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Bismillah

In the name of God we begin.

The first ten days of Ramadan are of mercy, the second ten are of forgiveness and the last ten are freedom from hellfire. May God grant us all their stations ameen.

Counting the month of Ramadan can be slightly confusing– especially for my first born; whose job is to move the crescent counter from one pocket to the next. Ramadan always starts at night. The first night of Ramadan starts at sundown, there is no fasting during that day. The first fasting day is the next. Example: The third fasting day is counted the fourth night comes sundown (both days and nights are counted in the holy month). Confused yet? Mei tries to change the counter as soon as she wakes up, but we have to explain to her that she has to wait until sundown. “but we’re already on the second day, I woke up!”

Just as people make resolutions for the new year, Muslims make resolutions for Ramadan. My resolution for this Ramadan is (you might remember this from this post) to speak less. Simple and straight forward. It ain’t easy for me though. I am a talker and a loud one for that matter (or at least for my Midwestern family). Can you tell?

The girls have fawanees (Ramadan Lanterns) this year. They were bought at Ikea in anticipation.

The man worked very hard at installing our Ramadan lights this year. Our house looks like a bride awaiting her wedding.

Do share your Ramadan resolutions if you have any this year, I’m always looking for inspiration.

Peace and Blessings

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  1. what a beautiful post mA. We decorate for the last ten days of Ramadan (and Eid of course) but I feel like some fairy lights up after seeing this! Ramadan Mubarak! xx

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  2. I’ve never decorated for Ramadan before. I’d love to get some more ideas on how to go about decorating for Eid. What else do you do? Also, did you get these lanterns at Ikea recently? We’ve been looking for them everywhere, and haven’t been able to find the kind that they sell overseas.

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    • For Eid we add banners to the lights. Ikea still carries those lanterns in different colors. Good luck and Ramadan Mubarak to you and yours.
      Peace.

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      • Thank you so much! I will convince the posse to head up to the ‘Icky’ store this weekend. I will see about some banners and fairy lights too. Do you stick with the star and crescent theme or are there other shapes to consider?

      • Our style in decoration is a mix of my husbands American style Christmas lights and my Egyptian style of Fanoos lights and banners (traditionally in Egypt banners decorate the streets in Ramadan, they’re never seen inside homes) Since we have a mishmash of traditions we kind of make our own up. As long as it’s something special and memorable for the kids, I say go for it and add whatever it is that brings something celebratory from your childhood that you can share with your kids. I’ve even seen converts who were so emotionally attached to the tree idea decorate a Ramadan tree.
        Peace.

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