Sustainability should also become increasingly important for Muslims so that we can preserve our planet. Living sustainably is honoring our Creator. This also includes prayer.
In order to keep our world alive, sustainability is increasingly coming into focus. Fortunately, also in the Muslim community, but often not enough.
A sustainable lifestyle is a tribute to our Creator. Many products in our daily life are made of non-natural materials, we surround ourselves with plastic and lose more and more the connection to nature.
This has been a concern for me, Ismar and my friends Nadina and Anesa for a long time. We are three Bosnian Muslims living in Munich, Germany and we try to make our daily life as sustainable as possible.
That’s why we started looking for a prayer rug made of natural materials. Because we want to bed our forehead on a natural material during our most intimate date with our creator, especially when on the go. We were looking for something non-synthetic, still impervious and easy to carry but couldn’t find anything, so we decided to design something that fulfills our needs and founded RAHATNOOK.
As a corner of solitude, a place of peace and coziness, RAHATNOOK refers to our “space of silence”, both spatial and spiritual. It stands for the time we deliberately take for our daily prayers to immerse ourselves into “another world”: Rahat – (peace, calm, comfort) and nook – sheltered place, cosy corner.
In pursuit of rahat we are passionate about finding the best, ethically sourced and fair-traded natural materials to create timeless and functional products for a Muslim’s everyday use.
After a long research and lot of sampling, we decided to create prayer rug out of wool because of its great properties. We made the prayer rug big enough to perform prayer without changing the position and still light and compact enough, so when folded it fits in any bag.
The minimalistic Islamic geometry design was inspired by the creation of heavens, with a simple color pallet in blue gold, so it doesn’t distract you from your most important date.
A sustainable framework for worship
A daily commodity such as the prayer rug, which symbolizes the outer boundary between daily life and meditation, should convey the same naturalness and timelessness as prayer.
Our RAHATNOOK is made to embody the realm of tranquility and peace that we enter inwardly while experiencing contemplation and spirituality. We want everyone to establish naturalness and organic consciousness within every corner of our everyday lives.
We wish to offer muslims a pleasant framework for their daily ibadah in accordance with our principles: a natural, sustainable and fair approach dealing with our environment and our fellow human beings. To us, thoughtfulness and sustainability plays an important part in worshiping the God, and by honoring the raw materials He provided us with, we intend to make products that are made to last.
We pay attention to sustainability and ecology in every production step and act- from the wellbeing of “our” sheep and everyone involved in the production process, harmless nontoxic dyeing, waste free waving and finishing, to recycled and recyclable co2 neutral packaging and shipping.
We designed our products to eventually return safely to nature and become food for new plants and products.
May your heart always be rahat.