WITH SALI AL-DIGS
Sali is a style and parenting blogger.
Originally Palestinian, she currently resides in Vancouver Canada with her husband Abdullah; an electrical engineer and her adorable 9-month-old son Adam. We caught up with Sali to talk about the holy month of Ramadan, her favourite dishes to break her fast with and her big plans for Eid al-Fitr. Read our interview with her below.
WHAT DOES THE HOLY MONTH MEAN TO YOU?
This holy month is all about reflection and personal growth for me. Our lives are all busy and we can all get sidetracked from what truly matters. So I love taking lots of time this month to spark my love for my religion again and reconnect with God. Since the days are so long here in Canada, there is lots of time to work on building good habits and abandoning bad ones.
HOW HAS THIS YEAR’S BEEN?
This Ramadan is my first as a mother and has been much harder than past ones! I have a little 9-month-old and he wakes TOO early! I’m used to sleeping in a bit more during this month to help pass the time. So what I’ve been doing is trying to nap whenever he naps instead.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TRADITIONS DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR?
We don’t have any traditions that I grew up with during this time of year but I plan on creating some for Adam and any future children we may have, InshAllah! I feel that most Muslims don’t try to make these holidays much fun for children so I really want to work on doing that for my own family, just so that they don’t feel like they’re missing out on anything being Muslim (like Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.)
DOES YOUR SCHEDULE CHANGE A LOT DURING THE FASTING MONTH?
EXTREMELY. On a regular basis, Adam goes to bed around 8 PM and I follow at around 11 PM. Then we wake up around 7 AM. But during Ramadan, with iftar being at 9 PM, it’s difficult to go to bed early (and all the family gatherings don’t help). So I usually stay up until fajr (4 AM) and wake up with Adam at 7 AM. Then nap alongside Adam during the day!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DISHES TO BREAK THE FAST WITH?
I’m used to drinking TONS of water during the day, so the first thing I HAVE to have is a huge glass of ice cold water! Then a Ramadan classic in our house is Fattoush (salad with fried pita bread croutons), samosas galore and lentil soup! I get full so fast at iftar so I love a light meal.
I’m really unbothered by the ‘no food’ part of Ramadan, but going the whole day with no water is so challenging. I’m used to drinking 3-4 litres of water daily!
ANY SPECIAL MEMORIES YOU CAN SHARE THAT HAPPENED DURING RAMADAN?
Nothing significant comes to mind, but I love that the whole family gets to spend lots of time together this month! Everyone has such busy schedules so we all try free our time to get together more.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR EID?
A family tradition that my family has had since coming to Canada is to wake up super early, put on our Eid outfits and go to the Eid prayer. We love seeing Muslims all over the city gather to celebrate and everyone filled with so much joy! It’s truly my favourite part of the holiday. Then we go out for lunch and later visit family and friends.
AND FINALLY, WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR LITTLE ONE TO LEARN ABOUT THIS HOLY MONTH?
I’d love to teach him that this month is all about giving back. Giving back to your community, to those less fortunate, and most importantly, God. Even if you don’t have anything monetary to give, you can always donate your time! Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to volunteer, so id love to pass that onto my children!