Thursday, 28 May 2020

Eid ul Fitr 2020:1441 – Day Two Barbecues and Slushes

The second day of Eid was a quieter, calmer day. We wore nice clothes and mostly lazed around. 





Hubby sorted out food, with a barbecue 


I watched a silly action film with my oldest, started filling out my new Clever Fox planner and ate the barbecue he made.



I took all three girls out for a walk in the afternoon and bought them slushes:




We had a late dinner in the garden with leftovers. No cooking, family and food = pretty much the definition of a good day for me alhamdulillah.



How did you celebrate this Eid? Did you find ways to make it joyful despite the challenging times?

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Eid ul Fitr 2020:1441 – Day One Cakes, Sweets and Chocs

We have such a set pattern for our Eids: I cook in the morning, we get ready, we go to my mums for lunch, the whole family gather. We eat mum’s beautiful food, we joke and laugh, we exchange gifts and spent the afternoon taking photos, mostly of the gaggle of cheeky little girls we have between us.  I invite everyone over for dinner, sometimes my uncle will invite us all over for a barbecue in the evening.

This year, we decided to celebrate in our own homes and not meet. I decided it was a one off insh’Allah and we should make the most of it.

I woke in the morning to find my husband had made himself sevaiyan (vermicelli in milk and sugar) for breakfast. I think he must have used all the butter in the house 😊


I made simple cupcakes for breakfast and set them out with some other treats:



Then it was time for the serious cooking. I made lamb pilau for the first time. My mum makes this every Eid and it tastes amazing, so I followed he instructions (clearly I didn’t defrost the meat, I had washed and frozen it, so just chucked it in).




It turned out really nice (recipe to follow insh’Allah). 


My neighbour is an amazing cook and usually sends over her special breakfast on Eid morning, this year was no exception. Halwa, puri and channay:


The kids asked me to make them mojito moktail, or “mum’s lemonade” as they call it.
Lemon slices, lime slices, fresh mint leaves, fizzy lemonade type drink (we used R Whites lemonade,  but 7 Up, Sprite or similar should do the trick). I add Ice cubes not too long before serving, so they don’t melt and completely make it flat.






The girls wore dresses my mum bought them last year. I was grateful I didn’t have to shop. All of our clothes were either gifts or I had bought them earlier in the year and put them away. The only one who bought a new dress was my oldest, who managed to find a shop open and picked something pretty (they were all shut again the next day after the Council told them off for opening, so we got lucky).








Once everyone was dressed up, we had lunch, which went down well alhamdulillah. I think I may have asked everyone more than once how the pilau was 😊








I was a little sad that we would not be seeing our family, and was thinking to see my mum from her front garden later I the day. As it turned out, quite a few of the family came by one by one and dropped off gifts and sweets and stayed for a chat at the end of our front garden alhamdulillah.




Chocs from @everyphototunity, I can’t tell you how good these were. And it’ no good putting both of our names on, because I’m not sharing!


Kheer (rice pudding), mithai (Indian sweets) and Eid money from my mum:


Darling made me this colouring book and a rosette with a sweet inside:


More mithai and delicious cupcakes from my brother’s family – my little niece made the cakes for us herself.


My neighbour gave Baby these sweets, which I have since confiscated and hidden – the child is hyper and bounces off every surface even without the sugar


This was at the bottom of the gift bag wrapped in tissue paper and I assumed it was a balloon weight. Thankfully I double checked and opened it. I really like this and think it’s so thoughtful. It also keeps your drink warm for up to three hours, I take so long to drink my coffee that’s it cold long before I finish, so that’s a handy feature.


These came in the post, but were from @curlyfries, they are amazing. Again, I doubt any sharing will be going on.


My neighbour’s daughter sent over milk cake, brownies and cookies:


I also unpacked my gift to myself – a new clever fox planner. Review to follow and also how I chose this over some other options. But safe to say, very happy with this 


I loved Darling’s card to me – it clearly sets out all the things that mean Eid for her.



It was all too much and our bodies are still in Ramadan routine, so we were all taking naps in the afternoon. This one is very trusting, leaving all his Eid money lying around…


I asked the kids a few days earlier how we could make this Eid special even if we couldn’t see family, they said by ordering dessert.  So we did. They all wanted cookie dough.





I asked the kids a few days earlier how we could make this Eid special even if we couldn’t see family, they said by ordering dessert.  So we did. They all wanted cookie dough.

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Eid ul Fitr 2020:1441 - The Night Before

We like to start Eid in this house as soon as it starts – not on the day of Eid but sunset the night before when it is confirmed. Usually that means neighbours coming over and bringing sweets. The main street at the end of our road turns into one big party and we take turns to go for walks along it with neighbours or family.  There are henna and jewellery stalls everywhere and the Asian dress shops are open past midnight. If my husband hasn’t bought me a gift, he usually takes me to pick a gift or dress.

This year there were no celebrations and no neighbours visiting. But we still wanted to celebrate, so I encouraged everyone to wear their nice outfits and we put up decorations that we had made:











Alhamdulillah, these are days that we have been gifted with to celebrate guilt free. It felt quieter. But still joyous and we are no less thankful.






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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Eid ul Fitr 2020:1441 - Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak everyone.
Taqabbal Allahu Minna Wa Minkum (May Allah accept it from you and us).

I hope this Eid is a peaceful and joyful one for all of you, full of good health, good food, good company and good deeds insh’Allah. May Allah shower the Ummah and all of humanity with his mercy and love and grant them happiness, peace and contentment.


With all of the fun and feasting, I make dua that I do not lose the spirit of Ramadan completely and that some of it seeps into the rest of the months of the year.  Insh'Allah I will be reminding the kids and myself to remember Allah (SWT) and thank him throughout this night and the coming days of Eid.

Anas ibn Malik (radhiallahu ‘anh) reported that in the pre-Islamic period people (in Madinah) people used to celebrate two annual days of festivity. When the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Madinah he said, “you used to have two days of celebration, Allah (SWT) has replaced them with two better days: the day of Fitr and the day of Adha.” (Nisai’, Sunan al-Kubra’, 1, 542; Sunan al-Sughra 3:199).

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The days of (Eid) are days of eating and drinking and of remembering God, the Exalted." (Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 2, Number 153)




Saturday, 23 May 2020

Eid ul Fitr 2020:1441 – Eid in Lockdown

Eid is going to be different for most of us than the way we have celebrated in the past. We can’t go to the masjid or Eid parties and events, we can’t see our families and we can’t take the kids out. I am sure like us, most of you are finding your small ways to make Eid festive, with your own traditions and plans insh’Allah.

I subscribe to Sheikh Muhammad Alshareef’s e-mails and I thought his latest one was lovely and worth sharing:

With Covid-19 and it being essential that we stay at home and avoid large gatherings, here is what you can do, from the sunnah, to make this Eid a joyous stay at HOME Eid.

1.
 Wake up early and take a bath

2
. Put on your best clean and modest clothing

3.
 Before sitting for the Eid prayer, eat an odd number of dates

4.
 From after Fajr, As you sit waiting for the Eid prayer, recite the Eid takbeer chant. Say this: Allahu Akbar 3x. Laa illaaha illa Allah. Allahu akbar 2x. wa Lillaahil Hamd

5. You can start the Eid prayer 15 minutes after sunrise, in the morning, anytime from then till before Dhuhr.

6. Eid prayer is 2 rakat. In the first raka’ when you start the prayer, say 7 Allahu akbars (with the opening Allahu akbar included in that). And then, when you are coming up for the second raka’, say 6 Allahu akbars (thats 6 inclusive of the Allahu akbar you say on the way up from Sajdah)

7. When you have completed the Eid prayer -- you do not have to do a sermon at home. You can listen to a live sermon broadcast if you want. It's optional.

8. Remember, it's physical distancing we are avoiding, but not social distancing. Have online open houses and invite friends and neighbors to 'virtually' visit around this Eid.

9. Greet those who you know and those who you don't. Do this by greeting believers everywhere online.

10. Celebrate this day by thanking Allah for what He has guided us to.


And hey, Eid Mubarak.

~Muhammad Alshareef