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Ramadan- 5 Reasons I’m happy not Eating


Salam, peace 🙂

I hope that everyone is enjoying Ramadan.

Ok, I don’t usually write blog posts at all. I don’t have the words and usually don’thave the time to find any so the fact that I’m writing right now is solely because I kinda felt moved to do so. I really love Ramadan, it’s my favourite time of the year. So I’ll just get to the point before I lose the moment; why am I happy to not eat for around 18-19 hours a day for 29/30 Days?

Food gets more interesting
Now I REALLY love food but sometimes I’m just eating for the sake of it, because it’s lunch time or breakfast time or whatever. It can get a bit boring. Fasting for the whole day from dawn to sunset makes you appreciate the food that you get at the end of the day more.

I have more time
I don’t have to keep stopping for food or getting distracted by food breaks because there are none so I can happily get on with my work without having to think ‘oh I haven’t eaten yet’. It’s also easier for me to plan a meal because I will usually have an appetite for something. As a single muslim revert I am fortunate enough not to have to cook the Ramadan feast that some cultures practice each day so my meals are nice and simple alhamdolillah. I can cook a big pot of food and just freeze some for other days in the week. There’s also the choice of iftaar in the mosque where you can take food and share with others. My kids and I also like to make fresh smoothies and have a lot of fruits and yummy bagels with tasty fillings. Along with dates at the time of breaking the fast you can become full very quickly from a smoothie or soup.


I can save money
It’s really simple – eat less food=spend less money on food. I love to use my extra cash to give in charity during Ramadan.

I realise how blessed I am
As a westerner I have come to acknowledge that most of the eating I do is for pleasure and there’s nothing wrong with that when done within reason. However fasting these long days and feeling even more energetic and being even more productive than when I’m not fasting is proof that I can pretty much live on one meal a day or three very small meals. When I break my fast with even the smallest morsel of food I think about those who have nothing at all to break their fast with. There are so many people in this world surviving without the food that we carelessly throw in the bin. I am truly blessed. We are truly blessed. Alhamdolillah.

I learn discipline
Being around others who are eating or even being alone where no one can see you and you see food but have made the choice not to eat it makes me feel really strong mentally. The fact I can resist the temptation to have a bite of that yummy cake or ice cream. My children also fast of their own choice. I do encourage them to eat if they feel hungry but they are so determined to continue their fast that I can only admire and support them. At the time of breaking the fast I can tell they feel such a sense of achievement and then can’t wait to fast again the next day. Learning self restraint is very beneficial. As Muslims fasting should teach us to restrain ourselves from bad language, looking at wrong things and doing the wrong thing. Many times these things are a lot harder than not eating for 19 hours.

Well that’s all. Thanks for reading.

Happy Ramadan.



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Yezarck Catalogue for Syria Fund Raiser

As you know the crisis in Syria is getting worse day by day and many people are losing their lives, families and homes. There is also a dire need for food for those who manage to get to camps and other places of safety and the Syrian regime have deliberately closed bakeries and are targeting people who come to buy food.

I am desperate to do my best to help so I would like to raise £50,000 which will pay for 5 food trucks will will inshaAllah feed more than 5000 people for a month.

Ramadan is coming up. Just think how will they be spending it? SubhanAllah it is heartbreaking. Please if you are interested in my artwork then spread and share with your friends and contact me with your orders. ALL PROFITS are going towards my fund raising target for Syria.

Two Artworks Sold on Yezarcks Etsy shop $80 raised for Syria :)

Sold two artworks today on my Etsy shop. Its my first ever sale and the profit will be going towards food trucks for Syria inshaAllah . I ill be donating all my artwork until I reach my target inshaAllah (God willing. 🙂 Thank you Kirsty Maclean 🙂

Celebration Catering by Marna Swan

I met Marna Swan at the Beacon arts and crafts fair on 22nd September in Newcastle’s west end. I was more than tempted by the delicious treats that she had on offer, so I decided to try something different and I had a chocolate orange muffin. As a lover of cakes and expert eater of them I can say that it was absolutely delicious, beautiful flavour and just the right sweetness. The cream frosting was perfect too, it really went down a treat.

As a result of the craft fair Marna Swan will be catering for the coffee shop at the Beacon, so her yummy treats will be available to buy there. If you need catering in your home or a venue for an event and you live in the North-East you can contact Celebration Catering on: 01207 438931 or email:

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