Eid al-Adha- the holiest Muslim holiday- is celebrated in the United States on September 12th this year. Eid al-Adha is known as the 'feast of sacrifice' and commemorates the day when prophet Abraham was going to sacrifice his son but was instructed by God to offer an animal instead. The festival traditionally lasts for four days but that varies by country-this year in Turkey it will last nine days. The date the Eid celebration starts is decided by authorities in Saudi Arabia. They confirm the actual dates of the Muslim festival- and the pilgrimage to Hajj in Mecca -on September 1 based on the sighting of the moon. In the Islamic calendar Eid al-Adha is celebrated 10 days later. This is the second of the Eid holidays and marks the end of Hajj.
"The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's holiest site, and is an integral part of the Muslim faith. According to the Koran, all Muslims who can afford to should make the journey to Saudi Arabia at least once in their lifetime. Every year, at least two million will make the pilgrimage, circle the Kaaba, a shrine built by Ibrahim, and pray to Allah. The prophet Muhammad said that a person who performs Hajj properly "will return as a newly born [free of all sins]"." The Week
The celebration of Eid is a public holiday that involves animal sacrifice, prayers and public gatherings. The family and friends exchange food and gifts and they are also required to share with the poor and the needy so they can celebrate as well.
Here’s our top 5 unique gift picks for your stylish loved ones celebrating Eid.
Men love gifts too and the Wolf Eyes Beard Oil made by Homme Bound is a winner. To start, it’s crafted with the highest quality and proprietary fragrance oil and vitamin B complex- all amazing for taking care of the beard. It’s a woody and masculine fragrance with citrus, cardamom and musk. Free of all the naughties like phthalates and alcohol and never used with or on animals. To top it off it’s halal, kosher and vegan. Boom. Feel free to use a little on yourself ladies- a little oil is good for the skin too.
A Canadian company, Homme Bound is a celebration of style, diversity and unity amongst men. At Homme Bound we believe that a man's beard is more than just facial hair - It is a symbol reflective of his personality, identity, and way of life.
From fitness to modest fashion we have your gal covered. The Mandala Reflection Top from Mumine Activewear has a gorgeous, reflective mandala print on the back of the perfect-red workout shirt. Made from their GO-dri fabric that keeps you cool and dry during your hardest workouts. Modest fashion meets fitness baby!
Every glamorous gal needs a little halal lip color once she's showered and ready to celebrate. We love a matte lip and the ones from Tuesday in Love are the perfect formula. "Dubai" is our go-to red. A creamy texture with a lightweight finish AND halal, you can't miss with these so hey, give her two!
No home is complete without something special to give it a chilly vibe. As your guest come by to celebrate, fill the air with the scent of patchouli, coconut and vanilla with the Mecca candle from Jboutiq. Mecca (Makkah in Arabic) is the center of the Islamic world and the birthplace of both the Prophet Muhammad and the religion he founded so we find it the perfect gift to honor this Eid holiday.
The hamsa in Islam it is known as the hand of Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatima and symbolizes patience, loyalty, faith and resistance against difficulties. This beautiful and modern hamsa rendition from Cemment is made from concrete and covered in gold leaf. Beautiful inside or outside the home, the hamsa is a constant reminder that your home is protected.
Modest Fashion- Yes, There’s Something For Everyone
In case you missed it there's a new kind of fashion buzz and it's modest. No nudity? What-cover up the body?!?! Yes, and it's fun. Modest fashion has typically been associated with religious principles. It still is but it's also a new fashion movement about women saying guess what, we can be beautiful without overt sexuality in the way we dress (sorry, Kardashian fans). It's being captured by the religious faithful and the fashion faithful. Here's what the media is saying...
"one of the modest community's biggest icons — an unofficial spokesperson, even — is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge." Zahra Aljabri, Refinery 29
"They (MimuMaxi) grew up religious and keeping to Jewish standards of modesty (covered elbows, knees and collarbones) but struggled to balance fashion and faith. Now they have customers who aren't religious but believe dressing modestly is a way to assert female empowerment and self-confidence." USA Today
"There was a void in the Muslim community for modest clothing—we're always buying things from overseas—and to have it made available and not just have modest clothing but have it be affordable and fashionable." Ibtithaj Muhammad, NY Mag
Here's a look at some of our favorite designers..
Mumine Activewear and Unorthodox Hijabs are two of our favorites. Focusing on function and fashion within the modest active market they inspire women all over to work out. Period. All the while with contemporary colors and no attention to active- detail left out. They did it.
From Indian designers to Jewish and Muslim designers to Christian bloggers, everyday wear is has been modernized and is fashion-forward. Beautiful construction, clean and modern lines, and classic colors blur the lines between religion and the garment district. This could be the latest in Yohji Yamamoto or what today is known as modest fashion. Modestologie, Fabologie, Ruh Collective, Mimu Maxi and ModeSte are a few of the big names and the latest words on modest fashion.
DESIGNER (MODEST) FASHION
Who's influencing who? It's an industry secret for sure but designers this year decided to cover it up a bit-and have clearly been influenced by faith. Hemant & Nandita blend their Indian traditions with contemporary style. Dolce & Gabbana are no strangers to religion. With Sicilian roots, you see the Virgin Mary, the Madonna and crucifixes woven into their collections almost annually. This year they were inspired by Muslim garb and debuted a line of abayas that fashionistas globally have made wardrobe staples. Not to be left behind Gucci manages to include inspired symbolism in their designs and Zimmerman is downright heavenly with their latest collection. Leave it to Princess Kate to continually portray a fashionably modest woman who is on the top of every designers list.
At FH we respect faith and we respect fashion. We love the challenge of taking on the new trends with an open and creative outlook. We are believers.
With the arrival of a new crescent moon, Ramadan has ended for many Muslims. It is a time to celebrate 30 days of fasting with-usually-three days of feasting. Many cultures celebrate with family, community and food. Christians "break bread", for Jews it's shabbat and Seder, the Langar is a 'free kitchen' where Sikhs gather and eat together, Hindus may have a Pooja meal and so on. Meals are a time to join together and honor your customs and beliefs with these food-bourne traditions- in a really yummy way.
So here is a quick guide with help from Al Jazeera and FH to must-have bites for the celebratory feasting of Eid Al-Fitr. We found recipes from our fave global bloggers to keep this easy.
BINT ALSAHN (Beauty of the Table)
A sweet made by folding thin layers of dough, topped with honey and nigella seeds.
This recipe is from The Yemen Kitchen who's blog focuses on Yemeni food with a historical twist. The Bint Al-Sahn is generally served in the middle of lunch and with the higher class status of your guests the more expensive honey one would use.
MANTI (Turkish dumplings)
The word manti is derived from mantu, meaning dumplings. It's a favorite Turkish dish filled with spiced ground meat and onion. Ozlem's Turkish Table shares their loves of Turkish food with this recipe. Perfect as a gift or for your Eid feast!
ASEEDA (big dumpling-our description)
As the Yemen Kitchen puts it- this dish can be shared equally with pride by the rich or the poor. The Aseeda is like a large dumpling with sauce made from chicken broth and there are rules for eating Aseeda as it is something you enjoy with your hands. All of the etiquette as well as the ingredients are shared by Yemen Kitchen so don't miss their post should you be partaking in this food.
SEVAIYAN KI KHEER (noodle pudding)
While the name of this dish doesn't roll off the tongue, don't let that scare you away. Nor should the concept of vermicelli pudding. Just taste it already! A sweet dish that is a must for any festival and easy to make. Tarla Dalal has a great recipe and promises a 20 minute cook time for last minute chefs. (hint: great for Diwali too!)
BOLANI (stuffed flatbreads)
We have to admit we might stuff this with butter, sugar, cinnamon, maybe some dates and chopped pecans? However this Afghan stuffed flatbread is commonly found with spinach, potatoes or perhaps lentils. The recipe for the savory version with potatoes is from My Ninja Naan, a gal with a husband nicknamed Hot Chocolate and wishes she was born with a whisk and flour and hands. Quick and easy to make!
KAHK (butter cookies)
Did we hear you correctly? That's ok cuz we love cookies! And Cleobuttera makes (self-proclaimed) Fabulous Kahk so this recipe is a must. Perfect for the kiddos post Ramadan Eid feast...
YOU XIANG (Chinese Elephant Ear- our description)
Harder than it looks to make, this traditional Chinese Eid food is usually eaten with soup or rice (not laden with sugar carnival-style). Best to learn this passed down from a master You Xiang maker but you have to learn somewhere. The recipe and pictures from Cooking Simple Chinese Food At Home will give you a great start. Psst check out the other recipes there too!
KUIH (steam cakes)
Visiting families and sharing sweets is the way to celebrate Eid in Malaysia. These look a little tricky to make but they are kid faves and so colorful. Knock yourself out with rainbows of color and the recipe from Singapore Local Favourites.
MAMOUNIA (Syrian semolina pudding)
Beautifully presented by Chef In Disguise, this recipe for Mamounia is a Syrian specialty that is served as a breakfast dish. Combining semolina, cheese, and pita topped with pistachio and cinnamon. No one will care what time of day you serve this bowl of delicious...
CAMBAABUR (Somalian crepes)
The cambabuur (or cambaabur) are Somalian crepes often served at breakfast and eaten dipped in yogurt. They come sweet or savory so up to your friends and family as to how you want to serve them. This recipe from the Somali Kitchen is savory- with spices like saffron, turmeric, cumin, onion, garlic, and sometimes chilli.
Thank you to the many worldly bloggers sharing with and teaching us about food and faith in their countries. May you have a very Happy Eid! #prayyourway FH
MUMINE ACTIVEWEAR: A PROFILE
"Our goal is to inspire every woman to live an active lifestyle, to empower women to lead her best life through active living.
We aim to provide functional yet trendy activewear without compromising your beliefs."
Many people question why would someone have to cover up so much of their body to work out, to swim, to live their life. We don't believe that's a question to ask but an ideal to honor as everyone's faith has its own rituals. Having faith doesn't mean you fall off the fashion bandwagon. Mumine Activewear gives women a fun and fashion-forward option for the modest woman-from athletes to those just getting off the couch. We wanted to know the inspiration behind owner Jessica's motivation and she gave us some very inspirational answers...
-What is your definition of faith?
My definition of faith is believing in God even if you can not see Him, having faith gives you hope and belief in the goodness and kindness of all mankind.
-How would you define spirituality?
Finding your inner peace, with yourself and with the world, a sense of well-being and intuitive guidance.
-Would you consider yourself spiritual or faithful? Or is there a difference?
I consider myself more faithful but I am exploring the sense of spirituality to find that inner peace and well-being. Faith and spirituality go hand in hand as you can complement your faith with spirituality.
-Do you have specific rituals that you do in relation to your faith (meditation, prayer, celebrations, etc)?
As a Muslim, I pray 5 times a day. We have our yearly fasting that is coming very soon and celebrations regarding Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha. Besides that Islam is not only all about praying or fasting but is also a way of life that reflects on how to behave in a proper way through doing good deeds and seeking the pleasure of God that our souls can find true happiness and peace.
-Do you share your faith with others or keep it private?
My headscarf is the most important part that you can see regarding my faith.
-What’s your favorite thing about faith?
Knowing that if you do good, good will come to you and believing that every test is a blessing.
-Do you buy gifts, items for your house or items that you wear that are related to faith or spirituality?
I love headscarves in every color or print and in every size or style. A part of my closet is solely for my headscarves. (ok we MUST find out which brands Jessica loves!!)
-Do you have any funny stories related to faith?
Well, I am a convert born in Belgium and sometimes people ask me where I come from, so I tell them “from Belgium”, so they say: “okay but where are you originally from”. I say again “from Belgium”.
They say again, “yes okay, but where are your parents from”, I have to laugh and say I was born here, my parents are born here and even my great great grandparents are born here.
They can’t seem to understand that part because I wear a headscarf. J
-Do you have any places that remind you of your faith or feel spiritual to you?
I love to travel to Turkey, they have such beautiful mosques with the most beautiful Islamic arts on the ceilings and walls. Visiting these mosques make one ponder life and our purpose in life.
Included a picture of my latest visit to the Sultan Ahmet mosque in Istanbul
-Did your faith influence you in business and/or what you are creating?
I have always loved sportswear, but the sportswear of today is all about showing. I do love the prints and special techniques that are used in the latest trends of active wear. We really love the designs of Lululemon and are a source of inspiration where our latest designs are based upon.
There are some sportswear brands that cater to Muslim women, but I couldn’t find something I really liked and would actually wear and feel good in. Most of them are frumpy or too short. I also love special designs and bright colors or bold prints. That’s something you don’t see in the modest sportswear of today. So I decided to create my own activewear with designs I would love to wear and that still is in compliance with my faith.
Thank you for your poignant point of view Jessica. We are in with you & your modest sportswear. FH
Faithhaus recently stumbled across Haute Hijab - and we are so very smitten. Haute Hijab is a very hip online clothing store geared to Muslim women with a modest esthetic. Born in the Midwest and supported by passion for social justice and positive change, HH supports women who wear the hijab, or head scarf, with a strong, positive, and inclusive message and a social media presence that helps stylish women celebrate their faith along with their fashion choices.
Not Muslim? No problem. Women of all faiths wear scarves! Personally, I like to take large scarves traveling because they are easy to carry and multi-functional. They protect from the hot sun when worn wrapped around the shoulders or over the head. They are handy when touring temples and historic sites of many faiths to show respect - either by covering the shoulders, the head, or even worn as a long skirt. And certainly not least, not by a long shot, they are fashionable and beautiful, a perfectly simple accessory when traveling or at home.
The designs sold at Haute Hijab - all of which are created in-house, are geared towards Muslim women. The thing is - wearing of a head scarf, whether for faith or for fashion, is inspiring and beautiful for anyone interested in style (Think of style icon Grace Kelley in a scarf and sun shades). Anyone can shop at Haute Hijab - and you won't be judged - just be prepared to answer if someone asks where you got your beautiful scarf. The Haute Hijab website is modern and easy to shop, and their Instagram feed is filled with hashtag #HHspottedclub highlighting dozens of global beauties sporting their hijab in their daily life: dressing up, dressing down, sporty, fashion, hanging out... you get the idea.
Faithhaus is inspired by expressions of faith are filled with beauty and style. We are inspired by Haute Hijab, and when the Faithhaus shopping platform launches in March we will be BEGGING them to open a boutique with us. Love.
Oh and by the way, as if beautiful fashions weren't enough.. they just introduced housewares! These gorgeous square bowls could double for jewelry holders or serving dishes. Inspired by the Alhambra Palace and very #globalchic.
Photos: Haute Hijab