Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eid Mubarak: and my Eid outfits

Eid Mubarak everyone, sorry I haven't had time to post anything of much import recently. I hope you are all having a safe and happy Eid weekend. I am, alhamdulilah. Just thought I'd share my Eid outfits this year as I haven't done a good fashion-ey post in a while. Not that I am am that fashionable at the moment lugging my watermelon of a pregnancy around. Thus the abayas raas which does hide the new curves I've gained for the most part. I got it embroidered in gold with a bisht style which I just love.
My Eid house dress was an Omani traditional one I sewed myself. It is worn around women for visiting only, but is hijab on top because the doors of rooms are open and men might walk by in the halls.My other Eid dress is a white jalabiyia we got from a Syrian vendor in an exhibition stall. My husband really likes white dresses and I am good at bartering and it fit my price range so it became Eid dress number two for the second day of the holiday. There is also a third holiday Eid day in Oman but for that I wear regular abaya as it involves going to areas around non-family members and what not and I wear niqab anyways soooooo.... but so far we are all having a great time and I have eaten too much steak/mishakeek.

How was your Eid?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cute Ramadaan *Or* Eid Decorating Ideas

I thought I'd do a post on decorating for Ramadan since I haven't had time to write an Islamic post, and I leave sisters who can actually cook to write iftar recipe posts. But one thing I CAN do... I decorate. For me, when I lived in a non-Muslim country and there weren't alot of Muslims around, it helped to get me into the spirit. And I think, if you have children who are younger and not fasting, it is one way to make them get into the spirit of the holiday without over comercializing it, and helping them contribute to it. I saw this "gift cookie" on and thought it was such a great idea to give dawah about what Ramadan is about for neighbors, co-workers ect. Having your kids give them out to your neighbors is a cute idea. It is a card you can print out from their website and the back of the card explains what Ramadan is and what the purpose is. As Muslims we are supposed to care for our neighbors, Muslim or not. This is a sunnah.Decorating with hanging cookies? I would DEFINATELY DO this for Eid morning for my kids (which I am waiting on at the moment, but next year, InshaAllah;) ).A great Eid or Ramadan craft project for adults OR kids, is to write little Ramadan and Eid Mubarak cards. I love to save scraps of fabric, wrapping paper, and card stock, for these sort of things, and as a Muslim, it is a duty to us to tell someone if they mean something to us. For me, I tend to do this clearer and in writing. These cards are easy for kids to cut and glue together, and they also make cute places for kids to write "ramadan reminders", i.e ayat & hadith, for friends and family.In our house we use a centerpiece of real Arabic glass lanterns, but if you don't have these, these are really cute and easy to make, from kids to teens. It makes the kids feel special to come home from taraweeah salat and see a lantern outside on the front step to greet them.And if you happen to use squashes, gourds, melons, or pumpkins to make desserts, foods, and snacks, during the holy month, don't waste them, they make beautiful lanterns if you carve them and put votive candles inside! My family LOVE pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, and orange and pumpkin soup, so if pumpkins are cheap and in season, I indulge.And even though I haven't baked desserts of any kind this Ramadaan, I had to include blogger Umm Khaled's absolutely adorable Ramadan pie!

More cute Ramadan food presentation ideas. I especially love the sandwich cut with the cookie cutter. My oldest stepson is practicing fasting for the first time this year, and he usually breaks his fast by noon. This sandwich would be so cute to give to him along with a great healthy Ramadan classic recipe soup;) ----there are so many but I am a fan of harira for life!!!!Make these weeeellllll before Ramadan, but if you don't have a traditional Arabic tea or coffee pot, why not make these ADORABLE tea cosies????????Definately for Eid it is a tradition to give sadaqah and gifts to those in need, those who live close to you, and those you love. I love when kids take toys of theirs that are brand new but that they don't play with, wrap them up, and give them to other kids! Us adults, tend to give food and candies, and money.

Have any leftover decorations from weddings, graduations, ect, or your non-Muslim Christmas days? So long as they aren't pagan, re-use them. I resuse the blown glass Christmas bulbs because they have a sentimental meaning for me, but aren't pagan-in-origin like the Christmas tree or angel ornaments ect. And they look so pretty put into bowls or hung from the ceiling:D

Paper streamers, signs, and streamers are very pretty and easy to make. Have kids record all ayaat and hadith on different peices of paper and then string them together to form a garland! Those are all my fave ideas so far.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Pixie's Ramadaan: Personal Updates

Asalaam alaykom ramatullahi wa barakto ladies,: So sorry I haven't updated alot. I don't use net regularily even when not fasting, and it is hard to make time for it when I am trying to get to my Ramadaan goals: read the whole Qu'ran, memorize 3 new surahs, make all my sunnah prayers and do some extra dhikr and get on my duas (I am lazy at duas). That, and prepare Iftar meals, clean up, make sure husband gets up, animals get fed, and I respond to any greetings anyone has sent me. And before Ramadaan I was quite ill. I was having a heart condition related to the pregnancy, that has alhamdulilah, gone away now that I have been taking it easier. I am not allowed to walk for more than 10 minutes at a time just to keep the stress off the heart. Thus also, I haven't been able to take any more orders for the BeautifulMuslimahOnlineBoutique for the meantime. For those of you who sent me the first inqueries and recieved your abaya orders, thank you for your patience while I negotiated with the tailors;). [BTW, don't you just love how I have keenly hid my baby bump with our centerpiece lantern?]So, to answer the first of the many comment questions I haven't gotten around to answering yet, there is a big difference between fasting in Oman as opposed to fasting in Canada. In Oman, Islam is the major religion, and non-Muslims and those not fasting are actually requested not to eat, drink, smoke, chew gum, et all, in public. Which is ridiculous to me as Islam doesn't actually rule this, but almost all the expats respect it. I mean, if they have to eat they run to the bathroom and scarf down a bagel behind the bathroom stall doors in the mall. Also, for the men I guess it is easier, as women here tend to dress alot more modestly, even the expatriots, even though Oman has no enforced dress code. The Masjids proivde free suhoor and iftar for those less privellaged, there are sadaqah collection boxes everywhere, and anyone Muslim gets shortened working hours. There are Mosques on almost every street so going to and from Taraweeah prayers should be easy for everyone. These are the benefits that alas, Canada did not have. But unlike Canada, due to the large muslim population, you also get the "cultural" fasters. They overeat, don't pray, sleep all day, show-off by overdoing meals and buying new cars and clothes ect..... Yeah, not really doing anything but not eating. Not exactly Ramadaan.Question #2 {wa alaykom e salaam ramatullahi wa barakto Anna;)}: what is my take on fasting while pregnant? Well, for me personally, I don't believe it is obligatory to do so, but if one is at a stage in their pregnancy where they and the baby are healthy enough to sustain the fast, they should fast, as there is so much reward in Ramadaan, really, you wouldn't want to miss it if you didn't have to. Due to health reasons, I haven't been able to fast every day of Ramadaan so far. But I have, alhamdulilah, managed to fast more days than I haven't. For me, choosing not to fast depends on a few things. #1, if I start to have any health complications such as low blood sugar or blood pressure levels, heart palpatations, feigntness of breath, seeing splotches, or migraine headaches. All these are signs of "you can't fast now". #2 I throw up. Throwing up breaks the fast anyways so even if I intended to fast if I throw up, I call the fast off. #3 If the baby is hungry. I can tell my hunger pains from the baby's at this stage in the pregnancy. When the baby is hungry she makes me feel like I will be sick. If I am hungry it is a pain in my chest up to my throat. Also, the baby's hunger pains are accompanied by heartburn. Mine are not. This would differ between pregnant women but I know my body well enough to know what is me and what is the baby. #4 If one has to take any mandatory day time medications. I don't, so this doesn't effect my ability to fast. Those are the things that decide if I should fast or not. I also find, if you are pregnant, eating Suhoor is a must, AT LEAST a small cup of water, and 3 dates. The baby needs that or it will be tooooo hungry to healthily make it until magraib.
What is Pixie's average iftar?: My average iftar is very, very simple. It consists of dried omani dates (pitted or stuffed with almonds), water, fresh milk, fresh mango juice, sliced fruit (my baby loves plums and melon, her Mommy loves kiwi, and her baba loves grapes and apples), either bresh baked bread or samboosas, and some sweet treat (I like chocolate mamoul or puddings). Later, after magraib salat, we might eat a meat dish, or a soup and salad. For suhoor, since I am still throwing up in the mornings if I eat certain things, I limit myself to water, dates, and sliced melon, or some tomatoe juice. Nothing fancy.