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Ramadan is just around the corner! The holy month is a much-welcomed time of year for Muslims everywhere around the world.
Credit:GiphyUnlike other years, Ramadan in Singapore this 2020 will have unprecedented circumstances, with mosques currently closed and events like the Ramadan Bazaar cancelled for the year. But though we’re going through some exceptional times, we should still prepare for Ramadan and strive for a fulfilling month! To help you out, we’ve rounded up a list of essentials so you are fully prepped for spending Ramadan this year at home.With many looking to minimise going out, purchasing your necessities online is a convenient option at this time, and you can get a lot of the items mentioned below during Shopee’s Ramadan Bazaar happening from now until 2 May (with free shipping, daily cashback vouchers, and daily bundles available)! Read to the end to find out more about Shopee Singapore and the deals happening during their 2020 Ramadan Bazaar Sale. P.S. If you’re new to Shopee, use this code HHWTSSM and get $7 off a minimum spend of $15.
1. Food items to have on hand for easy sahur and iftar meals
For many, having quick, go-to foods is a must for Ramadan so that we won’t have to wake up super early to prepare our sahur meals (Ramadan breakfast) ? In addition, given the current situation, many people will be cooking up their iftar meals at home too. So make sure you’re stocked up on food and other pantry staples that will make it easy for you to prepare your meals.
It’s definitely saddening that we won’t be able to visit the mosques in Singapore during Ramadan this 2020, but the silver lining is that we can seize this opportunity to reap the benefits of performing our ibadah at home, such as doing congregational prayers (including terawih prayers) with our family, protecting our home, and having more time for introspection ?
To perform your ibadah comfortably, it’s great to make sure you have everything you need. For example, get extra prayer mats so you can accommodate everyone in the family for congregational prayers, as well as enough copies of items like the Quran or the Yasin. If you’re planning to read the Quran daily, having a nice big one that’s comfortable to hold with clear writing can make a world of difference!
P.S. These pretty mini sejadah on Shopeemight be great options for home this Ramadan 2020. They’re slim and easy to store, plus in the future when things are better, they’ll be easy to bring around when you’re out and about or travelling! The best part is that they’re super affordable and are currently going for only SGD4.63 on Shopee’s Ramadan Bazaar Sale ?Our current time at home is also perfect for reading up and gaining more knowledge, which is a form of ibadah too! If you were thinking of reading about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) or studying the meaning behind the Quran, now’s the time to do it, so feel free to pick-up those books or other materials to help you do this.
3. Cooking and baking items to whip up your own Ramadan bazaar treats and kuih raya
Missing your favourite Ramadan Bazaars goodies and store-bought kuih raya? We feel you! It’s a festive part of Ramadan for many, and while we’ll be missing it this year, we can change it up for Ramadan in Singapore this 2020 and whip up some of those food items right at home! Cooking and baking are also great activities to do while you’re home that can help boost the Raya mood through these trying times.
Read up on recipes for some of your favourite treats (such as these!) and get all the necessities you’ll need to recreate them at home. From butter and sugar to corn flakes and honey, order your ingredients online during the Shopee’s Ramadan Bazaar Sale to get them conveniently delivered to your door!
If you’re not up for baking, fret not - you can still order your favourite kuih raya online too! You’ll find all sorts of yummy treats available for sale, including these scrumptious Nutella Tarts for only SGD17 (usually SGD20) from Hipster Bakes!
4. Appliances that make your life easier
With the current state of the world, it’s no surprise that many of us are probably a bit overwhelmed. From adjusting to working from home to juggling housework and keeping the kids on track with their learning, the transition can be a real challenge! Which is why we think it might be worth investing in appliances that can help make some of the tasks (such as cooking or cleaning) much easier this Ramadan.
Appliances such as an air-fryer or robot vacuum are often game-changers that can help make things a lot easier at home, which in turn frees up your time to attend to work, family, and ibadah during this Ramadan too!
Think about what items might help simplify tasks around the house - it could be a pressure-cooker that cuts down cooking time immensely or a cordless vacuum that makes vacuuming around the house much less of a hassle. It doesn’t have to be a super high tech purchase either - for example, this Boomjoy Spray Mopavailable on Shopeefor only SGD19.90 during the Ramadan Bazaar Sale is no major investment, but it sure makes mopping a lot more convenient than using a regular mop! P.S. If you’re looking for a pressure cooker the PowerPac Electric Pressure Cooker is on sale on Shopee for only SGD72.90 (vs. regular price of SGD99.90) during the Ramadan Bazaar Sale too!
5. Items to prepare for Raya
We might not be able to have our usual Raya gatherings this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a great Raya celebration at home! Raya is a joyous event that follows Ramadan, and it’s sunnah to dress up in our best clothes and eat before performing Eid prayers. In addition, Raya is an important family celebration, so even if we can’t go Raya visiting, taking the same care and attention to celebrate Raya at home would be great for lifting everyone’s spirits during this time ?
Get a head start on prepping for your Raya needs, whether you’re looking for new clothing (such as the top pictured above that’s available on Shopee for SGD11.50- 50% cheaper than the retail price of SGD22.90!) or home decor items. It also helps to get any household necessities you need for cleaning the house. Many of us are no doubt taking the opportunity while staying in to spring clean, so it’s a good chance to get your house spick-and-span for Raya ?
P.S. It’s always good to have multi-function cleaner sprays at home for general use, so take advantage of the Scrub.sg Multi-Function Cleaner Spraybeing on sale during Shopee’s Ramadan Bazaar Sale(priced at SGD4.90 vs. retail price of SGD5.90!) It’s also worth noting that your Raya shopping is extra important this year to help businesses that may have been hard hit by the COVID-19 situation ❤ Ramadan this year will no doubt be a lot different than what we’re used to, but this blessed month remains a welcome reprieve for Muslims everywhere who strive to have a fulfilling month that brings them closer to their Creator. And as we get through this challenging time together, it’s great that convenient options for online delivery make it easier to get our necessities! Shopee’s Ramadan Bazaar SaleIf you’re prepping for Ramadan, take advantage of the deals happening during Shopee Singapore’s Ramadan Bazaar Sale this 2020 (from now until 2 May) to get your essentials! In addition to discounts for various products, there’s Free Shipping as well as Daily Flash Vouchers and Daily Bundle Deals that lets you buy selected items in bulk for even more savings! From 21 to 23 April, don't miss out on up to 18% off cashback vouchers and up to 60% off Ramadan essentials. From kitchen appliances and cleaning equipment to dining deals and prayer essentials, there is a wide variety of products that will definitely leave you spoilt for choice! It’s the perfect opportunity to get all your necessities and have it conveniently delivered to your doorstep, so head to Shopee now or download the app on the Apple Storeor Google Play! If you’re new to Shopee, use this code HHWTSSM and get $7 off a minimum spend of $15. Happy Shopping and have a great Ramadan!This article was brought to you by Shopee.