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IMFDF: Modest Fashion Evolution

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend a day at the International Muslim Fashion & Design Festival at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. It was a rare occasion to be able to *attend* an event and not be vending, selling, speaking, or basically, doing anything but enjoying :) Alhumdulillah! I was accompanied by the lovely Annum from The Fashion Caravan and we set out early Saturday morning on a mission: R&R&S (rest / relaxation / shopping!).

For those who don’t know much about IMFDF, it’s a fashion show + bazaar that promotes modest brands from all over the world. It’s a fun & halal reason to get dolled up, grab your girlfriends, and go out and celebrate your modesty!

Annum and I had a fabulous time watching the shows, eating cookies (there was a cookie vendor in the bazaar who we shamelessly returned to about 4 times to get our moist cookie fill), and socializing. Enjoy a glimpse of our day in this photo blog:

Anam (AnamK.Art) and I taking selfies at Timmies while Hafsa Taher (Hafsa Creates) and Annum (The Fashion Caravan) talk business

Anam (AnamK.Art) and I taking selfies at Timmies while Hafsa Taher (Hafsa Creates) and Annum (The Fashion Caravan) talk business

Before the show: a #creativemuslimwomen meetup at Timmies with these beautiful powerhouses!

Before the show: a #creativemuslimwomen meetup at Timmies with these beautiful powerhouses!

Another show of the #creativemuslimwomen / YES we were using a selfie stick woot woot!

Another show of the #creativemuslimwomen / YES we were using a selfie stick woot woot!

This moist cookie stole my heart / and my waistline :(

This moist cookie stole my heart / and my waistline :(

Hamdi (Hamdi Photography) though my selfie stick was a disgrace to photographers everywhere. But of course, she wanted a photo with it ;)

Hamdi (Hamdi Photography) though my selfie stick was a disgrace to photographers everywhere. But of course, she wanted a photo with it ;)

The fashion show by Haya Boutique was my fave! This brand is completely designed and produced in London, Ontario!

The fashion show by Haya Boutique was my fave! This brand is completely designed and produced in London, Ontario!

Annum is cute as a button, mashallah.

Annum is cute as a button, mashallah.

With Fareena (1hijabifashionista) in her beautiful vintage gown that she designed herself. Love her <3

With Fareena (1hijabifashionista) in her beautiful vintage gown that she designed herself. Love her <3

Our #ootd! Carefully planned lol! Love Annum's shoes and jean top!! We are both wearing hijabs from her collection and I'm wearing a necklace from her latest jewelry collection at the shop.

Our #ootd! Carefully planned lol! Love Annum’s shoes and jean top!! We are both wearing hijabs from her collection and I’m wearing a necklace from her latest jewelry collection at the shop.

We took a breather outside and stumbled upon an Afghani festival with CHAI!

We took a breather outside and stumbled upon an Afghani festival with CHAI!

I'm a sucker for details! The  wristbands said IMFDF Victorious Me on them!!

I’m a sucker for details! The wristbands said IMFDF Victorious Me on them!!

We *kind of* got the Aga Khan Museum sign in the back but the sun was in my eyes. Not sure why Annum is signalling "four". I think she meant 6ix?!

We *kind of* got the Aga Khan Museum sign in the back but the sun was in my eyes. Not sure why Annum is signalling “four”. I think she meant 6ix?!

The Aga Khan Museum was seriously so beautiful. Can't wait to go back and take a look at the exhibits as well!

The Aga Khan Museum was seriously so beautiful. Can’t wait to go back and take a look at the exhibits as well!

With our masala chai's and the Aga Khan Museum in the background. The selfie stick did not capture the museum sign *le sigh*

With our masala chai’s and the Aga Khan Museum in the background. The selfie stick did not capture the museum sign *le sigh*

Ah the benefits of knowing the driver of the Rolls Royce (thanks Nutrimin!). Caught Amena from Pearl Daisy outside relaxing in the Rolls and sparked a convo about Salam Shop. She's beautiful and natural mashallah!

Ah the benefits of knowing the driver of the Rolls Royce (thanks Nutrimin!). Caught Amena from Pearl Daisy outside relaxing in the Rolls and sparked a convo about Salam Shop. She’s beautiful and natural mashallah!

What you need to know about Eid recovery

Recovering from you Eid weekend? Planning how to maintain good eating & fitness habits? Get a headstart, as we conducted an exclusive interview with Amanah Fitness to bring you tips, tricks, and advice you need to read all about!

During Ramadan, many Muslims find their appetites shrink (in terms of how much they are able to consume). In turn, we eat little for suhoor and iftar, but as soon as Eid arrives, we fall into a habit of overindulging with Eid festivities throughout the entire month. How can we prevent over indulging but still enjoy delicacies?

Ramadan is a truly blessed time for both our souls and our bodies. As you mentioned, many ramadanpeople become surprised at Iftar when they realize that they need very little food to become full! As we know, the Prophet (SAW) said: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. It is enough for the son of Adam to each some morsels to keep his back straight.”

Especially during Eid feasting, many of us reach the feeling of FULLNESS, while our plates are also still full of food. Because we want to eat everything on our plate, and also because we do not want to waste food, we stuff down all our food, far beyond the point of fullness, and into the point of overeating.

Although the desire not to waste food is admirable, the solution is NOT to stuff down every piece of food. The solution is to TAKE LESS FOOD on each plate to begin with. If you are still hungry, you can ALWAYS serve yourself more food. This way, you get to make the conscious CHOICE to continue eating, and are more likely to become attuned to the point when you start feeling full… and stop eating.

This is really the secret to ENJOY your food without losing control… you can call it portion control, or you can call it becoming more sensitive to your body’s wants and needs, and not exceed your limits. With moderation and balance, all foods can be enjoyed!

Many people might use the excuse, “I’ve given up food for 18+ hours, it’s okay to indulge today for a little while”. What is your advice for people who think this way?

I know many people feel that they have gone through all of Ramadan not eating anything, so

ramadan2they “deserve” a day of indulgence. But, again, enjoying your food does NOT mean eating with abandon everything in sight! From an Islamic perspective, overeating is DISCOURAGED – and far too often, we IGNORE this recommendation in our Sunnah.

I find it ironic that many people use Eid, a holiday celebrating our obedience to Allah, to engage in actions which are frowned upon in the Sunnah and by our Scholars of Islam, such as overeating, laziness and gluttony.

It is important to remember the recommendations of our scholars of Islam, when it comes to consuming food:

Imam Shafi’ said,

“I have not filled myself in 16 years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep and makes one weak for worshipping Allah.” [Jami’ Uloom wa-al-Hikam]

 The scholar Al-Hasan al-Basri also said,

“The test of the Prophet Adam, peace be upon him, was food and it is your test until the Day of Judgment. It used to be said, ‘Whoever takes control of his stomach gets control of all good deeds.”

My advice to the “indulgence mentality” is that yes, enjoy yourself. But do not exceed your limits. Listen to your body, and stop when you are full.

Fasting is not only a means of eating less, but it shows us we may not necessarily need specific foods or drinks we believed we could never live without. I’m an avid coffee drinker but since Ramadan, I’ve had very little. I’ve seen an improvement in my body due to less caffeine. How can we maintain these habits in out lives after Ramadan?

ramadan3Isn’t it beautiful how Ramadan allows us to give us habits we thought we couldn’t live without? Coffee drinkers find they can go without coffee… and even serious habits such as smoking; smokers somehow make it through the day despite their cravings.

As Ramadan concludes, it is so important on focusing on maintaining positive habits. My first tip would be to be really practical. Don’t try and do too much, or you end up doing nothing. Pick one or two or three habits that you will commit to maintaining in your post-Ramadan life. Maintaining consistency is made possible with ACCOUNTABILITY – make it a point to KEEP TRACK of your progress. On days in which you stick to your habits, give yourself a checkmark on your agenda or calendar. You will be motivated to keep up for positive streak!

Finally, be gentle with yourself. If you slip into old habits a few times, don’t give up! One of the biggest predictors of health success is the ability to recover quickly and keep trying, no matter how many times you slip! No one’s perfect, so don’t discourage yourself when you aren’t, either :)

 What is your ideal tip in finding balance in your diet after Ramadan? (as the shift from fasting to not fasting can be difficult)

When Ramadan starts, we take the first week or two to adjust to our new Ramadan schedule. Similarly, realize that your eating and lifestyle timings and schedules are now going to shift once again. You have to be able to adapt quickly and come into a new schedule of eating healthy and even adding in exercise into your life as quickly as possible.

I would highly encourage everyone to take a few minutes on Eid or the day after Eid to block out a rough daily schedule. When will you make time for your healthy eating, and when will you eat your meals? When will you make some time to prepare healthier options? If you prepare for it, you can make the transition to regular eating post-Ramadan effortlessly. Or, you can wait until you get into a slump from the disruption to your schedule, the choice is yours.

Also, having a program to help guide your health choices after Ramadan can be helpful to keep you on track. You can jump start your journey to better health after Ramadan, with our premiere 7 Day Jumpstart program for weight loss success at http://amanah7.com. This program will teach you portion control to take the guesswork out of losing weight and staying healthy, so you DON’T have to count calories!ramadan4

What is the most fundamental habit you have developed in Ramadan that you will implement even after this month?

During Ramadan, I spoke a lot about exercise timings. I even did a full video series educating on when and how to exercise while fasting!

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ramadan5One of the main take home points that I was teaching was to pick an exercise style and timing that fit you while fasting, and try to stay as consistent as possible, all throughout Ramadan.

Because of this, I was very consistent in terms of WHEN I would personally exercise, as well. Outside of Ramadan, I do exercise most every day, but I am a bit more flexible in terms of what time in the day I get it done. During Ramadan, I was very consistent in exercising to end 2 hours before iftar, so it was almost always the same time every day. This makes a huge difference! Exercising feels like less of a burden and more just a regular part of your daily schedule, when it’s like clockwork. You are also less likely to skip a workout, because working out becomes a fixed part of your day. This is an essential habit that I will be doing my best to implement after Ramadan – being very committed to not only working out, but being very intentional as to working out the same time every day, as often as possible. These small little changes often make the biggest practical differences in terms of sticking to a healthy lifestyle!

 About the Author

Amina KhanAmina Khan is the founder of Amanah Fitness, an organization aimed at education towards a healthier Ummah. (http://www.amanahfitness.com)Amanah Fitness seeks to improve health and wellness through health, nutrition and exercise programs of the highest quality.

Be sure to like Amanah Fitness on at http://www.facebook.com/amanahfitness for more free health advice & check out Amina’s 7 Day Jumpstart program at http://www.amanah7.com!

  

 

Exclusive Event for Salam Shop Insiders!

Something special is happening Tuesday July 14 at Salam Shop & you won’t want to miss it.

From 4 pm-8 pm we have 3 lovely guests who will be sharing their picks, tips & tricks for Salam Shop insiders this coming Eid!

This is a VIP event for Salam Shop insiders so make sure you preregister here and you’ll also receive a VIP goodie back that will be put together by Salam Shop associates.

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First join Saman from Saman’s Make-up & Hijabs for her pop up shop, meet & greet and hijab styling session. Shop her collection for all of your last minute needs for Eid and get her advice and styling tips!
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Next, we’re bringing you Anam from the Fashion Caravan to share her amazing tips and tricks! Still searching for the perfect hijab and accessories for your Eid outfit? Looking for a new way to style your hijab?

Anam will help you accessorize & style.

 

 

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Finally, we’re excited to welcome Noor Aurora known as the tattooed hijabi from New York to Salam Shop for a meet & greet!

Join us for Noor’s picks where she will choose 5 of her Salam Shop must-haves & share it with you! Check bag on our blog for more details about this.

 

There is an entry fee of $7 that will be donated to Nisa homes, a women’s shelter located in Oakville. You can also attend on the day of and make a donation at the door.

We look forward to seeing you ladies, remember to preregister for goodies and come out and treat yourself to a little Eid goodie. We’ve got you covered 😉

 

 

Your kids will love this on Eid

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In part 2 of our Eid gift giving guide, we’re focusing on our little ones.

The final & most sacred ten days of Ramadan is cutting close.

Before we know it, we will be immersed in extra worship, night prayers, and LOTS of duaa (supplicating to God).

In the back of our minds, we have a list of “to do’s” for the children in our family, but often it gets left on the back burner and we end up leaving it to last minute.

Don’t be an unprepared person who scrambles to purchase mindless presents within the midst of these important days but instead plan ahead!

Only recently did I start placing a heavier role on involving the children in my family on Eid by the simplest of gestures! A small gift, games (& candy prizes!)

They absolutely LOVED it and I am a strong believer that Eid is the day our children should anxiously be awaiting; getting dressed up in the morning, the ride to the masjid and fun activities and presents throughout the day!

The kids in my family absolutely loved their gifts/activities & I am more than excited to try something new this year, so here is tip #1:

Purchase items online!

This is such a time saver and allows you to buy gifts in bulk and receive them at the same time.

We absolutely love Ilm Kids Place for their online goodies.

With Ilm Kids Place, you receive a box filled with items to engage your kids!

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A single topic box to help celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and learn about one of the blessed holidays in Islam!

Activities include learning about how to prepare for your Eid day, creating Eid decorations and learning how to give to loved ones.

Each IlmKidsPlace kit includes  

  • Fun interactive activities & necessary material
  • Main topic card that summarizes whats inside
  • List of Quranic verses and Hadith related to the topic
  • 3 activity cards and necessary material that allow for a fun engaging experience
  • 1 travel card that will have children learn about a new culture and country in primarily the Islamic world
  • 1 recipe card that helps to share the joy of cooking a new cuisine with a child
  • IlmChat cards that are easy to take on the go to help make sure the information learned is reinforced
  • 1 iron on patch associated to the topic thats fun to collect
  • Country flag to collect

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Do you have big family get togethers for Eid?

Do you have children in your family?

Do they end up bored or glued to their games/tablets?

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Party favour boxes are filled with all the materials- inspiration for one hands on activity/project
This mini version makes a distinctive favor or a special party activity such as,
  • Favor bag
  • Instruction card
  • All material to complete activity

If you have kids in your family, these are essential gifts/activities for Eid!

Try it out & share your experience with us, we always love hearing from you :)

Nabeela Khan is a communications professional who strives to cover topics of interest to modern Muslims and their faith. Have an idea for a blog topic or story? Email us at salam@salamshop.ca 

3 Ideal gifts for the ladies in your life

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Eid is approaching and it’s never too early to prepare. I love preparing gifts for my loved ones & seeing the reaction on their face.

We can become so busy in the last 10 nights with additional worship, prepping food for Eid, that we leave gifts to last minute & there’s nothing more stressful than having to deal with buying presents while we’re short on time.

I think we’ve all been there!

I like to create a list to stay organized & beside each person I note down gifts that suit their personality & what I like to think they will love:

  • Mom (scarf & jewelry)
  • Friend (scarf & make-up)
  • Aunt/family friend (jewelry/book/baked good)

Writing things down makes it easier for you to remember, rather than a bunch of ideas flowing around your head when you’re trying to focus in prayer!

Today we bring you our favourite picks for the lovely ladies in our lives.

Mom’s, sisters, cousins, friends, aunts!

Be sure to check back for our kid’s edition where we tell you how to make goodie bags/baskets for the young kids in your family that they will LOVE 😉

Gift Ideal #1

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The first gift idea is what I would ideally gift to my mom. A mauve scarf (hung with peals for extra embellishment) & a simple golden necklace fitted with pearls to match.

My mom likes to keep it simple but she likes a little touch of something special, like the placement of pearls on the scarf & necklace!

 

 

 

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This is what I would gift a friend (but let’s replace the “Just Nikah-ed” Card with one of these creative cards you can customize for Eid!

These scarves come in many colours & patterns! Some great add alongs would be a neutral lipstick, a bottle of mascara or a bottle of foundation… depending on what your friend would love most!

 

 

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Gift Idea #3

This is a gift I would ideally give to an aunt/family friend. I think it’s perfect! A little goes a long way here.

A super cute piece of jewelry and a baked goodie. I always find roll out sugar cookies the BEST way to personalize a gift (check out the ultimate recipe here) especially with festive cookie cutters like these . You really can’t go wrong with a thoughtful gift like this.

I think these gifts will make the ladies in your life absolutely happy & accessories can easily be replaced.

A final tip I’ll share if you’d like to replace any of these items or include something a little extra, a thought provoking book that’s good for both the heart & soul is always a god idea :)

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This ingredient will elevate your baked goods

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We have officially passed the first 10 days of Ramadan. Where does the time go?

I hope everyone is using it in the most productive and proactive way :)

As the days move forward, it can be easy to fall into a slump.

Are you using your time wisely? What have you been doing on those days where you aren’t able to fast? Have you started thinking about Eid prep or will you leave it to last minute?

I’m here to share with you some great ideas & tasty treats that go along with it…

Sometimes we are so consumed with our own lives that we forget to give (and giving can be done in the simplest of ways).

If you feel yourself moving into a slump or it’s one of those days you can’t pray and have no idea what to do next, here’s an idea for you:

Give.

Give & Allah will give to you.

Making a baked good and giving it to your neighbors and coworkers as a reminder of Ramadan will open a door for conversation, make you feel good & most importantly, will make your friends/neighbors/colleagues feel amazing.

Treats are also an excellent gift giver come Eid!

Ready for our secret ingredients?

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Halal butter vanilla and almond extract.

As an avid baker myself, I get super annoyed when I can’t find vanilla extract without alcohol. That problem is solved with these bad boys.

Yes, I said bad boys.

Here’s what I find, adding a splash of almond or butter vanilla extract elevates your desert and gives it a whole new note of flavour as opposed to original vanilla.

You have to give it a try!

Today I’m sharing with you 2 recipes I think you’ll love that you might reconsider giving it away… but it’s the month of extra generosity so I’ll trust you’ll share 😉

Sugar Cookies 

Everyone needs a go-to sugar cookie recipe.

It’s a must.

It is so versatile and creative. Roll it out & cut cute shapes and designs and to add more specialness add some sparkles and royal icing and you are good to go. Make it extra festive with these amazing cut outs! (cannot wait to get my hands on these)

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Here’s the recipe:

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The Perfect Cut Out Sugar Cookie

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (makes the flavor outstanding)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

In a large bowl, combine room temp butter and sugar, mix until fluffy then add in your egg. Once combined, add in that extract! Sugar cookies are known for their vanilla attributes, so you can use either extract here: almond or butter vanilla.

Next, briefly mix your flour and baking powder together and add it in increments to your wet mixture.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and roll each our onto a piece of parchment paper to about a 1/4 thickness. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour so the dough is easy enough to work with.

Once your dough has been chilled, roll it out if it needs to be (adding a little flour helps to prevent stickiness) and start cutting into them with your cookie cutters! Before you place them in your oven, you can add your sprinkles/sugar crystals.

Bake for 8-11 minutes (edges should be a light golden colour) & voila, that’s it!

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

We all know muffins are the perfect treat to give to our neighbors/friends.

Whip them up in a matter of minutes, add it to a cute basket or tray and that’s it.

Here it is:

Courtesy of This Muslima Cooks

Courtesy of This Muslima Cooks

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of butter- softened
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 or 3 ripe bananas- I used 3
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and some more for topping.
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 3 tbl spoons of sour cream

Beat your butter and sugar until fluffy, then add in your eggs. Here we recommend using the butter vanilla extract for some elevated flavour!

Mash your bananas (or fruit of choice, you can be versatile with muffin recipes!) and add it to your wet ingredients along with the sour cream.

In a separate bowl combine your dry ingredients and slowly add it into your wet ingredients. do NOT overmix, we want soft muffins not hockey pucks :p

Fold in your chocolate chips & add more to the tops for garnish if you wish and that’s IT!

There you have it!

This month is one that we should be especially generous and open our doors to our family, friends, colleagues & neighbors. A baked good says, I did this for you, it makes a person smile and no one can resist a warm, moist, chocolatey muffin…

I know I can’t 😉

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Nabeela Khan is a communications professional who strives to cover topics of interest to modern Muslims and their faith. Have an idea for a blog topic or story? Email us at salam@salamshop.ca 

 

4 Must Have Items for Your Iftar Table

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I don’t know about you, but I love hosting for family and friends.

Whether it’s a wedding shower, a dinner party, or an iftar get together.

But let’s be realistic… with the long hours many of us are fasting this year, it is difficult to invest a lot of time and and we don’t want to labour so much that we sacrifice our time for Ibadah (worship).

I want my guests to know I put in some effort and I want to create a warm environment for my Muslim and non-Muslim friends. Iftar parties are perfect opportunities for inviting our friends of different faiths into our home and sharing our beautiful religion with them.

So, we’re going to cheat a little and use these festive utensils.

It’s a time saver, it is festive, and your guests will love the set up…

trust us 😉

What you’ll need is few and simple:

1. Ramadan Kareem plates & napkins

2. Festive Plates 

3. Paper lantern (for festive decor)

4. Fresh flowers

It’s true, that’s it!

Style you dinner table with large patterned plates and pair it with colourful  Ramadan Kareem saucers and matching napkins.  Add one of our paper lanterns for simple decor or set out a simple card with a Ramadan reminder for your guests (pictured above).IMG-20150627-WA0000

 

 

 

 

 

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Finish off your table with fresh flowers (could it get any easier?!)

 

 

 

 

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said “He who gives iftar to another fasting person shall earn a reward equivalent to a fasting man without detracting from the reward of the latter.” (Tirmidhi).

Let’s remember to keep our iftar parties as a rememberance & thankfulness to God for the food and bounties he has so easily provided us with, create an environment of warmth and comfort for our guests & invite our non-Muslim friends over (neighbours, coworkers, etc.) to share the beauty of Ramadan.

Happy fasting & happy eating friends!

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Nabeela Khan is a communications professional who strives to cover topics of interest to modern Muslims and their faith. Have an idea for a blog topic or story? Email us at salam@salamshop.ca 

 

Why every Muslim should do this in Ramadan

11248976_108977152771803_730509505_nIt’s no secret that we are living in a time where people have distorted ideas about Muslims.

This often makes me think about what I can do to alter those ideas. Allah guides whom He wills and opens up doors of understanding. He also places us in situations where we can make a difference,

Educating one person acts like a domino effect. We should always look for opportunity, especially in a month where our good deeds are multiplied.

I don’t mind 😉

This Ramadan, I’ve decided to do something different.

It’s festive, fun, and a great activity to do with family & friends.

Ready?

Ramadan neighborhood packages.

That’s right!

My neighborhood is filled with diverse families and individuals, so what better way to spark a productive conversation and spread a little da’wah (islamic knowledge) than to put a little package together, make someone smile, and get a conversation going?

The following are products we think your neighbors will LOVE as much as ours & how to put it together!

 

IMG-20150624-WA00001. Ramadan Greeting Cards

We love Craft Souk’s Ramadan cards. These warm cards welcome the month of Ramadan and allows room to add a small note of your own. You can add a hadith that pertains to the month or a kind saying. These cards come in more unique design and… they are only a buck! Cute and cost-effective, yes please!

 

IMG-20150624-WA00022. Cat & Auntie Cookies

As Cat & Auntie say, “…because cookies say it louder than flowers”. Who doesn’t like to receive baked goods? These monsoon cookies pair amazingly with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s blend of unique flavours is a go-to. Adding a baked good shows thoughtfulness and…cookies. Need I say more?

 

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3. Halal Gummy Candies 

Gummy bears, gummy worms, sour, sweet- you name it S’more Treats makes it! Everyone likes a candy fix, so mix it up with gummy bears or gummy worms in your Ramadan packages. This adds a punch of flavour and sweetness we think your neighbor will absolutely love.

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Gifting

Purchase a ceramic bowl (these can easily be found from your local dollar store), place  your candies in the bowl and tie it off with a ribbon to make it cuter! Add your cookies and using cellophane (clear wrapping paper) wrap your bowl using the paper, and tie it off with a ribbon. Tape your card to the front of the basket. Here’s an example from The Link Canada.

Super Cute, fun, and a positive gesture this Ramadan. Check us out here to find these and other great products to include in your packages! Be sure to share with us your packages @ salam@salamshop.ca or tag us on Instagram @mysalamshop

Ramadan Mubarak friends!

Nabeela Khan is a communications professional who strives to cover topics of interest to modern Muslims and their faith. Have an idea for a blog topic or story? Email us at salam@salamshop.ca 

Ramadan and Eid Inspired Decor!

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It’s day 4 of Ramadan and we’re feeling pumped! SubhanAllah.

It’s a gift to be able to set aside our pangs of hunger and refocus on connecting with our deen.

In light of getting into the spirit of Ramadan and preparing for Eid (it’s never too early to start preparing!), today we’re sharing Ramadan/Eid inspired decor.

In this part of the world, decorations and bright coloured lights usually take the spotlight during the holidays.

Ramadan/Eid decor can go unnoticed- but it is the perfect activity to get your children involved in and pumped.

Ramadan/Eid decor is also a great conversation & daw’ah starter & it creates a festive environment.

The following is our must-haves inspired by Embellish home decor. We think you’ll love them as much as we do!
1. Light it up with these beautiful stars!   10462843_820246574737083_6798397260615850580_n

These Eid paper star lanterns reflect a beautiful, subtle glow and has a warm greeting of “Eid Mubarak” and hangs from crystal glass beads. Where will you hang yours?

 

 

2. Make everyday count with Ramadan Advent bags 22506_834757443285996_2740874450396140475_n (1)

Count the days of Ramadan with 30 day advent bags! Numbered with golden Moroccan star designs, fill it with sweet treats, islamic notes & so much more for your kids, nieces/nephews… and even yourself!

 

 

3. Unique hand painted Glory be to Allah shadow box 11535788_840425942719146_8194940747970449069_n

This shadow box is hand painted and perfect to add to any living room, dining area, or bedroom. It is a beautiful reminder and is embellished with a bronze frame and golden designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Antique star lanterns 11202537_1604365643156059_748611398_n 2

These Artisan crafted lanterns hangs beautifully around your home. It can also be opened up to place an LED tea light inside to create a sparkling glow. The antique look creates an elegant ambiance to light up any part of your house!

 

 

 

5. The Turkish Collection IMG-20150618-WA0007

Inspired by the beautiful patterns and colours of Turkey, these throw pillows, glowing garlands and Turkish tile EID standing decor will add some festivity in any room!

Throw pillows add a little bit of something special in every room. Here, you can choose between a Turkish printed pillow or one that is embellished with the word, “salam”.

On your wall or window sill add a beautiful blue garland for a splash of colour and something special!

The Turkish Tile EID standing decoration is sure to add that little bit extra to the spirit of Eid and Ramadan this year whether placed on your mantle or tabletop. This decor is made out of white wood and has the Turkish Iznik pattern.

What’s your favourite item?

I choose ALL! Visit Salam Shop Online to get your hands on these goodies or visit us in store!

Ramadan Mubarak everyone!

Nabeela Khan is a communications professional who strives to cover topics of interest to modern Muslims and their faith. Have an idea for a blog topic or story? Email us at salam@salamshop.ca 

 

 

Happy Father’s Day!

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Father’s Day is a time when many people choose to gift their father with a present- when they decide they should think about the time their father has been there for them and maybe they should give their dad a hug today.

The beautiful thing about being Muslim is that we are told to be kind and good to our parents all year around and show appreciation to them whatever chance we get.

So, on Father’s Day we are given a chance to reflect on our father and to thank Allah for the time he has given us/gave us with good old dad, daddy, papa, whatever you choose to call him!

We are told that heaven lies at the feet of our mother, and we all know nothing and no one is comparable to our mom, but what memories do you have of your father?

I remember my dad walking me to my bus stop in elementary school, packing me lunch and the walks we would take together during summer nights. I also remember getting older and disagreeing over trivial arguments, but at some point you get past that (we all should strive to!) and get over our egos and see the soft interior of good old dad.

No matter what- no one can take the place of our father.

What’s your favourite memory of your dad?

Nabeela Khan is a communications professional who strives to cover topics of interest to modern Muslims and their faith. Have an idea for a blog topic or story? Email us at salam@salamshop.ca 

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