Ramadan Mubarak!

May Allah azza wa jall guide us all to the best of this blessed month, may He give is the strength and focus to fast with our eyes, tongues, ears, and hands as easily as with our stomachs, and may He bring us closer to Him and His Mercy. 

Amin. 

Snapseed vs…

So is the Workaround worth it? For some things, maybe… but it’s really just another image toy.

So here’s the Original.Snapseed Workaround|2|©JamesECockroft-20150417And here’s the Snapseed edit.Snapseed Workaround|1|©JamesECockroft-20150417Compare that to a similar edit from Enlight. Compare to Enlight|2|©JamesECockroft-20150417Pretty similar…

Except for the Glow filter in Snapseed (which I quite like), and all the borders and artistic filters and whatnot in Enlight (which I don’t much use), the apps have similar capabilities.

To tell the truth, Enlight is far more powerful, but it’s also $4. Snapseed is free. The Workaround might be worth it.

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Eid Al Fitr: preparations

Alhamdulillah today is the last day of the Holy month of Ramadan. It pains me to see it go, but all good things must come to an end, and if it’s true that “with hardship comes ease” (and we know that it is!, the converse is also true: with ease comes hardship.

During Ramadan, the gates of Heaven are opened, and the devils are chained, their whispers quieted. Once they’re freed, they’ll be back with a vengeance, calling us to all the wrong things, trying to pull or pry us away from worshiping God.

May Allah keep us steadfast, and may we stay reminded of His Judgment and His Mercy.

Tomorrow is Eid Al Fitr, one of the two major Muslim holidays. It is a celebration of the end of Ramadan, a sort of send-off if you will, and a reminder of the blessings and freedom Allah has given us.

One of the major parts of Eid is going out to visit neighbors and friends, of rekindling bonds and forging new ones.

In that spirit, while my darling wife was busy cooking a wide variety of fried sweets and savories, fresh yoghurt, and other traditional Bengali foods, I whipped up a batch of Granddad’s #1 Chex Mix.

Al Andalus won’t know what hit it InshaAllah.

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