill. I know I am prepared and I have no doubt that I can do it. <BR> <BR> But, I still have a bit of the jitters. I am so excited and nervous and excited. I guess I just wanna ask for some love people, support, encouragement, anything you have to offer. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much, and I will be sure to post a de... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 11:57:08 EST SALAM Asalam alaikum sisters.. <BR> I have been in this group for a few days but this is my first post :( <BR> Well I am 35 years old I am the Mother of 2 great kids, my Daughter is almost 13 and my son is 33 months now, my Husband is from Tunisia and I have been a muslim for over 14 years now. I came across this spark page while looking for other muslims trying to lose weight, and I am glad I found it. I have lost about 55 pounds so far and I want to lose 30 more to be at my real goal of 140. I a... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 11:20:42 EST Alsalam Alakom hi i'm juju <BR> a sister from Saudi Arabia <BR> i happily found this website to help me lose weight.. and the best thing i found lots of sisters in the west to meet. <BR> <BR> i hope we all lose the weight we want :) Mon, 26 May 2008 06:12:33 EST Free Flat Earth Chips asalaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi <BR> <BR> I love these and wanted to pass this. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> asalaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi Mon, 4 Feb 2008 11:55:39 EST Free South Beach Diet Kits <link><BR>ureAddress.iphtml?item=100056&source=f </link> Wed, 16 Jan 2008 09:32:04 EST Assalamu Alaikum...I ntroduction Assalamu Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> I just joined Sparkpeople and created my spark page. Alhamdulillah I found this team. Inshallah I will find a lot of support and motivation from you all. I am 33 and have 2 wonderful daughters. I have recently left my job as a teacher to stay at home with my youngest. With all this time I am focusing on my health. <BR> Sat, 12 Jan 2008 14:07:00 EST Hadith Salaams, Here is a Hadith that I just wanted to share with my sisters. <BR> <BR> ALLAH is the creator of the universe and He can do anything even if it <BR> is hard to believe! Our knowledge is limited and we can not think <BR> something beyond our knowledge and experience. <BR> <BR> Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) said: "When a <BR> man dies and his relatives are busy in funeral, there <BR> stands an extremely handsome man by his head. When the <BR> dead body is shrouded, that man ... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 02:07:44 EST 500 Minute Monthly Challenge - SparkAmerica Let get up and get moving Muslimahs! Use this blog to keep track of your daily/weekly fitness minutes. Our goal would be to each do at least 500 minutes of fitness a month which averages around 125 minutes a week. Sound reasonable? Sounds like fun?!?! :) I'm in how about you? Sat, 29 Dec 2007 18:20:19 EST What did you you do for your body today? Use this blog to share all that you did for your body today. It doesn't matter if it was cardio, strength training, or swapping out that chocolate cake on the dining room table for a bowl of bananas strawberries and yogurt (low fat of course). :) Just share your win for today...Remember it's all about the small wins that add up to the big victory! <BR> <em>211</em> <em>135</em> <em>67</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2007 12:22:34 EST Daily Water Challenge OK Muslimah, <BR> <BR> Now's the time to get that water intake up. All you have to do is log your water daily. Use the water glass under the "add emoticon" button for a little jazz. :) <BR> <BR> The daily goal is 8 glasses. Here's to you! <em>194</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2007 03:08:59 EST New Beginnings Here's a space for you to write about your new or re-newed commitment to loving yourself by improving your fitness. Talk about your daily successes and the challenges you faced throughout the day maintaining your commitment. Be forgiving for your mistakes and know that Allah loves you. :) Tue, 25 Dec 2007 03:01:21 EST Ma Salaama Salaams, I'm new to this team and I just wanted to give Salaams and introduce myself. <BR> I'm very happy to be appart of this team with other Muslim ladies. Mon, 3 Dec 2007 01:39:04 EST Iftar Recipe Swap Share a quick fix recipe that's sure to please the crowd after a long day of fasting. We often do more visiting with family and friends at this time and everyone could use some new ideas for winning dishes to share at the next Iftar! Tell us your favorites!! Thu, 13 Sep 2007 22:57:16 EST Ramadan: A fit mind and a fit body. Knowing that during the month of Ramadan we will be fasting during the daylight hours. Its not the time to begin a new diet or cut back on the proteins we get in the evenings. Still, there are ways to include some light exercise in the evening or early morning before suhur. Give us your suggestions! Sun, 2 Sep 2007 00:42:22 EST As Salaamu Alaikum! My name is Nadiyah and I live on the east coast. I have to be honest and say that I got the team name after attending a wonderful conference in CT. The sister that organized the conference is DYNAMIC and I pray Allah she has continued success! <BR> <BR> I was so motivated after attending the Fit Muslimah conference that I committed to changing my lifestyle with regards to nutrition and fitness, which is how I came upon Spark People and have been participating ever since! Yes, its only b... Tue, 28 Aug 2007 22:06:37 EST