From celebrating iftar to sharing recipes and messages of kindness, Muslims from all over the world have been taking to Instagram to show how they’re celebrating their holy month. Using hashtags such as #Ramadan2019 and #Monthofgood, Instagram’s diverse Muslim community has been using the platform to connect with each other and other communities this Ramadan.
Today, we speak with Instagram foodie, Ayesha, the founder of My Big Fat Halal Blog – a halal food platform where she shares restaurant reviews, recipes and travel guides, to find out what Ramadan means to her and how she celebrates during this holy month.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, where Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the month of fasting. Ramadan is a highly intense spiritual month where we train ourselves to become better people. It is commonly known that Muslims fast with their stomachs by not eating from sunrise to sunset, however, it is actually a time where we fast with our entire bodies. We fast with our mind by intending to have good thoughts and spiritually feeding our souls with the teachings of Islam, we fast with our eyes by not looking at things we shouldn’t, we fast with our ears by not listening to gossip, we fast with our mouths by not speaking ill of people or swearing… you get the picture! We basically try our hardest to be the best version of ourselves for 30 days straight in order to form good habits and behavioural patterns with the hope that we will continue them till the next Ramadan.
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After this intense month, it’s marked with the festival of Eid. Eid is a day where Muslims are actually prohibited to fast, encouraging people to eat (woohoo), take time off work and enjoy! Here’s how it goes...
The night before
Eid actually begins at sunset, straight after the last iftar (breaking of the fast during Ramadan). After eating and praying, I take a trip to visit my grandma and wish her a happy Eid. I’m usually treated to some of her delicious snacks and quality family time. I also love to get henna done on my hands and get my clothes ready for the next morning.
The following day, my family and I will wake up pretty early to the smell of my mum’s amazing homemade kheer (sweet milk). It’s traditional to start the day with something sweet. We then head to Eid prayer which is held in large grounds, parks or mosques.
I personally love to go to my local park for Eid prayer, where thousands of Muslims gather to pray and celebrate together. The community spirit is amazing, and you really feel a sense of unity and oneness.
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This year, I’ve been following Instagram’s #MonthofGood campaign to see how people across the globe celebrate and share everyday kindness. I also look at hashtags like #Ramadan2019 and #Eid on Instagram to see how Muslims around the world are celebrating this holy month.
After Eid prayer we head home, exchange gifts and get ready for lunch aka The post-Ramadan feast. We stuff ourselves with incredible food and I pretty much make up for the entire month of fasting in one sitting! The rest of the day is spent visiting family and friends, catching up and playing games.
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As a foodie, the highlight of Eid is definitely the feast! I love making special desserts and you can find lots of my creations over on my blog and Instagram. Happy Eid!