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Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017

Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan

Ramadan is a really special time when Muslims around the world fast daily for an entire month. Our fasting consists of not eating or drinking anything, and not having sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. Besides fasting, we try to focus more on our spirituality by praying more, reading the Quran, and doing more charitable acts. We also try to control and avoid our bad habits and any bad behaviour we may have. We try to be the best version of ourselves and Ramadan is a great time to break that bad habit we've been trying to break for a long time or to become a more practising muslim. 

It's a time to detach from material pleasures and to be closer to God. By fasting, we also remember to be more grateful for everything we have because it reminds us that there are so many people who are less fortunate and sometimes have nothing to eat. Thus, we try to give more to charity than usual during this time.

This was my 5th Ramadan since I converted to Islam. I can't believe that time pass so quickly! And I think it was the best one. Why? First of all, since my first Ramadan, I had this goal of trying to read the entire Quran (translation) during this blessed month. I've read it completely more than once before, but every time I would try to read it fully during the month of Ramadan, I would fail. But this year, I finally did it, and this achievement made me really happy.

I also prayed my 5 daily prayers on time, like I haven't done in a long time. It's a really nice time to reevaluate your life, to get closer to God and purify your thoughts and intentions. I didn't go to the Mosque, or in my case here, Islamic Centre, because it is far from me, too small and not good to go alone, especially at night. But In sha Allah (if God wills) I can have this opportunity one day to live close to a mosque where I can go for Taraweeh (daily night prayer in congregation during Ramadan).

Last year, I was in England and I could have a little bit of taste of what is like to spend Ramadan surrounded by other Muslims. It's really an incredible feeling seeing that many people around you are going through the same things, feeling hungry and thirsty and still having to do the normal daily activities like work or study. It's a feeling of community and also an understanding like for example if they see you on the street, even without knowing you, they understand you, and sometimes give you a smile or say As Salam Alaikum (peace be with you), or Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan).

Here in Recife, I spend Ramadan alone, and I have to rely on my online community to feel part of something and to not feel lonely, because as a convert, my family aren't muslim and the few muslim girls I know from here live all far from me. This is one of the reasons I can't shut down the internet completely, and also because I work with it. But I did try to be online less time as possible. Spending Ramadan alone has a positive side, I have more time to dedicate to accomplish my goals, like for example, completing the Quran, praying on time and learning more about Islam. However, it was amazing to have the chance to go for Eid prayer and celebrate it with other Muslims (more on that in the next topic).

Ramadan also has its difficulties besides the low energy for not eating or drinking anything during the day. I've noticed that during this month, the problems or difficulties that usually come slowly throughout the year, come all at once during Ramadan. It can be different for each person, like family or friendship problems, racist attacks, terrorist attacks (and people wanting to accuse the religion and the entire population of Muslims in the world for that), anxiety crises and panic attacks (that comes with all that), and many other things. It is difficult to control our anger, sadness, disappointments. But I also noticed that if we stay firm, trying to be the best that we can, we always leave the month of Ramadan with our faith strengthened and ready to overcome anything for another year until the next Ramadan arrives. So, in a sense, Ramadan is like a really powerful vitamin and an intensive training to prepare us for any challenge that we may face during the year.


Eid al Fitr

Eid is a day of celebration for Muslims. The Eid al Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan with a prayer, family and friends gatherings, gifts exchanges, etc. This time, Eid prayer wasn't performed in the Islamic Center. Actually, it's a tradition for this special prayer to be done in an open space, like in a park for example. But as the Islamic community here in Recife is very small, they used to always do it inside. Anyway, it was a really good surprise when I found out that this time the prayer would be in a different place. It was on the top floor of the Paço Alfândega, a small shopping centre close to the river and beach with amazing views. The reason for choosing another place was because this time there would be a little more Muslims so we wouldn't fit inside our tiny Islamic centre.

Last year, as I said before, I spent Eid in England for the first time. It was an amazing experience to see so many Muslims together in one place and to perform the prayer in one of my favourite parks there, Valentines Park in Ilford, surrounded by nature. But I really missed the community here in my city. Although small, we kind of know everyone and always celebrate the end of Ramadan together with a lot of food after the prayer, while in England (at least on the place I was), right after the prayer everyone goes to celebrate with their own family and friends at home or in a restaurant, or they simply go to work. If you don't have any family or friends there, you are left alone. Which is kind of sad.   

First Outfit

For the Eid prayer in the morning, I chose to wear this Pakistani kameez (tunic). It has its own trouser (shalwar) and dupatta (very long scarf), in the same colour, but I chose to pair it with my black jeans and my glittered gold scarf I have since 2013. The kameez isn't new too, I've worn only once or twice before. The cute Pakistani shoes (sorry, I didn't take a nice photo of them) I bought to wear it on Eid last year, it's only my second time wearing it.

It's a tradition, if you can afford, to wear new clothes for Eid. But I already have too many clothes, and because I'm trying to be more minimalist, I decided not to buy or make anything new. Actually, I'm trying to stay an entire year without buying new clothes until May 2018 or even until 2019. I'll write a post about it later to explain better. I'm sorry for the quality of the photos of this first outfit, you can't see how beautiful the embroidered in this tunic is and also how awesome is the landscape. It was a grey winter day, the wind was blowing too hard, and I didn't have my DSLR camera with me. I hope I can come back there another day for better pictures of that place.
Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Second Outfit

Later on, I went to celebrate it with my family. They're not muslim, but they are amazing with me. I changed my outfit for something that is more my style. I prefer to wear those traditional clothes in muslim gatherings only. If I'm the only one dressed like that in a restaurant, I draw much more attention from people and sometimes some racist comments. I still draw attention because of the scarf but is much less than if I were wearing more cultural clothes from an Islamic country. 

I kept the black jeans, but I changed the shoes to my comfortable flats sandals. The brown dress is one I've been loving to wear lately, and I paired it with this floral kimono. I'm not into floral prints, but because it has neutral and earth colours, I'm in love with it. The scarf is one of my favourites too for my everyday wear, and I wore it in a turban style with a tail on the side.

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd
 Ramadan Reflections & Eid Outfit // 2017 - Eid, eid mubarak, eid al fitr, islam, islam in Brazil, muslims, hijab, modesty, modest fashion, ramadan, outfit of the day, ootd

So, did you like my Eid outfits? If you are muslim, how were your Ramadan and Eid? I hope it was great! I would love to hear from you in the comments! :)

See you in the next post!

xoxo,
Andrea 

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First outfit (Sorry, I don't remember where I bought them)

Second outfit:

01 / Scarf (no brand)

02 / Dress by Forever 21 / Similar here and here

03 / Floral kimono by Forever 21 / Similar here

04 / Jeans by Zara / Similar here and here

05 / Flat Sandals by H&M / Similar here and here

06 / Earrings (no brand) / Similar here

07 / Rings (wedding ring and another one "stole" from my mom :P)


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