It's almost that time of year again, that time that brings together over a billion Muslims around the world to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam. It's a time of worship, a time of devotion, and a time of celebration!
For my readers who are not familiar with the month of Ramadan; Ramadan is the 9th month of the Lunar Calendar. It is a holy month where Muslims all over the world fast from pre-dawn till sunset. The fast helps Muslims disconnect from their worldly pleasures to reconnect with their Lord.
Fasting is an exercise of self restraint. Muslims do not just fast from food, but from drinking water, smoking, listening to music, using foul language, lying and cheating. It is commonly seen as a way to physically and spiritually detox one's body as a whole.
It is not uncommon to see Muslims spend more time in Mosques, taking advantage of late nights reading Quran and spending their days looking for opportunities to gain good deeds during this blessed month. Fasting from food is a reminder to think of those less fortunate. Voluntarily going 12-14 hours without food helps Muslims feel so much more of those who have no choice in the matter.
Though Ramadan is perceived as a challenge to an outsider, it is one that Muslims embrace. Other than reconnecting with God, which is the ultimate purpose of Ramadan, this time of year is also known for bringing families and friends together. Ramadan feasts are held in homes, mosques, and community centers for those fasting and guests alike to break bread with one another.
One of the most anticipated parts of this holiday for our youth is what comes when the month is done, which is the celebration of breaking the fast, called Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is a 3 day celebration; it is a time for gift exchanges, delicious sweets, family games and activities.
Finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones during Ramadan may be a challenge in and of itself. If you are anything like me, you really take pride in the gifts you buy for people, but sometimes finding the right gift takes too much time. It may easily interfere with the time you have set aside to better yourself during Ramadan. So, I have personally spent the last 2 months hand picking gifts for both kids and adults, boys and girls ,and everyone in between to create The Ultimate Ramadan/Eid gift guide.
The products on this guide are all from Muslim based companies and a few even carry a discount code. Be sure to use the discount code for ANY purchases made from their website, not just the items on the gift guide.
I truly hope this gift guide helps with the gift buying this holiday season; a lot of these products listed are some of my favorites. I hope you all enjoy them too!