A Mountain in the Lake District, for Water Wells in Yemen (Insha Allah)

Bismillahir Rahmānir Raheem.

Allahummabārik: may Allah bless my writing (and climbing) endeavours, as well as you, the reader. Āmeen.

Insha Allah — God-Willing — on the 14th August I am going to be partaking in a sponsored hike with the charity Human Aid, with the aim of raising money to put solar-powered wells in place, in Yemen.

This is, Insha Allah, going to be my first mountain climbed. [I mean, I’ve climbed up hills before, and I’m pretty sure I also bragged to the good people at primary school that I’d ‘climbed mountains’…]. And, in general, I’m not really (currently) someone who partakes in that much strenuous exercise (however, I will be training for this hike, Insha Allah, since without prior training, I would probably collapse after about twenty minutes of climbing).

Water wells in Yemen: a long-term investment. Water, as we know, is integral to our living. This counts as Sadaqah Jaariyah (a continuous charity).

If anyone saves one life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” — Qur’an, (5:32)

“Sadaqah does not decrease wealth.” — Muhammad (SAW) [Hadith (Muslim)]

“When a son of Ādam dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (a continuous charity), or knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him’.” — Muhammad (SAW) [Hadith (Muslim)]

I very much love mountains, Masha Allah, and I think we have a lot to learn from them. And from the general process — those heavily-used metaphors — of climbing them, the journey, and the togetherness of what it means to be Muslim. The views from the top (Jannah, Insha Allah. I hope to see you — and indeed myself — there. We should have a heavenly lunch together sometime). Mountains are also referred to, by Allah, in the Qur’an, a number of times. [This has been a random tangent. Thank you for your cooperation; it is mountainously appreciated].

Jazak Allah Khayr, thank you so much for your support… and please don’t forget to share online and/or send my fundraising page (linked below) to any friends you think might be interested in donating.


With Salaam, Sadia, 2021.

5 Ramadan Hacks to Improve Your Fasting Experience

This article is dedicated to my fellow Muslim readers who are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. Below, I have compiled a list of five useful hacks to better your Ramadan experience, especially as we approach the last ten days- the most blessed segment of the month. 

1) Have porridge and watermelon for Suhoor:

This hack is immensely beneficial. For Suhoor, I usually have a bowl of porridge, followed by a handful of berries and a few slices of watermelon. I then take two iron supplements with two glasses of water. Porridge has numerous benefits; it sustains me throughout the day, as it is very filling, and (being an excellent source of carbohydrates) releases bouts of energy throughout the day, thus ensuring continued optimal brain activity. Watermelon has similar benefits. This particular fruit is extremely hydrating, as 92% of it is water.

2) Set an alarm for each prayer:

Aim to pray on time; set an alarm for each prayer on your phone. You can even customise the sound to make the Adhan play for each prayer. After Salah, read a few pages of the Qur’an. Bear in mind that during this holy month, the rewards for each good deed are multiplied by 70- do not waste this opportunity!

3) Alter your timetable:

Daily life does not simply stop for Ramadan. We are still expected to work, sit exams and carry on with life as usual. That being said, due to Taraweeh, Suhoor and Tahajjud prayers, even the best of us can become sleep deprived during this time. Sleep deprivation has numerous detrimental effects on health, so should be avoided at all costs. The average human being requires approximately seven hours of sleep per night, but this can be divided into portions. During Ramadan, it is a good idea to have a long nap after Zuhr (i.e. after school), work at a leisurely pace between Asr and Maghrib, then carry on working until Fajr.

4) Make a good deed checklist:

Ramadan is, by far, the best time of the year to rack up on good deeds. To ensure that you use this time wisely, why not make a good deed checklist? After Fajr, make a list of good deeds you can do throughout the day. These can include smiling at people, helping an elderly person, giving charity and learning more about the faith by studying Hadiths.

5) Do Wudhu with cold water:

Going for hours on end without any renewed sources of energy can result in fatigue and lack of productivity, but this does not have to be the case. Cold water is a very effective way to wake you up, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be drunk in order to do so. Washing your face, forearms and other body parts with cold water during Wudhu can stimulate blood flow and wake you up instantly.

I hope these hacks will prove useful for you, and I pray that you enjoy and benefit from these last ten days as much as possible.

Sadia Ahmed, 2016