One Day in the Haram: Documentary

British Pakistani Director Abrar Hussain, has just released his film documentary on one of the most busiest and holiest places in the world: “One Day in the Haram”.

One Day in the Haram has been premiered in Dubai, Birmingham and London. The viewing we went to was on Saturday 20th January 2018 in London at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End, London.

The documentary revealed all the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes at Makkah, Saudi Arabia. For Muslims, this was an excellent opportunity on what goes on around in the sacred house of Allah SWT. For non-Muslims it was an opportunity of a lifetime to see Makkah as the holy place is non-permissible for non-Muslims to visit.

The Director Abrar Hussain has told us that there was a very long waiting list for the premiere both in London and Birmingham and they possibly may do another screening. However if you miss that chance then don’t worry it’ll be soon aired on Amazon Video at some point this year.

See the trailer below:

Whilst we was there the charity organisation Islamic Help which helped organise this premiere also did a fundraising element for Orphans to travel to Umrah. Alhamdulillah they raised over £65,000 in that premiere click here to donate and see the video below to learn more about this amazing cause.


Islamic Learning for the Early Years

One of the most important duties of being a Muslim mother is to instill Islamic values and teaching into our children from a young age. It can be overwhelming when you may already have a lot to do but trying to fit in some dedicated time for Islamic learning  doesn’t have to be difficult at all.

You can begin with a few minutes each day or an hour once a week whatever works around your schedule. Be realistic but be dedicated.

“Mothers are great for activating the curiosity of young children. A mother is a child’s first creative teacher.”- Reed Markham, American Educator

Regardless of which stage you are at in your own Islamic learning it does not matter (as many of us are still learning and trying to improve as Muslims too). Just begin with something small each week and build it up.

Here are some recommendations what children under 5 could be learning:

  1. Understanding Allah: Mentioning and Remembering Allah
  2. Listening to Quran: Put Quran Tilawat and Nasheeds .
  3. Understanding Islamic Words: Bismillah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar etc.
  4. Understanding Duas: Reading Duas aloud and encouraging participation to talk to Allah through Duas.
  5. Prayer: Participating in the five daily prayers (salah) just by following movements.
  6. Arabic Alphabet: Learning the Arabic alphabet – this will help them recognise the letters when they progress onto the Noorani Qaida at Madrasah.
  7. Arabic Numbers: Learning the Arabic numbers – this will help them recognise the number in the Quran and verses etc.
  8. Arabic Vocabulary: Learning the Arabic vocabulary can be useful as children can then recognise the words from the stories in the Quran as they progress.
  9. Islamic Art: Using Islamic inspired art to encourage children in drawing, painting and colouring.
  10. Introduction to Juz Amma: This is more advanced to help prepare your child into Madrasah they should learn Surah Fatiha and the Four Quls.

Some Useful Links with Free Printables:

Arab proverb:

الأم مدرسة إذا أعددتها أعددت شعباً طيب الأعراق

“A mother is a school, preparing her is like preparing a good nation.”

New Year 2018 – Islamic Dates 1439

As the New Year in the Gregorian Calendar comes into the Year 2018, not only do we see the whole world celebrating the start of the New Year but also there will be a lot of New Year resolutions made. Some of these resolutions can range from eating healthy to being more organised, everyone has their own goals.

At Sahabiya, this year we want to focus on the Islamic Calendar and the significant dates which take place. The Islamic calendar (known as the Hijri calendar) is a purely lunar calendar. It contains 12 months that are based on the cycle of the moon. Because 12 synodic months are only 12 x 29.53= 354.36 days, the Islamic calendar is consistently shorter than a solar year, and therefore shifts approximately 11 days every year with respect to the Gregorian calendar.

We are currently in the Islamic Year 1439 AH (*After Hijrah) the Islamic New Year began on 21 September 2017 and will end on 10 September 2018. We feel it’s important to highlight the significant dates in the Islamic Calendar for you to jot down in your diaries:

  • Laylat al-Miraj – April 13, 2018
  • Shab-e-Barat – May 1, 2018
  • Ramadan – May 16 to June 14, 2018
  • Laylat al-Qadr – between June 3 and 13, 2018
  • Chaand Raat – June 14 2018
  • Eid al-Fitr – June 15, 2018
  • Hajj – August 19 to 24, 2018
  • Day of Arafah – August 20, 2018
  • Eid al-Adha – August 21, 2018
  • Islamic New Year – September 11, 2018 (1440 AH)
  • Day of Ashura – September 20, 2018
  • Milad-Un-Nabi – November 20 or 25, 2018

*After Hijrah (Hijrah means “migration” in Arabic. This refers to the migration that the Prophet Muhammad made from Mecca to Medina in the year 622 C.E., which marks the beginning of the Islamic Calendar).

Please note: All dates are subject to local moon sightings in your area please confirm with your local Masjid.