Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mubarak everyone, I hope this is an amazing Eid for you, regardless of what you are doing (amd on which day!). I’d also like to give a quick reminder for everyone to remember and keep in your prayers all those who aren’t as fortunate in your prayers, such as people of Palestine, Syria, Burma, Iraq, Bangladesh, Rohingya, Afghanistan and all the other innocent people who are being persecuted in today’s time.

Heres a banner made by my eldest sister Happy Muslimah for Eid, her house was colourfully decorated today which set the mood nicely, not to mention all the yummy food and good company we’ve had today! We have another family dinner tomorrow as well which I’m looking forward too, so more more photos coming soon! Please do tell me how your day was as well !

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Eid-ul-Fitr 2014…Food Mubarak!

Eid has come after a month of fasting, which admittedly was a lot more tiring than we all realised. But at the end of it all, we are sad to see it go, as so many things are happening around the world which has put a lot of things into perspective for us.

I completely forgot to take any pictures of food for once, it was too busy going into my mouth rather than being captured by my lens, but be assured that it was good food, with good company!

Here’s a few snaps of our days, we had babies running around looking cute and mischievous, lots of amazing food, a bbq out in the garden and as always, lots of laughs and gossip.

Hope your Eid was a nice as ours, I wish I had more pictures to share!

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Weekend Pretty…Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Iran

I’ve seen a few  beautiful religious buildings in my time, and a few more beautiful mosques, but this one probably beats most of them. The Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Iran is a beautiful one, covered in beautiful stained windows, patterned rugs and beautiful designs on every wall and ceiling. When the word mosque comes to mind, you don’t often think of something like this, I’ve seen some beautiful interiors of mosques myself but a lot of them tend to be a bit less decorative than this and focus more on having wide, clean spaces, although a lot of these also do have lovely decor and paintings too.

I love the fact that the designers of this mosque have made this into a work of art, it’s clearly something beautiful to be admired, a peaceful space to pray in as well as a chance to showcase the art and history of Iran. I’d love to visit this place one day, I have no idea if I’ll visit Iran anytime soon but this is one more reason for me to go!

You can see some more images here and here of this beautiful mosque.

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The Last DC-slash-Marvel Supper

I saw this yesterday and thought it was pretty interesting, a graphic-novel-superhero take on the iconic Da Vinci painting, The Last Supper.

I thought it was pretty interesting that Superman is put in the middle (I have read comparisons of Superman to Jesus so it makes sense), and it’s cute that Batman is in the role of Peter (the jealous disciple in this painting) – aka, Superman’s biggest rival. Also, Wonder Woman as Magdalene is a pretty good choice – the only other alternatives I can see there is Cat Woman or a X-Men heroine which would have been interesting too.

I like how all the major superheroes are in this painting – although I’m not sure how fans would like the mixing of DC superheroes with Marvel – although there is a good message of tolerance in this Last Supper!

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Our Eid…! (summed up in cakes, colourful clothes and Eid banners!)

Good news, I’ve finally come back to the blogging world, after finally getting a new replacement for my clapped-out laptop (yaay, the yummy smell of new plastic and keyboards! mmmm)

Here’s something which has also kept me busy all of last week, celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, which is the time of pilgrimage for many Muslims, and also the festival of sacrifice, in honour of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness to sacrifice his son.

Here’s a few peeks at some of the things we did during Eid (which was mostly eat a lot of food, wear lots of pretty clothes and make fun out of relatives and each other!)

I hope you all had a great Eid, with plenty of great food and company – we certainly did!

Happy Eid…!

Happy Eid everyone! I’ve had to take an unexpected (and forced!) hiatus from blogging for a few days, as my computer’s finally given up and fried, which means I’m laptop-less for a few days.  I should be back very soon (and I’ll post wherever I can, I’m currently using my sister’s laptop and *hating* it because it’s not got my usual bookmarks and settings on it), and I’ll be blogging plenty of new posts, pictures and weird articles again once I’m up and running!

For now, have a great Eid if you’re celebrating, and hope you enjoy some good food, beautiful outfits and good company! (Don’t worry, I took plenty of pictures to post from my Eid days!)

Eid Mubarak everyone! – Harlequin x

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Our Eid Day…!

We had a merry old time on Eid day, with lots of relatives visiting, plenty of amazing food cooked by my mum, some beautiful dresses (on the women and the babies!), and a good laugh with everyone. We didn’t do anything extravagant this year (no parties or nights out!), but it was simple and fun, family and friends all dropped by with good wishes and it was a great way to end a memorable Ramadan. Here’s a few pics!

We had a fabulous wardrobe (although no one had better outfits than the baby girls in the family):

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…which was accessorised with pretty jewellery and bangles:

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And even better, the girls had some gorgeous mehndi on:

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There was some scrumptious food for everyone to eat:

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Followed by several desserts, like Eid biscuits, cakes, mithai and savouries:

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And of course, Eid presents! The babies and kids got spoiled the most, although all of us got some amazing presents (mostly clothes and jewellery, and of course chocolate!), which we all loved.

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All in all, a great day for everyone, we’re all pretty wiped out now and still recovering, but it’s nice to have had a big family celebration after a while. Now that Ramadan is over, we’ll be going on trips and having lots of barbeques, although that’s not to say that this special month has been forgotten!

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How was your Eid? Did you do anything special?

Weekend Pretty…The Last Supper Dragonfly

I really liked this (my sister didn’t so much, apparently dragonflies creep her out a little) seen at Ripleys, which we visited last weekend – this was a real dragonfly painted by artist Enrique Ramos depicting The Last Supper, making it look like stained glass. The detail on it is amazing, and the colours are quite vivid, and although it is a bit odd, it’s also brilliantly done.

And that’s not the only odd, unconventional art the artist has done before either – like this version of The Last Supper created from ten kilos of spiderweb, (ew? I’m still not sure) and this tribute to Arnie’s Terminator made from clay and er, bats. Cos you know, canvas paper is hard to come by where he’s from, so he just catches whatever comes his way and puts the warpaint on the animals.

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