Teaching Our Kids the Attitude of Gratitude

By Fariha Asif

Thanks to Allah

Gratitude means being able to feel blessed for all that you have and if that displays in your everyday routine and your gestures that’s is an attitude of gratitude.

As Muslims we know how much Allah emphasizes on being grateful not only to Him but the people around us as well. As narrated by Abu Hurairah,Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said:

“Who ever does not thank people does not thank Allah.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi) (more…)

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Are Weekend Islamic Schools Important ?

By Rumina Rizvi

Islamic-School

As immigrants we bring with us a baggage of moral, social and cultural values along with religious and traditional values. In smaller nuclear family setups here, parents responsibilities increase as they have other important issues to tackle apart from raising kids with religion based education. As immigrants, people try hard to adjust in a new system and adhere to social norms of the society, it weakens the base for children to learn their religious beliefs and practices. So parents are under a lot of pressure. In today’s rapidly changing society it is not easy even for born Canadians to keep the right balance.  (more…)

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On Trend With Radiant Orchid

By Aaisha Zafar Islam

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2014
Pantone Colour Of The Year 2014

Every year, since 2000 Pantone has been coming up with a colour of the year to embody the global zeitgeist. The company has country representatives from around the world meet in secret twice every year, to decide on a colour for the coming year. The colours that have been named as Pantone Colour of the Year so far have been varied, encompassing shades of blues, reds and yellows. (more…)

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The Learning Curve: Getting To Know The Canadian Education System

By Muneezah Jawad Butt

Getting to know Canadian Education System
Getting to know Canadian Education System

 

As a new immigrant to Canada 15 years ago, little did I know that I would be spending considerable time educating myself in the education of my children. I didn’t know enough people who could guide me; in fact most of them were in the same boat!

How can you research something when you don’t even know what you are looking for? Here is a quick starter on the basics of what constitutes the education system in Canada. (more…)

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French Toast Workshop

By Kiran Asif

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Kids love to be part of cooking process. It has been observed that if involved during cooking, there are high chances of kids to eat and enjoy new food items. One can start with easy, kid friendly recipes and then advance to more complex recipes. Being mothers, we all have a challenge of making our children eat some vegetables. I try to involve my kids with daily simple task like making salad where knife use is minimal and preparation is easy. That is the reason they put salad in their dinner plates before the main dish. (more…)

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How to Obtain Your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
OHIP Photo Health Card

How to Obtain Your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

By Iman Khan

Every fresh immigrant or newcomer to Ontario is entitled to state-funded health care benefits, or the OHIP. While most of your healthcare needs are covered under this plan, services deemed unnecessary from a medical standpoint (e.g. cosmetic surgery) are not paid for. OHIP also does not cover dental plans, unless you are a family with a gross annual income of less than CAD20,000 in which case you may be entitled to other options.

Follow these easy steps to apply for your OHIP photo health card today! (more…)

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