As muslims, the values & meaningful lessons we teach our children are the most precious legacy we leave behind.
This heirloom piece was designed by drawing inspiration from these values taught in our faith.
Since childhood I'd get so excited to see latest holiday decorations make their way into the store displays and seasonal racks.
Cute whimsical creations and styles used to leave me i awe. Sparkly, metallic, beaded, embroidered, colourful and the works!
Even quite at a young age, I would wish the stores had a section for our Islamic celebrations.
This is a big reason why I’ve always loved to create diversity through my work so fellow muslims feel included and have choices available to them so they may celebrate their faith!
This garland is not your average garland! It’s a limited edition, embroidered, beaded, hand-embellished, handmade piece by expert skills.
I worked with expert craftsman to help bring this unique design to life. It’s an embellished hanging garland piece that is sure to be a staple during celebrations.
This heirloom piece is a highly gift-able item that is sure to last for many blessed holidays iA! The great thing about this unique piece is that it can easily be used for various occasions as well.
Each ornament that you see are beautiful little reminders and symbolizes important values.
1. The lantern represents guidance.
“O Prophet, indeed We have sent you as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a warner, and one who invites to Allah, by His permission, and an illuminating lamp.” (33:45)
The books of the tafsir state that the object being described as an illuminating lamp (sirajan muniran) is the blessed Prophet ﷺ.
Siraj which means a lamp or a guiding light is the name of my oldest. The meaning of his name is so special and that’s why I loved it the moment I heard it!
2. The moon and star represent faith.
“And He has subjected for you the night and day and the sun and moon, and the stars are subjected by His command. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.” (16:16)
The moon and star have are frequently mentioned in our faith. They are one of the most beautiful creations and have many important ties to our faith. Allah swt tells us to ponder upon them, have faith and remember His limitless power.
My second born’s name is Saaqib which means Shining star or piercing light. I always tell him that he’s my shining shooting star!
3. The prayer mat represents the steadfastness and devotion to Allah swt.
Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give zakah will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. (2:277)
The actual meaning of the word in salah in Arabic means connection, contact, or communication.
It is referring to establishing a connection with Allah swt. By praying salah you are seeking closeness to Allah swt and nurturing a relationship through worship.
4. The mosque represents unity and generosity.
A Mosque means many things to many people.
For some, it’s a community centre to meet friends and local loved ones.
The Prophet (ﷺ) told us that the entire experience of attending the Mosque, including every step taken to the House of God, is rewarded.
“He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).” [Muslim].
A mosque brings the individuals from many walks of life together all united in their faith and worship of Allah.
5. The date palm tree represents the bounty our Provider, Ar-Razzaq.
The meaning of (rizq) are many. Rizq is sustenance, provision, blessings and more.
Every grain of rice that was meant to be your already has your name on it. Every fruit you were meant to consume grew just to reach you. SubhanAllah.
No matter what happens, you will always receive the Rizq that Allah has destined just for you and each living creature.
"Your provision sustenance (rizq) was determined even before you were born! In fact, while you were 120 days old in the womb of your mother, an angel blew your soul into you and conveyed to Allah your provision, your life span, your actions, and whether you would be happy (enter Paradise) or sad" - Bukhari & Muslim
“If you were to rely upon Allah with the reliance He is due, you would be given provision like the birds. It goes forth hungry in the morning and returns with a full belly at dusk.” -At-Tirmidhi
6. The camel represents Tawakkul
“And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent” 65:3
“trust in Allah and tie you camel” (Al-Tirmidhi)
Tawakkul in this case means trusting that, either way, it’s in God’s hands. Furthermore, a belief in a benevolent God means trusting that whatever happens, whether it seems positive or negative at present, is ultimately what’s best.
I will keep designing new ornaments to add to this unique heirloom garland iA so stay tunned!
Hope you enjoy this garland with your family just as much I enjoyed creating it Alhamdulilah!
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