6 Extremely Enjoyable Activities To Do This Eid That'll Unwrap Your Excitement

6 Extremely Enjoyable Activities To Do This Eid That'll Unwrap Your Excitement

Ready to make this Eid one you'll never forget?
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Aaaannnndd just like that Ramadan is over. The month where we give up so many of the simple liberties we take for granted. However, now that we are at the conclusion there is a need for celebration: Eid! This is one of the two grandest religious celebrations in the year.

As a kid, I always looked for the fun activities and games that my parents and family would plan for us. Having younger siblings myself, I now realize the importance of such activities and its affect on their childhood. Even if your a teen, elderly, parent or even a toddler, everyone should immerse themselves in this marvelous day. From the sticky hands after eating all the sweets physically possible to the joy witnessed when giving others gifts, Eid is a time to remember! Here are some ways you can make your Eid one you will never forget.

1. Decorations

Thank God they still work from last year. Finally, its time to take out those Eid lights and go crazy. Try to spice it up a bit and make handmade Eid decorations and hang them up. Make your house sparkle inside and out.

2. Get festive

Yes, that's the attitude. Well...maybe don't plan on going around breaking things, but try to build up your excitement. Buy new clothes for Eid, get your henna done or give yourself a facial. Allah (swt) has given you this joyous celebration so take advantage of it to the fullest. Fuel up on the contagious Eid energy and let it explode!

3. An Eid scavenger hunt

People of all age including adults tend to enjoy this game. I remember as a little girl I loved this game and used to be so competitive.

While all the cousins would sit downstairs watching a movie, all the adults would go around the house and hide all their gifts as well as scatter candy all around the house. Each child had his or her own map that they had to follow. Whoever collected the most candy (which were like extra bonus point) as well as collected all their gifts the fastest was the winner.

If creating a map is too hard, especially if you have a lot of people, create clues instead and watch as everyone walks around the house scratching their heads trying to find out where their next gift could be.

4. Secret Eidi

That's probably going to be the reaction you get every time. The day of (or maybe a few days before Eid comes), put the names of all of your family members in a hat. One by one each one picks a secret name. Everyone playing should have a pre-existing Eid list and a budget for each person (usually no more than $100).

Then when the time comes, each person reveals who they got and gives them their gift. Make sure you're strict with not letting anybody slip up who they got. Keep it a secret until its time for everyone to reveal their secret someone.

5. Family time

It's the moments with your family that you will remember the most. The laughter, the surprises, the grand feasts! It warms you inside and out. If you're invited to a bunch of Eid parties all day long, remember to cut out a little time to spend solely with your family.

6. Treat yourself

This is an explicit nod to all the parents out there. Just because it's Eid doesn't mean you slave away in the kitchen or give yourselves up trying to make your kids happy. It's your time to celebrate as well. Weather its a trip to the spa, an at home facial or massage by your kids or gifts, enjoy it. You deserve it!

SEE ALSO: 7 Last Minute Gifts For Eid

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When God Says, “Not Right Now.”

“God give me faith to wait and not manipulate. To trust You fully, no matter how my circumstances may appear." — Lynn Cowell

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One of the most frustrating yet beautiful things is when God tells us “no" or “not right now."

At the time, you may have agony or desperation for this one thing to work out in your life, but it slips away from you. You may ask God why. Why does He want you to be unhappy? Why does He want to take away your dreams?

At the time, you cannot see how much God truly is working in your life, but He is. In my life, every time that I was disappointed that a plan or dream didn't work out, I was devastated. I didn't want to be in a position where I was challenged and tested. I wanted all the blessings to flow and to fulfill what I thought was my plan in life. But that's exactly what it was: my plan.

I did not see at the time that that is not what God intended for me and that He actually had far greater plans than I did for myself. He needed to mold me into who I am supposed to be today. Along the way I have met the most amazing people that have had a huge impact on my life, have gone through the most amazing experiences with God, and I wouldn't trade going through all the trials because it has truly made me into the woman I am today.

“What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for." – John Ortberg

God is continually, endlessly, working in our lives.

We may not see it, but He is. We may blame God for all the things that are going wrong in our lives, but we never see that in the end, we were supposed to go through the low valleys to get to the high, amazing, and beautiful mountains in our lives.

I truly believe that it's when you're at the bottom of the darkest pit in your life that you can actually see the light of God shining brightly upon you. During these times, pray to Him to lead you to understanding that this is all a part of His plan for you.

It hurts God to see that His child is suffering, but in order to carve out just the person that you are supposed to be, you must go through challenges. Where you are today is no accident. God is using the challenge you are in to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants you tomorrow. When it comes to God's plan, timing is absolutely everything.

Looking back on all the events that I had to endure before getting to where I am now, I know that I had to go through the trials in order to be just who I am today, which is happier than I have ever been because I know God and His plan for me. Waiting is the most difficult job of hope, but you must remain faithful and know that God is guiding you.

“When I wait, you strengthen my heart." Psalm 27:14

When you are waiting for God's righteous plan, don't lose faith in His goodness. He only wants the best for you, and in the end, you will look back and see just how much He truly was working in your life. Be patient and the blessings will flow.

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From The Christian Girl Who Visited A Mosque And Had Her Perspective Changed

Getting to know your neighbor...

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In today's current political climate, it feels as though it's harder than ever before to understand our neighbors. We often cannot look beyond the headlines we read in the news and actually talk to each other: it is difficult to separate political propaganda from the people we encounter daily.

One group in America that faces particular discrimination is Muslims. Whenever ISIL commits horrific acts, people in the United States suggest extreme measures such as banning all Muslims from entering the country. While I understand the skepticism, I think that it is of the utmost importance that we all recognize that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and ISIL does not represent their beliefs.

The KKK calls itself a Christian group, but they represent the exact opposite of Biblical teachings; the same is true of Muslims and the Quran. ISIL has completely distorted the teachings of Islam and misrepresents Muslims around the world.

I am currently taking a class on the Middle East, Arabs, and Islam. Over the weekend, my class and I visited the local mosque in Waco. The people there were generous enough to let us partake in their breaking of the Ramadan fast along with other Christian churches and members of a Jewish temple. It was a moment where we were all able to come together and see each other as people who simply have different beliefs.

I identify as a Christian, so I obviously do not believe the same things as Muslims. However, I have discovered that many of our beliefs and teachings are similar to those in the Muslim faith. Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Noah, and even Jesus are all mentioned in the Quran. There are striking differences between Christianity and Islam, but there are also several similarities.

At the end of the breaking of the Ramadan fast, I left with a feeling of peace and reconciliation. I realized that events like this that involve sharing our cultures and religions with each other is a start to ending bias. Our neighbors may not look like us, or even have the same beliefs as us, but we are all people in search of happiness and a better life. In the end, love will always trump hate.

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