Saudi Champagne



Saudi Champagne is a refreshing cocktail drink served throughout the Kingdom. You will find this drink on the menu in every nice resturaunt and people usually make in at home during holidays. It’s a pretty simple mix and I have seen it made several ways. I prefer to use sparkling white grape juice for mine, but you could use any type of sparkling water or juice. I always layer my ingredients and finish with mint on the top so it goes apple, oranges, mint and then repeat that order one more time. It’s also best to leave the drink in the refridarator overnight so that all of the flavors can meddle together.

1 bottle (1.5 liters) of sparkling white grape juice
1 red apple, diced
1 orange, sliced
3/4 cup fresh mint

1. In a pitcher add apples, oranges and mint. Pour juice over the top. Add lid and place in the refridarator.

Yields: 6 cups (1.5liters)

Eid Mubarak


Eid Mubarak friends! Can you even believe that Ramadan is already over? Time goes by so fast that I cannot seem to keep up. Tonight for our last iftar I made Moroccan Harira and it was delicious. I just got finished cleaning the house up and I went ahead and set the table up for our Eid breakfast and added a little Eid sign that Talal made as well as our fanoos and magic lamp. We’re planning on having pancakes, shakshouka, beef bacon and fruit salad. I also just made a pitcher of Saudi Champagne and we will also have Saudi Qahwa.

We always get take out from a local Yemeni place for our Eid dinner and then my husband drops Talal off at the mall so we can buy our gift gifts ourselves which we love. I was too impatient and already have them my gifts. I bought my husband a few new shirts and Talal two toys with some candy. The next day of Eid we always go out to eat and the take Talal to play the evening away. Last year we got to spend the holiday in Dubai and I am already missing that, but I think regardless of where you’re at you can make Eid special in some way.

I sincerely hope that Allah accepts all of your fasting and prayers from the month of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak once again. If you want to read a bit more about the Eid traditions in Saudi read this on my personal blog.

Zamzam Water


My husband bought a box of zamzam water for us from the mosque a few nights ago. The font of the water states that the Quran has been recited over the water. The water was a gift from Allah to Prophet Ismail, peace be upon them, when he cried of thirst as his mother Hajar looked for water by running between the hillocks of Safa and Marwa. She did this until Allah, in His graciousness, ensured that water started gushing out from under his feet, and Hajar started moving the sand to protect the water, saying “Zamzam, Zamzam, Zamzam, Zamzam,”. The name Zamzam originates from the phrase Zomë Zomë, meaning ‘stop flowing’.

The scholars (may Allah have mercy on them) agreed that it is mustahabb for pilgrims on Hajj and ‘Umrah in particular, and for all Muslims in general, to drink Zamzam water, because of the saheeh hadith in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam drank the water of Zamzam. According to the hadith of Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said concerning the water of Zamzam, “It is a blessing, and it is food that satisfies.”

There are many hadiths as well as studies that state how good zamzam water is. Zamzam water has also been treated by ultraviolet rays, and microbes have no place to survive in it, which means that Zamzam water preserves its taste and is not a congenial environment for bacteria.According to various chemical analyses, dry weather make: Zamzam more saline through evaporation, which is, with Allaah’s might, good for the human body.

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