What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the holy month of fasting in the Islamic faith. For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time to challenge yourself to be the best version of you that you can be. We fast from food and drink during daylight hours and sinful thoughts and actions throughout the month. We are encouraged to perform good deeds and care for others as well as ourselves. The start of Ramadan 2018 is only a day away and many of us are getting ready. This blog post explores different ways that we can prepare for Ramadan and make the most out of it.
Ramadan is all about self-discipline and routine. It is a great time to get yourself used to a lot of good things, and let go of bad habits. For Muslims, praying more often and more intentionally and spending more time trying to get closer to God are key parts of Ramadan. However, everyone can benefit from Ramadan because it is also about taking care of yourself and improving your well being.
Developing a skin care routine can be tough with everything we have going on. But as you follow the prayer schedule during Ramadan, it can be the perfect opportunity to squeeze in some good care products. When you wake up to pray, have your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, ready to use before making woudhou (this is the ritual wash Muslims do to prepare for prayer). I like to use Origin on my face. And in the evening before breaking fast, complete your daily skincare routine so that after your stomach is full and your prayers are complete, you can knock out with flawless skin!
Fitness and healthy eating are two of the most difficult things to do for many of us, especially mamas on the go. But the discipline that comes with Ramadan can be just the boost we need to make good lifestyle changes. Fasting the entire day cuts out the opportunity to eat unhealthy throughout the day, so start by buying and preparing healthy meals to start and break your fast. Try to hit the gym or do a couple routines at home on the floor after you pray your morning prayers. You’ll be more energized for the day after a bowl of fruit and oatmeal and a few laps around the track, I promise!
Ramadan is my favorite time of the year because of the time I get to spend with my family. We eat together to break out fast, pray together, and just spend quality time together more than other times in the year. Ramadan is the worst time to be alone. If you don’t have family around you for any reason, don’t feel lonely. Go to your local mosque – there are always people gathered at the mosque. If not, invite some of your friends to go with you.
If you are a non-Muslim and have friends that are Muslim, it is perfectly acceptable to show your solidarity by fasting with them or even just breaking fast with them in the evening. Ramadan is a time for togetherness, so let’s get together.
Ramadan is also marked by our deeds. The more good deeds you perform, the more you gain from the month. You don’t have to fly to Africa to do good in the world! Check your surroundings – believe me, there’s enough homeless shelters, food banks, and women’s centers that could use your help.
One of the best things you can do in Ramadan is to feed people. Cook food and share it with your community, at the mosque, or invite people over. Open your doors to as many people as you can afford to feed. Potlucks are a fun way for people to get together and do good.
Ramadan is a fun time for modest fashion because it’s for everyone, even non-hijabis. whether you wear hijab or not, many tend to look for hijabs around this time. BUT it is HOT! So it is important to find ways to be modest and cool all at once. Lightweight hijabs are the key to this. You can style these as turbans or full hijabs and still enjoy the breeze. I have some favorites that I recommend below. Check them out: