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August 1, 2011

08/01/2011

This summer has gone by in a whirlwind of activity.  From Arabic summer school for the little ones, to visiting the YMCA and swimming.  Day trips and weekend trips and adventures to the local orchard for veggie picking have just swept the summer laziness out of my house.

Somehow, in the last two weeks, I’ve found the time to  start mentally preparing for Ramadan. I wanted this month to be better than it has in the past years.  I wanted to plan better, to do better, and to be a better helpmate to my family in this time of fasting.  I have been searching for Eid gifts most of the summer, but my real focus these last two weeks has been in understanding.

I met a wonderfully well spoken Muslimah  through my Twitter feed, and she shared with me a link for a Living Ramadan class being offered through the Islamic Educational Center at Qibla.com.  The class is free so I thought I’d give it a shot and see if I could learn more, so I could understand more, and in turn, do better.  So far it seems I’m the only person there who isn’t Muslim.  Most of the people, it seems, are either birth Muslims or converts who do not have a support system to help them learn and grow in their faith.  I’ve only listened to the introduction lecture so far and the explanations on the different Schools of Islamic Law, so I have learned something, just nothing that would apply to my everyday life yet.

Also during this time, the Etsy team, MuslimTeam, has undergone some changes and has been a flurry of activity. People are making treasuries and sharing new ideas and adding Ramadan items to their shops.  I have been working on putting more items in my Etsy Storefront, and filling custom orders for friends.

I found this workbook, or Battle Plan, on Etsy that I thought was very interesting. I wonder if it would help me ‘Do Better.’ I do like having lists and plans. I like to be informed, to know all of my options, and have a plan of attack.   I’m still deciding.

How do you plan for the month of fasting?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachael Salahat permalink
    08/01/2011 11:08 AM

    I would like to check that class out! I too would love to be more informed about ramandan and learn more since I also am not muslim but but my husband is. I always feel like I should “do more” but never know what TO DO. I lack in pretty much every thing my husband would like to me to be better at…aka cooking lol. Kristina message me on fb if you would like:) p.s do you have meals planned out for this month?

    • 08/01/2011 11:52 AM

      Rachael, I did a quick search and couldn’t find you on FB. Search for me and I will friend you. Do you still have that card I gave you? It’s my cell #. TXT me. *hugs*

  2. Rachael Salahat permalink
    08/01/2011 12:32 PM

    I have you on my beauty blog fb page, but there is not an option to friend request you. Just go to my blog page “PolishedGirl” and see the author on the bottom left and add me that way. I do not have your card anymore:(

  3. Jennifer permalink
    08/01/2011 2:37 PM

    I prepared a little by thinking of new Islamic enrichment activities for the kids. We’ll have a little lesson, read Quran, and we started a 99 names of Allah chain. Also I tried to find decorations and came up with a few Ramadan crafts for the kids. I saw a Ramadan cloth calendar online but I thought it would be fun to make our own. I think it had a pocket for each day. I usually plan out a month menu in advance but this year I decided to plan by the week. We should share menu ideas because I am burned out and I’m sure my husband is too. I look forward to learning new ways to make Ramadan special for the family.

    • 08/03/2011 9:35 AM

      Wow Jen, you are so very organized with lessons and whatnot, I’m impressed!

      As for menu planning, I usually have a general plan for the week, and it is fluid depending on how long the leftovers last. I love the idea of sharing menu ideas though. 🙂

  4. Rhonda Brihoum permalink
    08/03/2011 11:15 AM

    i would love any ideas/receipies for food. i am always willing to try to make things. but not very good at the traditional food yet. any sugguestions i would love.

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