30 Days of Ramadan Challenge {Day 2: Smiles}

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98

Doesn’t get much easier than that.

Just because you are fasting doesn’t mean that smiling will kill you.  Wake everyone up with a smile. Serve iftar with a smile.  And please please please spread the cheer, please please please spare us your grumpy facebook status updates and tweets.  Smile at the kids.  Smile at the sales counter lady even if she was slow.  Just smile at everyone, smiles are contagious and they are a sunnah.

What happened today with my patience challenge?

If you are curious, I was quite patient, I could have been more patient, but then again it is an ongoing process.


How was your first day of Ramadan?

If you don’t know how to smile

  • Dont work in sales, no body likes a salesperson that doesn’t smile.
  • Don’t look at kids, they like being smiled at.
  • Don’t visit sick people, they need to be smiled at.
  • Don’t bother whitening your teeth, no one is going to see your teeth anyway.
  • Don’t take pictures, why torture the picture viewers.

Reasons you should smile

Your parents spent a fortune at the orthodontist and the dentist for you to have good teeth, now flaunt it.

It makes people wonder, have you found out their secret? Or do you have one of your own?

It makes you look nicer and more approachable.

It can actually alter your mood and make you feel happier.

Burns more calories, it takes more muscles to smile than to frown, get a lazy workout.

It’s good for your immune system.

Sometimes in the evening …

I turn on some music (Omar Faruk Tekbilek – One Truth Album), take out the coldest Diet Pepsi in the fridge and close my eyes and am amazingly moved to a different place in the world.  My own world, where I don’t change diapers, where I still have a high rolling career and where the breeze is fresh and the sun shines softly and you can hear the waves in the background.

You gotta be …

This is an old song (came out in the 90s) by Des’ree which has this upbeat, “life is good” feel to it. Please enjoy.

Sandstorms and castles

We were out last night with friends and suddenly it got all windy and dusty.  I know from experience with these sandstorms it has to get worse before it gets better.  Well this morning it really has gotten worse.  Here are some lovely photos from around the blog sphere.Sandstorm

Being the resourceful person that I am, I have several stay at home options:


  • Make playing card castles (yes this is my work, I used to love wasting time when I studied)



Smiles are contagious and are probably the single most amazing human visibly seen emotion that makes everyone feel super happy

Readers Digest has a list of the best 10 smiles in America, my favorite is #5 which one is your favorite?