Ramadan is such an incredibly special time for all Muslims. How beautiful is it to be able to share that with your neighbors? We recently came across sister Lubna Dadabhoy who did just that, and in the most beautiful way. With her permission, we're excited to share photos, stationary you can edit and print, as well as some questions and answers, all of which she generously provided. Check it out below!
A note from Lubna:
"Alhamdulilah, *finally* got a chance to make our traditional Iftar for our neighbors! With 4 small boys running around at home (X_X), I kept the cooking minimal and tried to fancy it up with the packaging. They had a blast delivering the boxes to all 12 neighbors and wishing them a Happy Ramadan! Since most are the same neighbors as last year, I didn't want to include the same note card, so I switched that up this year a little. I think it's important that our neighbors, whom we see in person every day and are not on our Facebook, are aware of how the recent tragedies affected us."
The box and the little compartments inside are from a store called Daiso - it is a Japanese version of the Dollar Tree and they have the best and cutest things! Their selection is much greater in person, but the gift boxes I used, along with other color/pattern options, are here.
2) How much did it cost?
The supplies to make all 12 boxes came out to about $25 (not including any grocery item). The main gift box was $1.50 USD and most of the little containers and packages came in packs of 12. A few came in packs of three or four so I had to purchase accordingly.
3) What's inside/recipes?
I am not a great Indian food cook. Please give me anything else to make - American, Mexican, Italian, Thai - and I will be happy! One of the few things I know how to make is Chicken Tikka (and versions of it), hence the reason Chicken Tikka was the star on my platters for 2 years, haha! That and I think the general public enjoy it, too. (hopefully). The keema samoosas were purchased from a lovely lady who makes them from home. I purchased the garlic naan from Trader Joe's and just wrapped them with parchment for a finishing touch. The salad is kachumber (?) and the pastries are windmill cream cheese with berries and nutella spirals. The dates were cream cheese stuffed with almonds - I didn't have a chance to make my good friend Fiona Motala-Darsot's delicious recipe; I will have to make hers next time! We finished off with a miniature bottle of sparkling cider which can be found at Smart & Final or other major grocery chain.
Despite all of your wonderful comments, we are our own worst critic - which I really need to let up on! I didn't have enough carved lemon pieces or mini ketchup containers to nestle in next to the samoosas. I was racing against the clock to have everything packaged and delivered with enough time for our family to sit together before our own iftaar. I also didn't have time to add in the fork/spoon/packaged wet cloth/napkin next to the beverage. Khayr alhamdulilah, the only one who will notice is me and it is a way to make notes for the future!
I always say: we eat with our eyes first! It doesn't matter if it is a box like mine or if you can't/don't want to cook (no judgement from me at all!) - a ribbon here, a freshly-cut garden rose there, a pretty little note with a matching paper plate goes a long way in taking something to the next level. I, myself, last year I think, didn't have enough time to go all out, so I baked one type of cookie and packaged it in small boxes (from Daiso) with a little Happy Ramadan card on top and that was it. Our wonderful neighbors still appreciated it and enjoyed it alhamdulilah. The effort is what matters and that's all that counts.
A big Jazaki Allah khairan to sister Lubna for her kind and generous spirit! We hope this serves as some beautiful inspiration for you all. <3
Your wife may have a job outside the home or she may be working all day at home taking care of the kids. Either way, there's a good chance she's busy and exhausted, just like you are. You know that amazing feeling you get when hearing the Imam's recitation at taraweeh prayer, while making du'aa in solitude, or while reading Quran? Your wife needs to feel that too.
Here are 7 ways you can help:
Don't expect elaborate meals. Yes, she will be rewarded for cooking for your family, but sometimes cooking in the kitchen just isn't the same as reading Quran or praying.
Order food from a restaurant sometimes. Or go out to eat, whatever she prefers.
If she's not fasting, don't make her wake up to make or warm up food for you.
On some nights, stay home with the kids so she can pray taraweeh at the masjid. This may come as shocking news, but praying in a babysitting/mommy room is not the same as praying without kids around you.
Help out where you can at home. This might be in the kitchen or with the kids (Think: baths, meals, bedtime, taking them outside to play). Raising children is exhausting. Wherever you can help, help!
Allocate some time on the weekend when your wife can be alone. This can be a private area in the home where there are no disturbances, or better yet, encourage her to go to the masjid, or somewhere in nature (like a quiet park), or whichever place brings her closest to Allah. She will thrive if she has time to reflect on herself without having to fulfill the needs of others.
Be a good example and give her an extra push to read extra Quran, or pray more. She is likely tired and could use the encouragement. Doing deen-related, family activities together (halaqa, reading Quran, salah, etc.) will allow you to spend time together while encouraging each other towards good.
You are in this journey of life together with her - so, share the burden with her and help out wherever you can so that she can feel the joy of this month, too.
Want to know the most important way to win your wife's love and God's pleasure?
Do all of the above without making your wife feel guilty or like you're doing her a favor at all.
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "The most beloved of people according to Allah is he who brings the most benefit, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allah, the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt, or stave away hunger from him. It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother in his time of need than I stay secluded in the masjid for a month. Whoever walks with his brother in need until he establishes that for him, Allah will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet shall slip..." (Tabarani, Hasan)
Your favorite sale is back, and this year, it's better than ever! You can save up to 25% off, not just on our Islamic wall art, but also on our newest product line, Islamic throw pillows (now in more colors)! We've got everything you need to beautify your home while making it a place of remembrance and God-consciousness.
Here's how the sale works:
Spend $40+ and save 10% by using coupon code RAMADAN10.
Spend $80+ and save 20% by using coupon code RAMADAN20.
Spend $120+ and save 25% by using coupon code RAMADAN25.
Get your Eid shopping done early and stock up on home gifts for throughout the year! The discount applies to your entire order so the more you buy, the more you save.
View our Islamic Wall Art here, our Islamic Pillows here, or view ALL of our products here.
GUARANTEED EID DELIVERY:
If you're sending someone a gift that you want them to receive for Eid, order today and just let us know during checkout that you want them to receive it FOR Eid. We'll make sure it gets to them just in time. Order no later than 6/28/16 to guarantee Eid delivery. Make sure to check out our gift wrap option during checkout, too!
If you don't know exactly what to get someone, buying a Modern Muslim Home gift card is a great option. Check them out here.
So very excited to share our newest product line with you all, MMH Pillows! You won't believe how much work has gone into these, and we're so happy to finally present them to you. From start to finish, Modern Muslim Home pillow covers are handcrafted and 100% made in the USA. Each is individually hand-cut and sewn. Even more exciting: all of the designs in this launch feature original, hand-lettered calligraphy. That means they're unique designs, lettered by hand using brush and ink, that you'll only find at Modern Muslim Home. They're then digitally edited and screen printed on our pillow covers by printers that print them exclusively for us. Every step of our production process is local and personally handled to ensure perfection.
Modern Muslim Home was the first to introduce contemporary-styled, Islamic home decor geared towards English-speaking Muslims. These pillows are no different. Each of our pillow cover designs is a trendy statement that'll liven up any room. And they're just the pop of color your home needs. We promise.
One thing we'll be doing differently this time around is that once something sells out, it may or may not be restocked. That means if you really love something, buy it now; everything we have is in limited quantities. We hope to offer new designs and products every so often inshaAllah. Our pillow covers make it super easy to change up your home decor between the seasons, so the possibilities are pretty much endless. Have fun with them!
Lastly, Modern Muslim Home pillow covers are sold with or without the pillow insert; it's your choice to buy ours or use your own, so you get some leeway in how much you spend. We strive for quality and perfection with all of the items in our shop to ensure you're getting what you pay for, so we truly hope you love what we've worked so hard on.
Enough details, scroll below for some photo goodness!
Sometimes, it can be disheartening to hear what others think about Islam, what others think about our Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wassalam. The best way to honor our prophet and counteract the negative perception people have of him is to learn his ways, follow his ways, and share his ways.
The best way to defend your religion is to be a good Muslim. Don't be good for show. Be good, truly good. Be good to your parents, to your spouse, to your siblings, to your friends, to your neighbors, to the cashier at the grocery store, to the waiter at the restaurant.
Here's a peak at Modern Muslim Home's "A Prophetic Ramadan" campaign, in which we shared daily reminders from the life of the Prophet (saw) on our Facebook page during the month of Ramadan. Although Ramadan is long gone, we hope everyone will take these lessons to heart and honor our religion by following his way. Go live Islam. Be an amazing human being.
Feel free to share with Muslims and Non-Muslims alike!
The Modern Muslim Home team
This may seem like a small thing, but did you know what the Prophet (saw) said? “Whoever meets his Muslim brother and makes him happy with something that Allah (swt) likes, Allah (swt) will make him happy on the Day of Resurrection.” (At-Tabarani). How beautiful is that?!
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales." (Bukhari and Muslim).
A nice meal. A warm smile. You know those small things you might have learned from your family about how to treat guests in your home? Be grateful for those things. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "Let whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day honor his guest." (Sahih Muslim)
Be sensitive towards other people's feelings. Don't let them feel left out. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "If you are three, two should not converse privately to the exclusion of the other, until more people join you, because that will make him sad." (Bukhari and Muslim). SubhanAllah - there is so much kindness in Islam.
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “It is obligatory for every Muslim, male or female, to acquire knowledge.” (Al-Bayhaqi)
Ramadan Mubarak, all! We hope your fasts have been going as easy as possible and that you and your families are reaping the benefits of this most special time of year!
Our Ramadan sale is back - which means you can get all your Eid shopping done now instead of during those precious last days. Our Islamic reminders for your home make the best gifts for friends, family, or your own home! They all come framed and ready to hang up.
Here's how the sale works:
Buying 1 wall hanging? You’ll get 10% off by using coupon code RAMADAN10.
Buying 2 wall hangings? You’ll get 20% off by using coupon code RAMADAN20.
Buying 3 or more? You’ll get 25% off by using coupon code RAMADAN25. That’s just $37.50 per wall hanging!
If you're sending someone a gift that you want them to receive for Eid, order today and just let us know during checkout that you want them to receive it FOR Eid. We'll make sure it gets to them just in time. Order no later than 7/10/15 to guarantee Eid delivery. Make sure to check out our gift wrap option during checkout, too!
The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! Many of you might be feeling both nervous and excited. To us, Ramadan is a time of spiritual peace and beautiful traditions. It’s a time of both quiet solitude and busy socialization, patient discipline along with food, family, and feasting. A beautiful balance of self and community.
One of the Ramadan traditions our family loves is giving small date packages to close friends and family at the start of the month. It’s a sweet way to share your excitement with those you love while asking them to keep you in their du’aas when they break their fast.
In the past, we’ve always used small baskets and spent some time packaging them nicely. This year, we are so very excited to share a fresh, new idea on how to package your dates: Ramadan date jars! We’re so in love with mason jars these days and thought it would be the perfect, hassle-free way to make the cutest little gifts! (Photos below!)
What you need:
Mason Jars (We used pint-sized. You can get these from Amazon here)
Glue/tape OR printable 2.5 inch round label sheets (which you can buy from Amazon here)
What to do:
Print out our “Ramadan Kareem” labels. You can either print them out on regular paper and cut them out with a scissor, or do what we did and print them out on 2.5 inch round sticker labels, which you can find at your local office supplies store or buy from Amazon.
Wash and dry your mason jars. The dishwasher works great for this.
Fill up the mason jars with dates.
Place the flat disc part of the lid on top of the mason jar and affix the labels to the top of the disc. Try your best to keep the labels centered. Screw on the band of the lid.
Tie some ribbon on your mason jar and you’re done!
Give these adorable little gifts to family and friends on the first night of taraweeh and just see how much they love them. Your family and friends will be touched that you thought of them and will inshaAllah make du’aa for you every time they break their fast with a date that you gifted to them. It’s a win-win situation and a wonderful Ramadan tradition to involve your kids in, too. See our photos below for some inspiration!
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Modern Muslim Home co-founder Mona H. shares a super simple recipe for a healthy-and-tasty way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You know how sometimes you just need to eat something sweet? For me, it’s with my tea. When it’s tea time, I get to finally sit down for 5 minutes, stop looking at my to-do list, and just relax. That part of my day calms me; it’s what I need to rejuvenate.
But what’s tea without a little snack? While steeping my tea (also known as dhumming my chai in Urdu ;)), I usually rummage through my pantry to find a little something sweet. A cookie, a piece of chocolate...anything really. Sometimes it’s just needed.
Since I’m on a trying-to-eat-healthier kick, this obviously isn’t the best habit. I know. But what’s a girl to do? I knew I needed a little sweet snack and I knew I didn’t want to just eat junk. I searched and searched...and finally came across the perfect thing.
These easy-peasy, pretty-healthy, no-bake energy bites are so, so good. I use the term “healthy” somewhat loosely here, because they do contain chocolate chips. But compare them to the store bought cookies you might eat and….yes, they’re pretty healthy! Oatmeal, peanut butter, toasted coconut, flax seeds, honey, and dark chocolate chips. Mmmmm.
The best part about this recipe? It’s really forgiving and you can throw in whatever you have on hand. Want it to be healthier? Don’t include the chocolate chips. Love raisins, crushed nuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds? Add them in. Love chia seeds? Add in a tablespoon. You can basically toss in whatever you’d like to suit your tastes. You just want them to be the right consistency so if the mixture is too dry, add in a little more honey or peanut butter, and if it’s too sticky, add in more oatmeal. That’s it! The only problem with these guys is that you won't be able to stop eating them. That might get in the way of trying to be healthy, so...you’ve been warned. :)
No-Bake Sweet Energy Bites
A super simple recipe for a healthy-and-tasty way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Yield: About 2 dozen
1 cup dry oatmeal(old-fashioned or quick oats)
2/3 cupcoconut flakes, toasted(I just put them in a skillet & stirred over medium heat)
1/2 cuppeanut butter(or other nut butter)
1/2 cupground flax seed
1/2 cupchocolate chips(I used dark, but any kind work)
1 teaspoonvanilla extract
Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
Cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
Once chilled, shape into small balls and enjoy!Makes approximately 2 dozen bites. Alternatively, you can spoon the mixture into a baking dish before refrigeration and then cut into small bars once chilled.
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1-2 weeks, but I promise you they won't last you that long.
Eid al Adha is almost here! That means that there are thousands of Muslims performing Hajj right now, and there’s a good chance you know some of them.
The Prophet (saw) said, “The reward for a Hajj mabroor (one that is accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
We have parties for all kinds of occasions, right? Performing Hajj is one of the most important events in one’s life. If someone close to you is at Hajj right now, be sure to congratulate them in a big way once they return. Here are some of Modern Muslim Home’s ideas for throwing a fun Hajj party for your loved ones. Be sure to check out our photos below!
1. Choose a black and gold color scheme
This sets a nice Hajj/Kaaba theme for the party. You can use black tablecloth wherever food is being served and light candles to make things fancy. Add other black and gold accents with table confetti, disposable plates and napkins, as well as balloons. Tell everyone that the dress code is *formal* and ask them to wear black and gold. We’re honoring Hajj, after all!
2. Serve Zamzam
You can use cute little cups to serve zamzam water to your guests. Other than looking adorable, how awesome is it to serve zamzam to guests?! Hopefully they’ll make du’aa for you too.
3. Have a Kaaba cake for dessert
Order a Kaaba themed cake from a bakery or make one yourself. Although it’s dessert, you can have it set up on a table from the beginning of the night to use as part of the party decor. The hajjis are going to *love* this. You can serve other desserts like baklava as well.
4. Showcase a few Hajj photos
There’s a good chance the person you’re throwing this party for has already sent you a photo or two from their Hajj trip (Kaaba selfie, anyone?). If they haven’t sent you any photos yet, you can ask them to email you some. Make this party extra special for them by printing out the photos and showcasing them in frames as part of your party decor. This inexpensive idea goes a long way - the hajjis are going to be thrilled to see those unforgettable moments on display!
5. Gifts for the Hajjis
Your loved ones may bring you back gifts from Mekkah or Medinah, but how about the other way around? Just like we give gifts on graduations and other milestones in life, Hajj shouldn’t be considered something small. As you receive your souvenirs, end the night by giving the hajji a gift as well, to congratulate them on one of the biggest achievements of their life!
May Allah (swt) accept the hajj of all the hajjis! Enjoy some photos of a few of these ideas below. If you end up throwing a hajj party yourself, we’d love to see your photos as well!
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