Fun DIY Crafts for a Special Eid

Is it just me, or has Ramadan flown by? I can't believe it's almost Eid! With so much to prepare (read: baking, cleaning, buying gifts), I've been wondering if I'll be able to fit in any time for creating Eid decor with my daughter. 

I love making Eid special for my kids by decorating the house together and creating new family traditions. But let's be honest - not all of us have time to sit down with paper and pen creating new things from scratch. 

So I scoured the internet in search of crafty ideas which would make easy yet enjoyable Eid projects. It's fantastic to see talented people from our community creating beautiful DIY resources, making this time of year a bit more special. 

 

Here's a collection of some of our favourites:

Sweet Fajr's Suncatchers

These suncatchers are so vibrant and fun to make with older kids. Add some colour any window and bright space. Try hanging them up by your dining table for the Eid feast!

Click here for full tutorial.

  Photo: Sweet Fajr

Photo: Sweet Fajr

 

Eid Mubarak Garland

If you don't have time to cut fancy shapes but would love to add a fun splash of colour, try this cute Eid Mubarak Garland by Hello Holy Days. It's easy enough to try with your younger kids and would be made in a cinch.

Click here for full tutorial.

  Photo: Hello Holy Days

Photo: Hello Holy Days

 

Paper Bag Mosques

What should I hand out to the kids who visit on Eid day? These fun Paper Bag Mosque goodie bags for kids by Hello Holy Days are just adorable. Made with simple shapes, you can definitely get all your kids involved. Fill them with your favourite stationary and crafty goodies!

Click here for full tutorial.

  Photo: Hello Holy Days

Photo: Hello Holy Days

 

Mini Piñatas

If you'd like to get a little extra crafty, make these super cute Mini Piñata by Sweet Fajr. It's okay to satisfy your sweet tooth for one day - fill these with yummy goodies and treats!  Kids will have a blast trying to break them open. 

Click here for full tutorial.

  Photo: Sweet Fajr

Photo: Sweet Fajr

 

Gift Set Printables

What's Eid without giving gifts to friends and loved ones? These Gift Set Printables by In My Studio are a lifesaver. Simply print out the elegant Eid gift box, gift tags & money packets and you're ready to fill them with meaningful gifts and messages. 

Click here for full tutorial.

  Photo: In My Studio

Photo: In My Studio

 

Eid Money Balloons

Last but not least - Eidi! Or Eid money as most call it. I'm not sure where this originated but it spans across all cultures. And, let's face it, it brings the most joy for kids of all ages. I remember growing up, how much we loved counting our money to see how much we made by the end of Eid! These easy to make Eid Money Balloons by Modern Muslim Home, add an element of surprise and fun for the kids!

Click here for full tutorial.

  Photo: Modern Muslim Home

Photo: Modern Muslim Home

 

Wishing you a blessed Eid!

 

4 Dietician-Approved Suhoor Recipes for Lasting Energy

At the start of Ramadan I always have these high aspirations of eating super healthy, having a wholesome suhoor that ticks all the boxes of being low GI, full of protein, etc. How about you?

This year I even tried cutting out overly processed food and refined sugar for the WHOLE month. Well, that part didn't happen—couldn't say no to dessert after iftar—but I did manage to eat healthy suhoor meals (for the first 5 days at least!)

Now that we're almost halfway through Ramadan, it's a good time to revisit our suhoor strategy. Looking for some inspiration, I reached out to friend and registered dietician Nazima Qureshi.

Read on to find out her professional tips and tricks on the best kinds of food to eat for the pre-dawn meal, so you can make the most of your fasting without feeling (too) drained.  Here's what she had to share...

Do not skip suhoor!

Along with suhoor being a sunnah, it is an opportunity to energise and nourish your body before starting a long fasting day. There are four components to a healthy suhoor meal:

Protein - This will help you feel fuller throughout the day and included foods such as eggs, lentils, and Greek yogurt.

Whole grain carbohydrates - Incorporating whole grain carbohydrates will help stabilise your blood sugars and provide you with a more sustained source of energy. This includes foods such as whole grain bread, oatmeal, and barley.

Healthy fats - Healthy fats will help you feel satisfied and prevent you from overeating other foods. This includes avocado, nuts, chia seeds, and nut butters.

Fruit/Vegetable - Fruit and vegetables provide a variety of nutrients so you are nourished and energized throughout the day. Opt for a variety of colours and hydrating options such as cucumber, lettuce, watermelon, and strawberries.
 

Recipes to help you bring it to the table

So now that we know what we need to eat, the next step is bringing it together in a recipe. Namiza's got us covered with some of her favourites here:
 

1. Strawberry chocolate overnight oats

This is a great suhoor to prepare the night before and is the most filling option - also tastes delicious! Use fresh or frozen strawberries or get creative and change up the fruit, blueberries also go down well. Click here for the full recipe.

 

2. The "I have no time and woke up with 2 minutes to spare" option: Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Another brilliant backup option to prepare in advance, and it's naturally sweetened with dates, a sunnah food we will all likely have in our homes during Ramadan. Click here for the recipe.

 

3. Power Pancakes

Who doesn't love a good pancake? This is a gluten-free, wheat free pancake that comes together in minutes (let us know how long its takes you!). Have it on its own or add your own toppings such as nuts and fruit. Click here for the recipe.

 

4. Wholegrain chocolate chip zucchini muffins

This is a great grab n' go option, especially for those that have a hard time eating suhoor so early in the morning. You'll also get a sneaky dose of veggies without even tasting the zucchini. Click here for the full recipe.

 


4. savoury oatmeal

If you'd prefer a savoury suhoor option, this oatmeal is for you! Click here for the recipe.

 

Ramadan meal planner to help keep you on track


Check out Nazima's brilliant 30 Day Ramadan Meal Plan with healthy suhoor and iftar recipes laid out for you so you don't have to worry about what to cook during Ramadan!

The recipes are designed to keep you energised and includes easy to follow recipes, weekly grocery lists, post-iftar snacks, daily Sunnah tasks checklist, and a highlight of Sunnah foods throughout the recipes.

Nazima also has these free suhoor and iftar printable planners to help you plan out your meals for a week.

 

Enjoy! xx

How do I get a Salam Sisters doll?

You're not the only one asking us! We're beyond excited to share that our dolls are (finally!) available for pre-orders.

If you're in the UK, you'll be among the first in the world to welcome your very own Salam Sister to the family. Based on our current delivery schedule, they will reach your door just in time for Eid al-Adha, inshallah!  

Check out our online store now to pre-order. 

For everyone else outside of the UK, we're working hard behind the scenes to bring our girls to your shores as soon as possible.

Please sign up to our newsletter and let us know where you're located so we can try and get them to you sooner!

Best,

Salam Sisters x

 

 

Celebrating #dayofthegirl

We're supporters of the UN's International Day Of The Girl, with the mission to "help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls' lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential."

"Show leadership & reach their full potential."

To celebrate, we've put together a list of brilliant young Muslim girls who inspire us with their determination to realise their goals.

 

1. FemSTEM the only all-girls team at a robotics competition, winning best overall performance!

 Image: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Image: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Zaina Siyed founded FemSTEM, a team of Muslim girls between the ages 10 to 14 to compete at the First LEGO League robotics competition; which aims to "(inspire) the science & technology leaders of tomorrow." Through an online campaign, Zaina recruited her team members and funded their team. 

They discovered on the day of the competition that they were the only all-girls team at the competition! They took out the prize for the biggest award of the day — best overall performance. 

 

2. Zymal Umar, social entrepreneur at age 9 with her own startup Zee Bags

 Image: Zee Bee Facebook page

Image: Zee Bee Facebook page

Zymal was inspired to create a solution when she was appalled by the amount of plastic bags littering the streets in Sarghoda, Pakistan - her hometown. Resulting in Zee Bags - an environmentally friendly business which sells paper bags, the income of which is used to help underprivileged kids. 

She has been awarded the TIE Youngest Entrepreneurship Awardreceived a gold medal from the Federal Secretary of Education in Pakistan, and also invited to Saudi Arabia to receive the Prince Abdul Aziz Award for Children Pioneer / Ecopreneur Award.

 

3. Girls from community team designing their own basketball uniforms

 Image: Jim Mone/AP

Image: Jim Mone/AP

The Muslim girls on Cedar Riverside girls’ community basketball team were faced with the challenge of playing basketball while sticking to their choice to dress modestly. So they designed uniforms themselves, allowing them to continue playing the sport they loved in comfort. They got help from the students at the University of Minnesota College of Design and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

 

4. Rayouf Alhumedhi proposing the world's first Hijab emoji

Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 15-year-old high school student living in Berlin, became interested in emoji after trying to find an image to represent her and her friends on her iPhone keyboard. After first writing in on Apple’s website, she finally learned from Mashable’s Snapchat story how to properly submit a proposal to Unicode. Since then, she has expanded her team to help make her mission come into reality. Read more here. 

 

5. Fareeha, the 14 year-old martial arts champion from India

 

6. In Pakistan, 14-year-old Shireen and her brother started a school for street kids.


Do you know an inspiring young girl? We'd love to hear about her efforts and achievements. Click here to let us know.