My Sunday morning sugar rush…

Craving for something sweet (but not so sweet)… I found this remarkably delicious pistachio cake at the Simit Sarayi Bakery shop in Hayat Mall. While waiting for the rest of the shops to open, I sat down and enjoy my green-coloured breakfast. The sponge base is soft and moist, the icing is smooth and buttery and the grind of the nuts in the mouth is fulfilling. It is indeed a very satisfying treat to someone who has a sweet-tooth, at a reasonable price. A slice costs SAR 23. Fair enough to start my day with!

Najd Life

September 2016, I set foot again, in Riyadh. Yes, back to Riyadh after 11 years of absence. But this time, I was taken to a place known as Najd Compound. Very unusual, I said to myself.

The morning after gave me a better view of the place known as Najd. Clear skies, mild breeze and serenity. What a lovely place! It looks like a holiday resort (but not as grand as Benidorm).

People seem friendly and mostly polite. It is like a small village within the city of Riyadh. I consider it a haven, away from the hustle and bustle of my London life! To me, it is simple living… and more time to reflect, to plan ahead and to get organised. After all, the kingdom and its religion advocates SALAM…

The Night of Power

Do all of us know that, there exists a night which is better than a thousand months?

For us who have been residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we come to realize that Ramadan is the month which is most accounted for in the Hijirian calendar. This is so for a lot of reasons.

During this holy month, muslims from all over the world fast! Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and indulging in other physical pleasures for a certain period of the day. Fasting is endurance. And the reward of endurance is Paradise.

Fasting is an act of atonement for our errors and mistakes. Fast and the Qur’an shall intercede for the servant of Allah in the day of judgement. The angels are the ones asking Allah for forgiveness in behalf of the fasting person.

Allah, SWT, is so merciful that sinful souls are released from the hellfire during this month. The devils are chained and the gates of heaven are opened. Allah, SWT, has decorated the Paradise for the believers.

The change in the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better than the smell of musk in the sight of Allah, as this believer takes part in the observance of two pleasures while fasting. The two pleasures which a Muslim partakes are the time of Iftar (breakfast) and the time to meet his Creator.

Of all the virtues of Ramadan, consider this as the best of all… Ramadan is the month of Revelation. It was on the months of Ramadan that all the “Books of the Prophets” were revealed.

The Zaboor (Psalms) for Dawood, Torah (Ten Commandments) for Moses, the Injeel (Revelation) for Isaiah and the Holy Qur’an for Mohammed, peace be upon them. The revelations happened in the “Night of Qadr” which usually falls on the 27th of Ramadan.

Lailat’ul Qadr… a night better than a thousand months. It is the night of mercy, forgiveness and salvation. It is the “Night of Power”!