Every time I have a small problem in life, Allah always sends someone to remind me that there are those with much bigger problems. Recently, I was looking for a taxi to go from Makkah to jeddah airport. I declined a number of them without even asking the price. Believe me, it's come to a stage where I can guess the quote based on the car and just by looking at the driver...

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Riyadh has some of the most amazing reciters ever. Period.  This Ramadan, Alhamdulilah, I've had the opportunity to visit some of them for taraweehs.  Below are live recordings.  This post will be updated throughout Ramadan insha'Allah. UPDATE: All uploaded now and I know a couple are not from Riyadh. You'll enjoy them insha'Allah. Also, locations of the Masajid available on the blog if needed.

Just as we welcome Ramadan now, in 30 days’ time or so, if Allah gives us life, we will be looking back and feel a sense of regret… as we do year after year.  Regret that we did not do enough.  It’s the same every year.  So, what can we do to minimise the regret?  I say minimise because believe me, no matter what we do, there will always be regret of not doing enough.  Below are some personal tips on maximising our rewards during this blessed month:

I've never had a problem forgiving anyone throughout my life, except one person. My heart only ever found it difficult to forgive this one person for a number of years now. I've tried countless times before and even uttered words to say I've forgiven the person but deep down in my heart, I knew I hadn't.

One of the most amazing examples given in the Qur'an is the story of Ayyub (AS).  More importantly, the manner in which he made dua to Allah when he was tested.  Prophet Ayyub (AS), like other Prophets, was tested.  Allah (swt) gave him wealth, children and health.  Then, one by one, he lost his wealth, his children were taken away from him and his health deteriorated.  The only person to stand by his side was his wife.


For the first time in 6 years, if Allah gives me life, I’ll be spending a Ramadan somewhere other than Ramadan TV studios.  And the heart feels a little sadness. For the past 5 Ramadan’s, Allah blessed me with an opportunity to be part of a project which ranks right up there with the very best and most beloved projects I’ve ever been involved in.  But, as they say, all good things must come to an end and thus it was that last year, after 6 years of broadcast, Ramadan TV in UK came to an end. 
 


So I finally visited the Riyadh zoo!  Previously, every time I went, it was family timing and bachelors’ timing clashed with work so having almost given up on ever visiting it, a miracle happened.  I was given the opportunity to take two awesome kids out for a day and thought zoo would be a good place to start. O and then we went to King Abdullah Park and the following week was Riyadh Aviation Museum.