Finally! Nursing & wudhu friendly dresses & tops!
Who says you can't look great and be a mom all at the same time? Being a nursing mom is especially challenging when you prefer to dress modestly. Long sleeves, high necks and long dresses aren't exactly nursing friendly. Raise your hand if your have struggled with this. It's not easy, not to mention trying to perform wudhu with fitted sleeves. It should be so much simpler but we struggle as we always have. Until now!
Finally, some companies are becoming aware of these issues and have designed modest dresses and tunics with zippers in the front for easy nursing and on the sleeves making performing wudhu a breeze. No more shall we be forced to wear clothing we don't love in exchange for feeding our babies and preparing for salat with ease. Hijabi Mama's collection of nursing & wudhu friendly maxi dresses and tunics has come to the rescue.
Instagram blogger, and mama of 3, Zaheera Mohammad (@zahee22 on instagram) shares with us her favourite pieces from Hijabimama's collection all available at The Date Palm.
Look #1: Mom on the Go
Look #2: The Elegant Mama
Even if you are not a nursing mom, these styles are gorgeous for any modest woman. Many colours in each style are available in store. We hope to see you soon, inshaAllah.
All photos are copyright of Zaheera Mohammad and can not be used without permission.
The Date Palm is looking for a retail sales staff member to work part time hours starting mid September. Candidate must have a flexible schedule and be available for minimum two shifts per week. Wednesday shifts are mandatory plus one more day.
We are looking for a retail sales person with an outgoing and upbeat personality. He/she is someone who our customers look forward to seeing in our store and tell their friends about the great experience they had at The Date Palm due to the excellent service provided by our staff. Candidate should be enthusiastic to learn about the products & people in our shop and can convey that enthusiasm to our customers. They should also be willing to go above and beyond the minimum requirements and be willing to stay late, work extra shifts and hustle to get tasks done in a timely manner. He/she should also be goal orientated and excited about working on a team to achieve a common goal. Candidate should have excellent communication skills both written and verbal and be very organized and task driven.
Title: Retail Sales
Optimizes the store’s selling by providing the customers with excellent customer service and shopping experience,
Job Responsibility including but not limited to:
Provide excellent customer service and meet the basic demands of the store, in the fitting room and at the cash register.
Answer phones courteously and promptly.
Greeting customers and helping them with their purchasing decisions,
Stocking, replenishing, folding, hanging, displaying and merchandising , to maximize selling opportunities
Ring up on the register, report and handle all required transactions, issue receipts and pack merchandise.
Accept product deliveries and input into the pos system.
General cleaning & store maintenance.
Additional marketing, merchandising, online tasks as required.
Minimum Candidate Qualifications :
High School graduate or equivalent preferred
6 months of experience in customer service, retail industry preferred.
Excellent customer service skills.
Ability to recognize and execute selling opportunities
Ability and willingness to run a cash register
Good communication and organizational skills
Ability to multitask.
Please email your resume along with a letter stating why you would like to work at The Date Palm to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1st, 2016.
More often than ever, we hear the word ‘lifestyle’. It has become a trend, for example, to have a ‘fit’ lifestyle. But, what really is the essence of this word and what can we derive from its definition for ourselves as Muslims?
A lifestyle is a way of living. It is a manifestation of our ideologies and thoughts into actions. It is not only the way that we do things but it encompasses the way that we think as well. As Muslims, we know that our deen is not separate from our lifestyle, they are one and the same. Therefore, to live in a way which our deen encourages us to live, means to bring our thoughts and our knowledge into our actions. Each day we practice habits that we have learned that have now become part of how we live. We develop an emotional connection to our lifestyle and cannot imagine living any other way.
Existing in a time when our lifestyle is misunderstood by so many, puts a lot of pressure to conform on the shoulders of communities and the ummah as a whole. The feeling to conform to our surroundings and adapt to our culture is natural. But, to fear society and completely change the way we live is irrational. Therefore, we need to take and re-take some steps taught from the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) to bring ourselves back to our focus:
Make/Re-make an Intention- An intention that is purely for Allah (swt) is something that is emphasized in any action that we take. This is because when we do this, our minds are set on our goal and our actions and behaviours follow accordingly. We are not worried about anything other than Allah (swt). Not doing something for Allah’s sake or with a pure intention often leads us into loopholes and confusion that we could have otherwise avoided.
Say Bismillah- After having made that intention within our minds and hearts, we immediately put it into action and hear ourselves say out loud, “Bismillah”- in the name of Allah. By saying this beautiful word, we remind ourselves that what we are about to do is only for Allah(swt), in hopes of His mercy, love, and reward.
Do the action with sincerity and Ihsaan- Remaining sincere and performing any action to our utmost best is another aspect that stands out within our lifestyle. When we remain sincere to what we intend and say, then perform this action with ihsaan, we are content within ourselves even if we did not achieve exactly what we wanted.
Taking these 3 practical steps into consideration will help us maintain the balance and regain the strength that we may sometimes lose due to the incidences surrounding Muslims today. Lastly, if we remind ourselves that Allah (swt) is capable of anything and knows all that we go through, this bring us to the conviction that only He is in control and is our ultimate caretaker.
A while ago, I came across a website that was exclusive to reverts in Islam. It was a place where they could come together and speak about their newfound faith, have important discussions onIslamic issues, learn about teachings of the Quran and Sunnah, and (my personal favourite) share their inspirational convert stories. It also had another section that caught my eye as I was browsing – a forum dedicated to reverts wanting to leave Islam.
When I first saw it, I was confused – why would anyone want to leave Islam, especially when they studied the religion and embraced it without force? Curiosity hit me, and I started reading through the different threads that reverts had submitted. The more I read, the more I became dismayed.
I began to notice that most of the posts had a similar theme. I also noticed that most of the posters were revert sisters. They all had one thing in common - they felt alone, lost, and unhappy, thus wanted to leave Islam and go back to their previous lives. Why? Simply because they had no support system and a lack of interaction with their local Muslim community.
Many reverts who embrace Islam give up everything they have in life to become a Muslim. This means changing the way they dress, what they eat, how they behave and interact with others. It also means they are likely to experience lost or strained relationships with their parents, spouses, friends, family and sometimes, even their children. Can you imagine doing that? Cutting yourself off from the world you know and exist in, only to adopt a life that is completely different in contrast?
As a Born-Muslim, there are so many things that we take advantage of. Praying salah, reading the Quran, attending tarawee, or fasting during Ramadan - it all comes naturally to us because we’ve been doing these things since we were little. We had our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to guide us through the years to help us become the devoted and obedient Muslims that we are today. Many of us come from countries that have cultures so aligned with the teachings of Islam that we can tell no difference between the two. We've always had a system in place that supported us and allowed us to perform even the most mundane religious tasks without much thought, effort or hesitation.
But have you thought about the reverts who didn’t have these things growing up? Who just embraced Islam after years of living in a completely opposite world? About how they struggle with praying salah correctly or on time? Face difficulties reading the Quran despite their efforts? Break their fast all alone during Ramadan, because they have no one to break it with?
Many reverts have no support from their families because they don’t approve of their new faith and way of life. They don’t have anyone to share their worries, anxiety, and struggles with because none of their family and friends can understand what they’re going through. Many of them struggle to make friends or find spouses because there’s no way for them to socialize with other Muslims, other than attending Jummah prayers or the occasional event at the masjid. They rarely get invitations from fellow Muslims throughout the year that could help them get acquainted and adjusted to their newfound faith.
The sad reality is, many members of our community leave the responsibility of welcoming a new Muslim to others, assuming that there is enough support for the revert when in fact there’s absolutely none. While many may have the best of intentions towards their new brothers and sisters of Islam, they often fail to follow up with them because they get too busy with their lives. The sister who took her shahada at the masjid last Friday may have received an overwhelming number of hugs, kisses and telephone numbers, but soon she’ll be left alone with empty promises of being welcomed in Muslim homes, or to be taught the Quran and Salah. It’s actually at this delicate time that new reverts need support the most, as the onset of tests pervades their life. Allah SWT says:
“We might test him who believes in the Hereafter from him who is in doubt concerning it: and the Lord watches over all things” – Quran 34:21
Ramadan came and went, but did you get a chance to think about all the reverts in your community and the challenges they must have faced this past month, or will continue to experience long after. I could tell you to make an effort to spend time with them next Eid or to remember to invite them to your social events throughout the year, but we have to go beyond that to help them.
We need to listen to our revert sisters and understand the obstacles they face every day in their life. We need to show our support, not just by offering them polite conversations or some of our spare time, but by actively pursuing to make changes in our community and way of interaction with them, so they can benefit from a boundless support system that will help them transition to their new way of life.
How can we do this? Firstly, by asking them questions and learning about their biggest fears, worries, anxieties, and problems. By doing so, we can attempt to understand them better and realize why they want to leave Islam instead of advancing in it. Try to learn about their culture or their previous life and what they miss the most from it. If you can help them find a balance between Islam and a part of their culture or traditions, they won’t feel such a loss of identity.
Secondly, we need to bring our community up-to-date with this situation and have open, sincere discussions with our leaders and community members. Many Born-Muslims are unaware of the difficulties faced by reverts and don’t realize they are ignorant towards this issue. Through these discussions, we can identify our role to help reverts overcome the obstacles they face as new Muslims and help change the communities’ attitude towards them. While you may not do so, you’d be surprised at some Born-Muslim’s who refrain from socializing with reverts, or approve their children to marry them (which is another major topic, and needs a post all by itself!).
Lastly, we should develop programs that are aimed at educating Born-Muslims and reverts in Islam. Born-Muslims need to realize their responsibility towards new Muslims, and programs should be introduced by the local masjids and other Muslim organizations on how to help new Muslims assimilate with the community. Alternatively, we should also focus on offering free workshops and classes to reverts that teach them about the fundamentals of Islam – whether its demonstrating how to pray, read the Quran with tajweed, or network with other Muslims in their community.
If new Muslims are supported through these efforts, they would not be alone. They would have the tools and strength of faith to deal with the tests that face them. They would not feel secluded the next time Ramadan approaches because they know they have a community that supports them and helped them become a more aware and mature Muslim.
Ahhhh, Ramadan. What a wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Although it is a very spiritual month for Muslims, it’s also atime of the year when people believe that they will lose weight from fasting (I know you’ve heard the aunties talk about it). What? You thought that too? Oh dear… it’s very easy to believe… I mean you don’t eat the entire day so why wouldn’t you? Well I’ve done all the research so you don’t have to! Here’s what I’ve learned from research and my own experience.
SEHRI: When you wake up for Sehri, what do you normally eat? Parathas?Junk food?Maybe some leftover samosas? Although it sounds really appetizing, it’s not doing your body any good. What a shocker! You should try replacing this meal with wholesome foods that provide your body with short bursts of energy throughout the day; like oatmeal, whole grains, fibrous vegetables and protein. Your body takes longer to break down and absorb these foods so they will keep you full for longer. Tip: Never skip Sehri. This is the meal that is going to fuel you for an entire day so eat wisely.
AFTERNOON/EVENING: After you have completed your daily tasks, take a nap! Yes you heard right. TAKE A NAP. We’re all experiencing shorter nights due to taraeweeh and waking up for Sehri. So let’s do the math. Shorter nights = sleep deprivation=LESS ENERGY. DO NOT work out while fasting. You have no way to hydrate your body and dehydration = RISK OF INJURY. Seriously, don’t try to be a hero.
IFTAR: Although these are the last words on the planet that you want to hear right now, I’m going to go right ahead and say them: Portion Control = DO NOT stuff that pot of biryani down your throat.Plan your meals ahead of time which saves you from eating whatever is available at the last minute. I’m not going to tell you that you should be eating grilled chicken breast with steamed vegetables and ½ a cup of brown rice every night because that’s not exactly ideal… I also know you’re going to be too tempted by your mom’s samosas (I know I am). So here it is, try to eat as healthy as you can. Take a meal that you like and try to replace the unhealthy parts of it with the healthier option. So go ahead, eat that samosas, and just bake it instead of deep frying it. Also, you want to eat slowly to let your metabolism activate.
WORKING OUT: You should only be doing what you are comfortable with. You shouldn’t push yourself too hard (you won’t lose muscle or strength if you continue to eat healthy). Your goal should just be to maintain what you already have and when Ramadan is over you can jump right back into those intense workouts. During Ramadan, aim to workout 3-4 times a week instead of training 6-7 days a week. You should only workout AFTER you have broken your fast so have energy and can keep hydrating yourself throughout your workout (remember, dehydration = risk of injury!). Focus on strength training. That’s right ladies, pick up those weights. Strength training will prevent muscle loss. Check out the Stronglifts 5x5program, it’s what I’ll be sticking to during this month. It is really important to make sure you stay hydrated while you workout. Even if you choose not to workout, aim to drink 2 liters of water between Iftaar and Sehri to keep yourself hydrated.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE & RAMADAN MUBARAK.
As we get ready for the most wonderful time of year, Ramadan, we often forget the importance of a healthy Suhoor routine to ensure our bodies get the right balance of nutrients.
Personally, I am not a suhoor person. I literally want to get out of bed and back into it. Since I work a 9-5 it's difficult to prepare a hearty meal at that hour of the morning, because I try and sneak in a few hours of rest before getting up for work. So of course, I make the quickest meal possible which usually consists of Nutella on toast and if I'm feeling really good, I'll have some fruit. I never ate vitamins, and I barely drank enough water…but not this year.
I've found in past years that around 3-4pm I usually begin to crash. And by crash I mean get-me-my-bed-asap type of crash. I completely run out of energy and my body almost feels like it's giving up on me. Though we fast from eating foods, many ahadith encourage the preservation of our energy by eating properly to ensure we are able to spend time in ibadaah. We don't fast all day to nap for 2 hours before iftaar, right? I mean, I'm all for naps, but maximizing your time in Ramadan is SO important – and you won't be able to do that if you're not treating your body properly. Since Ramadan is the best time to implement new behaviours (or correct bad ones!), I'm trying to incorporate a couple of new habits during Ramadan that I know will be beneficial for me to carry throughout the year.
During Halal Food Fest, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Nutrimin. Now, we all know how painful it is to find GOOD vitamins that are halal, so I was really excited about learning more about the brand and the products they offer. I had a sample of the gummy vitamin and was HOOKED. It tasted like a Blossom and Bean gummy bear, but it was a vitamin. How could this be?! Anyway, after chatting with him and telling him about what I'm looking for, I received a bottle of the capsules (yes, I made the 'adult' choice and didn't get the gummies) and am really excited to incorporate the Multi+ vitamins into my suhoor routine. The vitamin is packed with minerals including iron (which most women lack!) and essential vitamins like A, B12, D, and others. The best part? The vitamins are all made in Canada, and are vegan / halal. I highly recommend you check them out and incorporate vitamins into your Suhoor routine to stay energized and spend your time doing things that matter (Dawah, Dhikr, Charitable work, etc.) during Ramadan.
Another item that I'm going to incorporate into my Suhoor routine this year is the NutraB black seed and honey mix. In case you didn't 'know, black seed is a prophetic medicinethat the Prophet SAW used for curing ailments. There is a famous hadith narrated by Abu Hurairahreported in Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi and others that states“Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment except death." I mean that's pretty incredible, no?
There is significant contemporary evidence around the medical uses of black seed. It is antioxidant known to help cleanse the body of toxins. Many people also use it to treat skin disorders, allergies, infections, and digestive issues to name a few. So you might be thinking, ok why should I have this in Ramadan?
Well one of the most important facts about black seed is that the polyunsaturated fats in black seed help maintain your metabolism while eliminating toxins, improving blood circulation, and balancing your insulin level. Since our metabolism naturally slows down due to fasting, it's important to balance the way our body will help burn calories, and this will assist with maintaining energy.
Honey on the other hand is often referred to as "liquid gold" for its many, many, benefits. There are so many benefits to honey, that I won't get into here, but honey assists in preventing coughs, colds, and if taken regularly will help to ensure you don't fall sick during Ramadan. (As an aside, it also helps rid your bowel of ya know, the gross stuff, helping with regular bowel movements).
The verse at the beginning of this post talks about goodness. Though we associate goodness with doing good deeds, goodness is in everything. It's in our speech, our mannerisms, our dress, and most definitely in how we take care of our bodies. Allah swt. has made us perfect in every sense, and the least we can do is take care of our bodies to the best of our abilities with that which we know is good. If you're able to, sneak some ZamZam water into your routine, with dates of course, and your body will really be thanking you both during and after Ramadan.
I pray that we all have a fulfilling and fruitful Ramadan. May He accept from you and me.
Sundus Ali / twitter: @sundus_ / instagram: @sunduseh / sundusa.com
You are cordially invited to our Marhaba Ramadan event at The Date Palm on Saturday May 28th from 12-7pm InshaAllah!
We have been looking forward to hosting this event since we opened the store. Here's what you can expect at our Ramadan kick-off event.
- a huge and fabulous gift basket raffle featuring beautiful items from The Date Palm. For every $10 spent on that day you will receive a ballot to win this fantastic prize!
- Lots of in store sales! Stay tuned to our Instagram (@thedatepalm) for updates on this!
- New products for Ramadan & Eid including decor, gifts, treats, outfits and more.
- A representative from Islamic Relief Canada will be on site to answer all of your questions about their important charity work and to let you know how you can help this Ramadan, inshaAllah
- The Date Palm will be launching a special charity project for our shop!
- Complimentary chai and sampling of Blossom & Bean's new premium date line for Ramadan.
We hope you can join us at The Date Palm. Address with map located here.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it – I have a shopping problem. Whether it’s shoes, baby clothes (SO CUTE), makeup, hijabs, or really anything and everything, I’ll probably needwant it. I’m also really bad at letting things go (okay, I may be a bit of a hoarder), but I just know that I’m going to need that old jewelry box one day, and that I’ll definitely fit into those size 2 jeans soon.
Can you tell I have a problem? Anyway, I decided to take my problem into my own hands and decided to read about the #KonMari method. You’ve probably heard about it or read about it somewhere but it’s essentially the art of de-cluttering and cleaning up your entire life/home/closet. One of the key things I took away from the method is to toss things that don’t “spark joy” – that meant clothes, trinkets, old greeting cards, and so on. You can also apply this to your life, and get rid of all your frenemies that don’t “spark joy” in your life – just a little #protip for you.
Here are other ways I de-cluttered and reorganized my life:
1 - Get rid of old clothes that have stains that you’ll NEVER get out. It’s just not worth the closet space.
2 - Get rid of clothes/shoes that make you feel uncomfortable because they give you blisters, or because they’re way too tight. Girlfriend, there is a 10% chance that you’ll lose all that weight, and hey – if you do lose the weight, then you deserve NEW clothes!
3 - Only buy clothes that you KNOW you’ll wear many, many times. And only buy clothes that will pair nicely with other things in your closet. If you need to find the perfect blouse for that skirt, then put it back down and walk away from the clothing rack.
4 - Only keep the basic necessities readily available so you can speed up your morning routine and not be overwhelmed. On my vanity, I have my blush, my foundation and my mascara. Everything else is put away for special occasions. I’m also a mask and skin care junkie, but I only keep my daily moisturizer and cleanser out.
5 – Labels. They are your friends. Get some plastic containers from Wal-Mart or the local dollar store and sort out ALL the stuff. Then label it! I do a lot of DIYs so I had a lot of crafting stuff. I sorted it all out, bought a label maker and went to town. Now I know which box has what and life is grand.
6 – Lists. They are also your friends. Write everything down, and cross items off as you complete them.
These are just a few of my tips. I may be a hoarder but I really do love organizing. I promise you that you’ll feel SO much better once you get rid of stuff you don’t use/want, and use the rest of your stuff efficiently.
As Mother's Day in Canada approaches, our shop is busy preparing special gifts for the most important woman in everyone's life; Mom. The Date Palm's 3 founders each put together a special tribute and gift from The Date Palm for their own moms. We also put together something special for your mom too, read on to see how you can celebrate just how wonderful your mother is to you.
It’s true, every mother is a symbol of strength and love in their own child’s eyes. My mother is no different, except that her strength, perseverance, patience and love is unlike any other’s. Her example was tailor made for me and my life as the perfect role model, and to other’s whom she serves a similar motherly role for. Motherhood is an attitude, not just a biological connection. She is “Ammi” to many, Alhamdulillah.
My mom lives on the other end of Canada in beautiful Kelowna, BC. Although I have lived most of my life outside of the Okanagan Valley, it will always be home to me because that's where my mom is. As a teenager I couldn't wait to get out of that small town and find my own way at university and then in bigger cities like Vancouver and then Toronto. Now, as an adult, I long for the simpler times of "home" and I miss all the little things my mom would do for me. However, even with a country between us, I am constantly reminded that I am my mother's daughter. I hear her voice when I speak to my daughter, I feel her creativity when I work on craft projects, her presence when I watch Grey's Anatomy and I remember the love she had for her 3 kids as a single mom ... even though I am certain we drove her crazy. When I am out shopping, I always think "oh mom would love this" and the same goes for when I am at The Date Palm. My gift for my mom consists of things I think we both would like, because after all, we are cut from the same cloth.
I remember about a week after giving birth to my first child Aizah, the feeling of sheer exhaustion and at that moment realizing just how much care and love goes into raising a child and then realizing my mother had done all of this for me.
As each day passes and my own children grow I realise how much work really goes into raising children, it is no easy task. I know, I have 3 Masha Allah. After becoming a mother I gained a newfound respect for my own mum. It's not like I didn’t appreciate her before, but having my own children has truly made me realize and appreciate everything my mother has done for me.
My mum is an ocean away in England, even though I am not able to hug her everyday her words and advice live within me. I hear myself repeating her words to my own kids, something I thought I would never do.
When i think of my mum I always think of her in a white coloured lace hijab, it's a memory that is ingrained in my head from my childhood. For this reason i picked out a hijab from hijabimama along with some other special items from The Date Palm.
For Your Mom
The Date Palm has put together a lovely gift box for your mom too. Believe us when we say, she deserves it. Now available in store, a perfect and beautifully packaged gift for under $50.
"Why The Date Palm?" we get asked often... well here is the story.
As muslim women, we wanted something that is central to the lives of all muslims and had a bit more meaning hidden underneath. We were reminded of the beautiful hadith in Bukhari & Muslim.
The hadith that is the inspiration for our shop's name; THE DATE PALM.
"...is like a muslim..." How can a tree be "like a muslim"? Then we thought. In the times and the region of the Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him) this tree was quite literally an oasis. It represented so much more than just a tree. It is the giver of the sweet and nutritious date fruit and had strong roots in the deep sand. It is resilient in the harshest conditions of the hot, dry desert and it gives shade to travellers weary from the scorching sun. It is the foundation of the society of where it stands, it gives shelter, food and materials. The date palm is a very special tree, it is like no others and never dies or withers, as the hadith states.
As muslims, during trying times in the present day world, we must be resilient, we must remember our roots, we must continue to give sustenance to those who need it, we must give comfort and shade to those who are weary. The virtues of being a muslim were taught to us by our Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) and we must stay true to them just as the date palm stays true to itself. We pray that our little shop will be a shade for muslims in our community, inshaAllah.
Salams from the founding partners of The Date Palm, Inc,
Aneesa, Sahena & Lindsay