June 29, 2014

Welcome Ramadan ♥ ▪ What is Ramadan? Tips & Tricks ♥

Salam & Hello Beautylish People!
Oh you guys I'm so excited for this post

It is finally Ramadan! woot woot
(It's the most beautiful time of the year, well..for Muslims at least hah!)
So without talking more in this intro here it is the whole thing.


What is Ramadan?? ~
Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calender and it is the holiest month for Muslims. During Ramadan Muslims fast every single day from sunrise till sunset. Some people are exempt from fasting, like old people who are on medication, pregnant women, women on that time of the month ,and also those who are on the road traveling (let's say they're on the road for one day, they can later fast an extra day to makeup)
Fasting is different from religion to another, but in Islam we do not eat or drink anything from sunrise till sunset which is the most basic part of fasting besides other acts we take to make our fast more pure and more acceptable.


Ramadan is also the month where we feel the closest to our religion and to our souls. It is the month where we forgive,let go, and prepare ourselves emotionally and physically for establishing our relationship with God and ourselves. it is like cleansing ourselves from all the mistakes, guilt, or any negative thing we've been going through and focusing on letting it go, cause it will go and it will be forgiven by God
It is also the month where we put extra effort in how we act, how we think and how we behave. Its is the month of breaking, making and changing habits, let's say you have some bad habits like cursing alot through the day, in this month when you're fasting  you will force your self to change that, cause we're not only fasting from food, no we're fasting from any negative thoughts or acts as well. So when you start fasting, you wont be able to curse anymore, cause you know that will break your fast, that's when you start slowly to stop your self from cursing, and when you practice your self on that for the whole month, there's a huge chance that this will be your new habit that you will carry on with you even after Ramadan.
 "In this month all of the gates of Hell are closed and the gates of Heaven are open and  the devils are chained"- Saheeh al Bukahri  -How perfect is that? El Hamdellah

 

Let me say something, Ramadan is literally the favorite month for all Muslims. Here's why think of it as Christmas, everyone loves Christmas for the celebration, family gathering, gifts, food! lol, Ramadan is the same thing for Muslims but we do more stuff about our religion in it, but it is the perfect time for detoxing ourselves, breaking bad habits, helping poor people, praying, family gatherings, decorations, food and all the fun stuff.


I Remember when I used to live in the Middle East, in Ramadan all the streets are full of lights and decoration and wherever you go you see the small local tents they sell all kind of lighting decoration for Ramadan in lots of shapes like stars, moon, lights and especially lanterns! lanterns (Fanos) are the most favorite thing in Ramadan decoration, people will make art with it , you will see lanterns in all shapes and forms with different patterns/themes. Its is just a must is Ramadan decoration
Here are some example pictures of Ramadan decoration  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5/ 6


One of the best thing Ramadan, that is it the month of giving and helping poor people
When we're fasting we're feeling a strong connection to the in need who have no food or water
so there's a meaning behind this, God want us to put ourselves in their shoes, in another word he's reminding us to not get busy with this life that we forget those who are in need.
If you get the chance here's few links that your donate to and help. May God rewards you with everything you wished for
Links ~ 
P.S These are real links that I've donated to several times before.

Help solve the water crisis
http://get-involved.irusa.org/site/TR?px=1225341&fr_id=1073&pg=personal

Help Africa
http://livefeedafrica.org/main/

Help Syria
http://livefeedsyria.org/main/

One of the great ways to give in Ramadan other than donating to charities is feeding the homeless poor people in the streets who doesn't really have a source of income and in need.
For example in Ramadan all Mosques serve a free Iftaar and free Suhoor
Also not only Mosques ,in some countries they make a tent in the streets and they also serve free food like soup, fruits, and other meals. (I've seen that in person in my visit to Egypt and also in Iraq)



Other Pictures  : 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/

One random memory I wanted to share, when I used to live in the Middle East there was a guy who walks in the  streets with a drum and he wakes up people for Suhoor.
It is one of the things that I truly miss it was  awesome. And of course it is not only one guy, but one guy for several streets.


Here are some tips for the Iftaar time (breaking our fast) and Suhoor time (Last meal before we start fasting again) :

Let's start when you're about to break your fast at Maghrib time,
I know you're hungry and you didn't eat for the whole day but please, do your self and your body a favor and take it easy. So what I did last Ramadan really helped me a lot, which is first I start off with few dates which you should cause it is "Sunnah" (It is advised to start with dates and here's why ) and I will drink a little bit of water then I go do my sunset prayer which will give my body and mind time to be ready for my meal in more easy way and not just going there and stuffing my face with food lol.
Then I will go and have my soup, which is usually a must for Iftar in my family it has to be Lentil soup (oh dear I don't know why everything taste better in Ramadan even the soup has a different taste in Ramadan)
Then usually I'm full with some soup and salad but if I'm still hungry I will have a very small portion of the actual meal we have. And that because I prefer to eat small meals till Suhoor than one large one that will make me feel bloated and sick at once.
1.Start with Dates.
  2. Eat slowly and please do not drink lots of water at once
3. Stay away from processed food and deep fried food, or at least maintain it cause if not you will only feel bloated and worst, thirsty the next day.
4. Avoid sugary and spicy food
5. maintain or avoid caffeine cause it make you lose water
 6 . For a better Iftar it is important to include Carbs /Protein /Vegetables/ Healthy Fats.
7. Try to dink more water from Iftar till Suhoor also since it is summer time eat watermelon it is amazing to keep you hydrated.
As I mentioned Ramadan is the month where we detox our body, so eat more vegetables and fruits so it can fill your body with real nutrition and keeps you full and hydrated for longer time.

Random Tips :
1. Last thing is don't forget to pray your Taraweh (Which is the extra prayers we add to the end of our regular prayer)
2. To be able to finish the whole Qur'an in one month, read 4 pages after each prayer.
3. Make lots of Dua'a and ask for forgiveness consistently.
(some cupcakes for you since you stayed for the whole post haha)

Let me tell you I'm super duper excited <3 I just wish if Ramadan was all year round , I don't mind fasting all year round for it, but on the other hand it won't feel the same if it was all year round, not like when your wait a whole year for it

I hope this was helpful and now you know what Ramadan is even if you're not Muslim, it is always nice to learn new things right??~

P.S I'm fasting at this moment while I was writing this
I wish you an easy fasting and lots of forgiveness and joy
And may God bless you and your family and accept your Dua'a , prayers and fasting.
Always remember God won't give you something you can't handle. You can do it :)


Best Wishes ❤
C.ya!~^_^