Hellooo friends! Happy friday and Jummah Mubarak! Its such a special day around here – it is my baby girls second birthday! I mean she is no longer a baby but an opinionated, passionate future instagrammer in the making haha! But truly, I can’t beleive where time has flown!?!?
Okay so welcome!! I am so excited to be part of a talented group of Muslim bloggers bringing a fun DIY blog series! This series is allll about Ramadan decor that you can easily create with minimal power tool skills – which is ME my friends!!If you are coming here from my friend Seher’s blog post over at Simply in Control – WELCOME! I hope you enjoy this little space of mine and browse around. Also come follow along on Instagram to see more behind the scenes and fun home decor and lifestyle content!
If you are new to the concept of Ramadan I will tell you a bit about it. Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar islamic calendar and is the month of fasting. Muslims all around the world fast from dawn to dusk. No eating or drinking is allowed during the fast.. not even gum (I get that question a lot). Ramadan for me has always been filled with lots of festivities such as going for the taraweeh prayer daily, sending prepared meals to our neighbours, going for Qiyam (which is standing in prayer the whole night during the last 10 nights). It is a month where I strive to be more mindful of how I spend my time – and when you aren’t eating or preparing meals during the day, suddenly there is ALOT of time free. You would be surprised friends.
The month is so much more than just not eating.. its about inward reflection, looking towards Allah for your answers and finding strength in you (the summer fasts are like 16 hours.. ~4 am till 9 pm) to give up worldly things like sustenance for the sake of our Creator. Every year, as I approach Ramadan I somehow have dread… about the long fasts, how am i going to work, how am I going to wake up at 4 am to eat before the start of the fast and then not get “hangry” at my daughter or husband throughout the day.. how am i going to to eat healthy and not eat the typical unhealthy fried stuff? I always find myself in a cycle of self doubt RIGHT before Ramadan. And then I remind myself that it is ALLLLL shaytan. He is creating this self doubt in me, so that I cannot see the obvious. The obvious that I CAN DO IT. YOU can do it. There will be no shaytan in Ramadan.. so its just our pure selves left to our own devices. And then Ramadan starts and somehow I get through it, because I find that strength somewhere to find the connection with Allah.
So as a part of preparing for Ramadan and getting out of the self-doubt process, I have been decorating for Ramadan for the past few years. This is a great way to have a daily reminder in the form of decor right in front of you, to remind you YOU CAN DO IT. The decor for me is like a personal cheer leader – it reminds me that it is a PRIVLEGE to be given the opportunity to fast in Ramadan. It reminds me, that I have been doing this for 22 years of my life and I can do it again.
This year, I chose to have Ramadan decor in my home that comes from two very dear friends.
The first was my DIY and was sent to me by the talented Sidra over at Sidra and Co. You can find her Etsy shop FILLED with amazing prints, home decor and even clothing over at Sidra Art Boutique . She is amazing at sending you whatever you order right away and is honestly such a delight to work with!
So, I downloaded the banner that is on her Etsy shop (CLICK HERE) and spent a therpaeutic nap time cutting the penants and stringing them together. It was literally the easiest DIY ever and took half an hour of my time! I printed the banner at my local office supply store (Staples) on card stock so it would keep its shape and not curl like regular paper does sometimes.
I decided to hang it in our front foyer versus our living room mantel for two important reasons. First – my child will rip it down before I even have the other side up. Second – I wanted a reminder as soon as I walked into the house.. given my whole self doubt situation that I talked about above.
So what better place to have it than above this console that my husband and I built (read about that HERE )
Next, I loved these adorable felt stockings from Sammy over at The Cozy Home Chronicles – you can find them in her Etsy shop at The Inspired Home Co. The stockings are so well made and come in such adorable designs, like a Kaaba and a prayer mat. They also incorporate the colour purple into my decor, which is the colour of Ramadan!
My daughter is obsessed with them and wants to put stuff inside them – I am waiting to stuff them with something for her because she just wants to play with them daily.
I also DIY’d this farmhouse scroll earlier this spring to incorporate a verse of the Quran that really speaks to my soul – It is such a great reminder going into Ramadan too. You can check out that blog post HERE if you want to make your own! The rewards in Ramadan for every good deed are even greater – so even though this is not part of my Ramadan decor… it is a wonderful reminder to read every time I walk through this hallway.
So there you have it, my simple Ramadan decor but adding in reminders for what I really need going into this month.
Are you decorating for Ramadan? Tell me how by leaving me a comment below. I love hearing from you!
Now head on over to my friend Hira over at Zair Zabr Play to check out her post filled with Ramadan DIY’s – You are for sure to be inspired!
Also check out the other bloggers in Our DIY Ramadan Blog Hop listed down below!
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