Ramadan Kareem friends!

Ramadan is one of my favorite times of the year and I’ve honestly loved practicing it in a Muslim country, in my own space where I can decorate and practice in peace and quiet lol alhamdulillah I’ve been able to jet home just in time for Eid, but this’ll be the first in ages from start to finish with the entire famalam! definitely a lot more people, noise, and meal requests lol but looking forward to it nonetheless!

If you’re unfamiliar with Ramadan, here’s a quick run-down – also my 5 goals from a couple years ago in the event you’re interested in having a read!

With only a few days before the holy month, which is bound to be different for the entire ummah this year, thought we’d suggest a few ideas on how to make the most of this time at home. Easy suggestions that I’ll personally be trying to implement, but just because the world is cancelled atm, doesn’t meant Ramadan has to be!

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  1. I’m a big believer that Ramadan (and Eid) is all about the atmosphere you create in your space and within yourself. Create a space in your bedroom which is free from any distractions and can act as your little place of solace. Prayer mat, prayer beads, maybe some fairy lights (Ramadan lantern lights lol) somewhere you can retreat to at the end of the day to just sit and connect with God. – Would also suggest this in your common space/living room at home; since everyones at home, why not make that a little prayer hub gathering space for reading quran and praying!

 

  1. On the talk of prayer, lets all unmute that adhan app lel no more fumbling to turn it off as it it plays on loudspeaker on the train. Since we’re all home we can make more of an effort to actually pray every salah on time AND in jamat with everyone which is a win! (all about getting them god-points in!)

 

  1. Set up a playlist of Islamic lecturers and Quran reciters you’d like to listen to during the month, while you cook etc.; some of my faves are Sulaiman Moola, Mufti Menk, and Omar Suleiman for their lectures, and Omar Hisham Al Arabi for Quran (also if you have other suggestions please let your girl know!)

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  1. Set up a swear jar/bad word jar; this has always been a favorite of mine with friends and family lol any bad words you say means you’ve got to put in a dollar or two into jar. Just an easy and fun reminder to watch what comes out of our mouths, especially in this month; at the end of Ramadan donate the money to your favorite charity!

 

  1. Set a goal to memorize a new surah; obviously speaking to myself before I speak for anyone else, but I always make this intention and somehow never seem to find the time. We’ve got nothing but time now lol

 

  1. Having a grateful journal, notepad, anything to write in really; something you can keep by your bedside and jot in at the end of each day or each week. Ramadan is all about improving your character and the inside stuff, so keep track of the small things you’ve consciously done to achieve this. Maybe you stayed patient in a situation, maybe you didn’t raise you voice at annoying siblings, maybe you were about to say something unkind but stopped yourself; the more you’re consciously aware of these small changes, the easier it’ll hopefully be to continue practicing them after Ramadan!

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  1. Plan zoom iftars/futoors with your family/friends! Breaking fast with people and that sense of togetherness is another highlight we’ll all be longing for this month but we can try to make do as best as possible. Dress up, sit together, keep the virtual gang close, once adhan is called and everyone makes dua and opens fast together, I’m sure it’ll be just as special x

 

  1. Try and walk everyday! We do this with my family, especially after fajr which I love and it’s a grand way to get some exercise in instead of sitting after a meal and feeling blah. We’re so accustomed to going straight to bed after fajr or even tarawih because we’ve got to get up for work the next morning, but not anymore!

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  1. Don’t forget about charity! Ramadan is a month where any charity you give is doubled and gets you even more god-points than the usual. Totally aware that there are some people whose financial situation is a little grim at the moment given the current situation, but if you’ve got the ability to do, give as much as you can. Even if you know of a family who’s maybe been affected by the crisis or laid off and need a helping hand, that counts as charity! Offer to help, or leave a Ramadan care package at the door anonymously, we’ve all got to do our part where we can x There are also going to be loads of accounts on Instagram fundraising for projects both at home and abroad which are also great avenues to donate to; I always try and diversify my charity and give a little to various places, but a little goes a long way friends trust me! (even if it’s $1; that’s a meal for someone in some parts of the world) – “Charity never decreases wealth. Rather, it increases it, it increases it, it increases it.

 

  1. This is one which I’ve promise myself to practice at least once a week. Make the effort to show up for yourself! Again, this’ll be a first of no getting dressed up for futoor or suhoor tents, no wearing your favorite abaya and oud for tarawih, or new clothes for jumah etc etc etc. but still do it! It’ll obviously be tempting to stay in pyjamas or a dara3a/bati all day, but pls don’t do it. Change your clothes for futoor/iftar, still wear your nice abaya, and if you can’t do it every day, at least on Friday for house-juma! I’m spending this weekend getting out and organizing my dara3s, abayas and Ramadan smells because they’re also some of my favorite parts about this month. Again, it’s all about the atmosphere you create in order for it to ‘feel’ like Ramadan!

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and that’s that! Would love to hear some of the ways you’re getting into the Ramadan feels at your place x comment below or lets chat on the gram!

Wishing you and your families a very blessed Ramadan inshallah x endless love, duas, and hugs from this end xoxo

 

Ramadan Kareem to you and yours from me and me! From the bottom of my heart I wish you all a super blessed month filled with lots of ease, peace, and prayer inshallah x

Quick rundown of Ramadan: the 9th month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims all over the world abstain from food and drink to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. It’s a time where friends and families gather in remembrance of God and goodness so as to come closer to the faith itself. As kids we were told we fast to feel what others in the world feel on the daily to remind ourselves how blessed we are so we can be grateful for everything which I think still stands; the gates of heaven are also open tenfold this month as shaytaan (satan) is kinda sorta locked up for the month so any good deeds you do are multiplied. I could go on lol but essentially a special month for us and one which most of us look forward to every year to gain as many blessings and goodness as we can and I suppose reflect on every conscious and subconscious thought and action; if shaytaan is locked up and I’ve still got bad thoughts and can’t blame him, that means its just me init?! dun dun dunn lol you get the jist yea?!

-Yesterday

Right after Maghrib your girl went to make dua #standard, and this wave of excitement came over me like the night before Christmas (joke, I don’t do Christmas lol) but just this Ramadan giddiness at the fact it was that time of year again and how blessed to be alive to witness and partake in it, and I suppose be granted another chance to revive my heart&soul. Ironed my abaya, ready to head to the masjid for the first tarawih of the month only to learn it was a false alarm and that we’ve got one more day haha so I’m taking it as a sign to sit down and reflect on things I might want to work on this month inshallah; thought I’d share some of them, not to contend for Muslim-of-the-year or any of that [in fact I think faith is a personal thing between you and God but let’s leave that be] but I enjoy reading and reflecting on other people’s [general] goals and visions and aspirations and at times they inspire me to keep that light at the end of the tunnel aglow or add them to my list of growth, and Ramadan is a month of sharing and reflecting so why not add to that realm of potential pintrest inspo lol

so, here are 5 of a few more things I’d personally like to work on or get better at this month and I hope they might resonate with some of you as well!x

  • Pray on time regardless of where I may be

I might be lame for this one, granted I’m currently living in a Muslim country and there are always places to stop and pray, but I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes if I’m out or at work and adhan goes, I’ll talk myself into making it up later when I get home (which I do alhamdulillah), but yea, no excuses this month inshallah! I know I can’t be the only one who does this lol and if I am, oops, but hopefully if it becomes routine it’ll naturally develop into a habit – the good kind!

  • Say or do something kind for someone everyday

I think I try to do this regularly, but when you train your mind to be conscious of what it’s saying or doing, it’s pretty amazing how you’re subconsciously keeping track of what it is you’ve set out to do. If that makes sense?! Whether it’s paying someone a compliment, holding the door open, or making dua in your heart for that persons wellbeing, the small things will hopefully add up and not only put a smile on the other person’s face but inshallah on me heart as well!

  • Don’t waste food

We all do this and its pretty shite. Most of us at least, especially in this month and its terrible. I know sometimes you end up cooking too much and there’s only so many days you can go eating the same thing, but share or pack, or don’t go OTT in the kitchen lol sort out a schedule with your mates so instead of 5 of you preparing munch individually, have 1host per night. Nothing fancy or an Instagram iftar, just a standard ‘let’s not waste food’ type of iftar lol also pack up leftovers and share them with coworkers the next day or distribute it to the homeless, or feed the cats outside your building, anything other than that tsk and muttering of ‘astagfirallah’ we give ourselves before chucking food into the trash. This’ll be my second Ramadan alone and coming from a big family it’s natural to just prepare futoor for 5+ people lol so definitely going to try and cut it to 2-3 people and have mates over and anything left will inshallah be packed for coworkers!

  • #nobadwords

Last year a friend and I had a swear jar where we kept tabs on what came out of each others mouths, and any profanity resulted in a certain amount being placed in the jar. At the end of the month we had accumulated quite a bit lol (oops) and gave it to one of the workers in our building which I suppose is kind of like turning your bad deeds into something good for someone else lol so I think that’s something I want to continue this year. Granted the point is to watch what actually comes out of me mouth and be conscious of particular word choices, but in the likely event something slips out, inshallah it’s for a good cause right?!

  • Consistently content

This sounds odd, and I know we all aspire to come out changed for the better and our faith strengthened a tad more than how we entered the month, but give it a week or so and all them old habits tend to make their way back into everyday life which kinda sorta sucks.

I think I want to get to this point inshallah where I’m just good and okay with everything, the bad and the good and the unexpected, and have my heart and soul content with knowing that everything happens for a reason; I know I’ve gotten better at this over the years alhamdulillah but just strengthening that faith and maybe learning some new duas that speak to tawakkul (concept of reliance on God aka ‘God’s Plan’ as Drake so eloquently put it lol) and having it be a consistent constant is something I’d like to work on! If you’ve got any duas or hadiths you love that speak to this, def send them my way please and thank you!x

And there you have it lol 5 of a few other goals this month but these hit more of the surface layer; might seem quite simple and easy peasy but they’re ones I want to get better at and which inshallah I think and hope are realistically attainable this month! If you’ve got a couple of your own that you’re willing to share, comment below or on instagram as I’d love to hear them!x As always, lots of love and light and prayers sent your way, even more so in this super special month xx

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Shopbop Middle East (@shopbopme) is doing an uber cool giveaway for Ramadan! Below are 2 of the pieces chosen to style for them which I think are super comfy and versatile pieces to have in ones wardrobe, Ramadan or not! Details on how to enter are below and I believe the last day is the 28th of June! Good luck love bugs xo.

-choose something from www.shopbop.com you’d like to wear for Ramadan and take a picture of it

-follow @shopbopme on instagram, post the photo with a caption telling us why you picked the item, and tag @shopbopme @shopbopme_ramadan #shopbopme

-you’ve got the chance to win a $300 USD voucher alongside a daily draw!

*Riller & Fount Luca Caftan Midi Dress in Sandstone

Scarf & Shoes: Mango

Bag & Jeans: Zara

*Line & Dot Beaux Embellishment Maxi Dress

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Tee: Tshirt Policy London

Cardi: RIVA

Skinnies: Primark

Flats: Zara