Sunday, 9 June 2019

Super Sisters Eid Event

I love anything Eid related, sisters only events, any excuse to get dressed up and party and also inspiring people.  So I was more than pleased to hear about the SuperSisters Big Eid party which ticked all of those boxes.  Tickets had sold out by the time I heard, but a colleague from work organised some for me and Little Lady to go along.

The event had a host of young and inspiring women: Quran reciters, spoken word poets, inspiring speakers and nasheed singers.  I was impressed by the courage these sisters had to get on stage and perform and share their stories.

This sister had a gorgeous voice and I thoroughly enjoyed her rendition of Hallelujah/Ya Ilahi:

The event had free food, although we spent so much time talking and networking that we missed most of it. There were stalls and there was a very talented henna artist (Asma Ali) who did Little Ladies henna , much to her pleasure:


I love this tray of colourful body paint that was being offered as an alternative to henna:

It was a really nicely organised events, with plenty to keep us interested and entertained and I couldn’t believe it didn’t cost us anything (including the food and henna).  I hope there is a lot more like this insh’Allah. 

Eid-ul-Fitr 2019/1440: Day 2 - Pretty Dresses, Good Food and Family

The second day of Eid for us, was for my mum the first day, so as per family tradition she hosted lunch.  Her Eid lunch is pretty much the meaning and definition of Eid for us – our soul food and our comfort food, our tradition, but also the gorgeous cooking we can’t wait for each year.  It’s the day all of us siblings and our spouses and children all get to be together and just enjoy each other’s company.  

I love my nieces outfit – my mum-in-law bought these pretty Pakhtun style dresses for all of the little girls in the family.

My youngest spent the whole day showing us her twirls:

My other niece wore a red sharer my mum bought from Pakistan (similar to the pink ones my girls wore the day before).  Matching shoes and bag were her own styling 😊

The whole little gang mashallah:

Eid lunch was mum’s lamb pilau rice, chicken curry, kofta curry, lamb kebabs, tandoori chicken, green chutney, salad and raita.

Honestly the best food I get to eat all year.

Then it was time to hand out gifts.  I think the little girls got so many they didn’t know what to do with them or where to put them all. There was also a ton of plastic wrapped in more plastic and a lot of very small toys or toys with lots of small parts.   I think there might be a lesson in this for us to co-ordinate better next year and give them less!

We also got presents, these mugs with our initials were from Shutterbug Sister and I thought they were a great idea:

The kids spent the afternoon playing games and being sore losers.  The adults spent the afternoon having tea and grazing on the various sweets and desserts, with a stream of guests and relatives passing through.  Fun for the rest of us, exhausting for my poor mum who was hosting.

We left after dinner and were all ready for some down time, especially my in-laws who are not used to being up and about all day.  We got home to find an Oreo cake from a neighbour and also that guests were on their way.  I was a bit out of it by this point and wanted to sleep but ended up sitting with the family until about midnight.  I could bee annoyed but they brought a big box of mangoes which we are still enjoying, so alhamdulillah.

I hope your Eid was a blessed and happy one insh’Allah.

Eid-ul-Fitr 2019/1440: Day 1 - A Quiet Eid

Our family is one of those that is often split doing Eid over two days.  The last few years we haven’t had the problem, but this year we ended up doing Eid one day and my parents and some of my family did it the next day.  I am past getting upset, disappointed, judging or debating any of this.  It is what it is and I believe in making the best of whatever situation I find myself in.  This being the case, the first day of Eid was sedate and easy-going.  We had a quiet lunch with just the household (I say just, but there are nine of us, so alhamdulillah, not too dull or boring).

I did the décor and made Eid sweets the night before.  Simpler this year using decorations I had made a previous year, and minus the fairy lights and balloons we usually have.

I love this little teal bowl, a gift from Fashionista from Turkey. It lasted until the ed of Eid and then disappeared. A source informs me that one of the boys broke it, but no one is owning up so far.

I managed to oversleep and miss making everyone breakfast.  Hubby made sevaiyan (vermicelli in milk) and left it for us.

Our Eid outfits were from all over the place: the girls pink sharara dresses were from bought by my mum from Pakistan, Little Lady’s black dress was from Fusion (in Green Street) and mine was a last minute Eid gift from my husband (think 1am the night before last minute) from Golden Zari.

I love the design and how wearable he outfit is (no blingy bits that fall off, or delicate chiffon for me to ruin)

We had a quiet afternoon of neighbours popping around, then napping – my body is still in Ramadan mode.

I invited the family over for dinner, some to celebrate Eid and some to break their last fast of Ramadan. I ended up making pea pilau rice, lamb curry, chicken and bell pepper curry, baked tandoori chicken, salad and chutney.  Hubby bought the kheer (desi rice pudding) for dessert and there was no shortage of mithai (Indian sweets) and chocolate.

(pic courtesy of Curly Fries)

My uncle and aunty gifted me this basket of treats which was really thoughtful, most of the chocs inside got scoffed the next day.

What was your Eid like?  Did you cook something special or do you have a special Eid tradition?

Monday, 3 June 2019

Eid-ul-Fitr 2019/1440: Chand Raat and 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 food, good company and good deeds insh’Allah. May Allah shower the Ummah with his mercy, love and grant them happiness, peace and contentment.

Please don't forget, that this night preceding Eid day (Chaand raat, or the night of the new moon) is a night of ibadat (worship) full of rewards and we should try to gain a little of that reward if we can. From 
"Shawwal: What to Do On Eid Night, Eid Day, and During the Month" by Mufti Taqi Usmani:

The Night Preceding 'Eid-ul-Fitr'
It had been the practice of the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, that he would not sleep in the night preceding the day of Eid-ul-fitr. This night has been named in a Hadith as the Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza). Almighty bestows his rewards on those who have spent the month of Ramadan abiding by the dictates of Shari'ah, and all their prayers in this night are accepted. Therefore, it is desirable to perform nafl prayers in this night. The Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, is reported to have said:

Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die. (Ibn Majah)

To benefit from this opportunity, one should perform as much worship in this night as he can and should pray for all his needs and desires. 

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)

Eid-ul-Fitr 2019/1440: Eid Sweets

I’ve done most of the housework (ahem) and food prep for Eid, so that means time to turn to some of the fun stuff. I had a few hours before I had to prepare what looks like it might be the last iftar meal of this Ramadan and Gorgeous has been pestering me about helping with the Eid sweets.  Usually we use see through plastic cups covered in cellophane (like these here), but this time decided to try something different and easier.

I had these cellophane bags that I use for my handmade cards, they can be found anywhere you can buy craft materials.  I got Gorgeous to fill them assembly belt style and we folded and sealed.  The printed labels were ones I made for a previous year and never used.  We stuck them on using glue dots.

I can’t wait to give these out 😊