Eid is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with desserts! Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of fasting, and is a reward to Muslims all around the world for observing the blessed month of Ramadan. As a tradition, The Prophet (SAW) ate something sweet before attending Eid prayers. These mini trifle cups are an excellent way to carry-on The Prophet (SAW’s) tradition at home or on the go.
Since Eid ul-Fitr translates to “festival of the breaking of the fast”, many people prepare a feast including multiple sweets. This quick and easy recipe is a perfect way to impress family and friends. With the rich chocolate, light cream, and slight crunch, this dessert is sure to be a success.
What you’ll need:
1 Jell-O chocolate pudding mix
2 1/3 cups milk
1 box brownie mix
1/3 cup oil
1 Cool Whip container
Chocolate chips of choice
1) Defrost Cool Whip
2) Prepare chocolate pudding following the directions on the box.
3) Prepare brownie mix following the directions on the box. However, use milk instead of water to allow the brownies to melt in your mouth.
1) Once the brownies have cooled, cut them into squares.
2) Place 1 1/2 brownie squares into each cup.
3) Dollop one tablespoon of chocolate pudding into the cup and spread.
4) Sprinkle 2 teaspoons chocolate chips on the chocolate pudding to add a crunch to the trifle.
5) Spread 2 tablespoons cool whip over the chocolate and brownie mixture, making sure the chocolate is not visible. DO NOT mix cream with chocolate pudding as it will create a runny dessert that will not set.
6) Garnish with chocolate chips and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Note: If using a large trifle bowl, double the recipe and continue layering to the top. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
This post was written by Lobelia Bakery, a local baker in the DMV area, check them out on Instagram @lobeliabakery!
Where has the time gone? With the halfway point of Ramadan approaching us, are we any closer to reaching our goals? Like a treasured friend, Ramadan comes with such anticipated joy and then leaves, almost suddenly, with our hearts saddened as it departs. Yet despite this, its timing is almost impeccable as it seems to come at the perfect time every year. When our hearts can no longer bear the uncertainty of this world and the countless hardships we all face, Allah bestows upon us a month full of blessings, spiritual highs, and a chance to reconnect with Him.
Now, if your Ramadan hasn’t had a great start, don’t worry. Remember that it’s always about how you finish, not how you started. However, if your Ramadan isn’t going as planned ask yourself why. Are you having a hard time connecting with Allah? Are you finding it difficult to make time to do the things you want to do this Ramadan? Are you just not feeling it this year? By asking ourselves why, we slowly begin to ascertain the purposes of why we do what we do.
In order to achieve full benefits this Ramadan, grab a pen, paper, sit in a secluded area, and follow these steps:
- Purify your intentions. Reaffirm to yourself why you are fasting this Ramadan. Remember that actions are based off of intentions, so having a pure intention is imperative for achieving success in ibadaat (worship).
- Write a letter to Allah. Yes, you read that right. Sometimes our minds become so clouded with matters of this world that we’re not able to properly assess our current state. Pour your heart out and do NOT hold back. Tell Allah your deepest feelings, insecurities, and worries. Write down anything that comes to mind and remember to be completely honest with yourself when writing this, only then will you truly be able to evaluate your current state. The benefit of writing things down is that it allows one to organize their thoughts and it assists with memory.
- Once you’ve poured out your heart and soul, evaluate everything you’ve written. Not only is this exercise supposed to clear your mind, but you can also use it as a means to assess what you need to work on. Take a moment to reflect on your actions, your words, how you’ve been treating people, and how you’ve been spending these past two weeks. The reality of the situation is that we cannot blame anyone but ourselves as the shayateen are all locked up. The words we utter and the actions we partake are now representative of the state of our hearts. Scary, I know. Do not let this discourage you, since even the feeling of guilt is a Rahmah (Mercy) from Allah SWT. So what better time than now, the second 10 days of Ramadan, to invoke Allah’s Mercy and ask Him for His forgiveness.
Let these remaining two weeks be the turning point in your life. Release yourself from the hardships and deceptions of this world and indulge yourselves into the mercy and sweetness of your faith. Everyone in this world judges you based on results. Your parents, your professors, your friends, your community- essentially the entire world. However, Allah is the only One who judges you based on your effort. Don’t let a rocky start deter you from enjoining in good. In fact, use that as motivation to give these last two weeks your everything and while you’re working your hardest, always remember that Allah sees all your efforts, He knows your intentions, and He’s with you.