Eid Mubarak

eid

 

It’s the last day of fasting and preparations are being made to celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan.

Muslims all over the world will attend congregational prayers held in the local community Masjid, paying respect to their loved ones by reciting the doa and visiting relatives and friends. Do not forget to prepare duit raya, a common custom here.

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IFTAR (إفطار)

Tomorrow’s menu will be a special one. Yes, it’ll definitely be a crossroad between East & West, a fusion of taste and vibrant in color. Mom will serve cous cous with beef soup, chicken curry and Libyan soup @ Sharba Libya with orzo and baguette. I’ll be preparing the drinks — iced Apple Mint juice with a squeeze of lemon!

What will you be having on the 6th day of Ramadan?

Ramadan Al-Karim

Wishing all Muslims Ramadan Mubarak. May it be a prosperous, spiritual & peaceful time to all no matter the place, time or condition. Tomorrow or according to the Islamic calendar tonight (after Maghrib) will be the start of the month of Ramadan for those living in this part of the globe.

Ramadan Greetings from abroad

Celebrating Eid abroad away from families is an experience and also a heartache for some especially for those living, studying @ working abroad for the their first time. It’s even more difficult if you’re away in a non-muslim country. There’s no chance of you experiencing such joy as there are job commitments etc you have to go through. What more, one can’t fly back home due to work, exams etc. So, Eid is celebrated with friends, the working @ student community in that area or at the Embassy @ High Commission. Some would send greetings along with a pic (individual @ group) which is printed in the local papers back home. I used to love looking at them, thinking if there were any familiar faces.

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Anything special on tv this Ramadan?

For the past 12 years, I’ve never missed watching this award-winning documentary. It’s called Jejak Rasul or In the Footsteps of the Messenger.

From Wiki:

Jejak Rasul is the no.1 Islamic documentary show in Malaysia. This show has broadcast on TV3 during Ramadan fasting month.

List of episodes

  • Jejak Rasul (1995 = 1416AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 2 – (1996 = 1417AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 3 North Africa and Europe – (1997 = 1418AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 4 China and India – (1998 = 1419AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 5 Southeast Asia – (1999 = 1420AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 6 Africa – (2000 = 1421AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 7 Mesir Bumi Anbia – (2001 = 1422AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 8 Sutera Laut Bicara Syahadah – (2002 = 1423AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 9 Warkah Mesopotamia – (2003 = 1424AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 10 Acheh – Sejagat yang Berdaulat – (2004 = 1425AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 11 Sicupak dari Istanbul – (2005 = 1426AH)
  • Jejak Rasul 12 Prophet Muhammad S.A.W – (2006 = 1427AH)

This documentary is aired daily, 18.30 – 19.00 on weekdays and at 17.00 – 17.30 on weekdends.

Below is a video from this season’s episode:

Ramadan in Libya & USA

What will you be having for IFTAR (Updated)

Iftar, refers to the evening meal for breaking the daily fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar during Ramadan is often done as a community, with Muslims gathering to break their fast together. Traditionally, a date is the first thing to consume during Iftar when the fast is broken.

Since it’s Ramadan, mom doesn’t usually cook. (That’s mom & we don’t mind) Why? For one reason only, we don’t eat that much. We can’t seem to consume so much food. Hence, we would normally lose so much weight. Anyway so much food on the table will go to waste. So we end up going to the Ramadan bazaar close by to buy some dishes to eat.

Today, we will be going to TTDI to get some nasi beriani and some popiah! Umm yummy..talking about food is making my mouth water. We will drown everything with iced blackcurrant juice. Obviously we need the extra Vitamin C especially when fasting in such a dreadful weather, rain, sun & the bloody haze! I nearly choked to death this morning, with painful teary eyes. I felt as if tiny particles were poking thru my glasses & into my very sensitive eyes. Stop those open-burnings in Indonesia, will you! You’re killing all of us!

We will be having kek batik & putu piring as well for dessert.


borrowed this pic from “maliqueiva.fotopages.com”


putu piring


kek batik

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Looking at my little cousin breaking fast reminds me of myself at her age or maybe a few years older. Kids these days have been trained to fast since the tender age of 5 or 6. Some would fast for half a day for a few days or weeks, it all depends. Some would fast the whole day. I for one, didn’t start fasting till I was about 7 @ 8, I guess. It was a very difficult start for me. I was a very sick & weak child, I had to endure such pains for days. I had childhood asthma and upset stomach. So, most of my primary years I would fast for half a day.

I remember fasting during the summer of 86. It was my first year studying at OCS. School was on, so were our PE classes. I could recall our coach teaching us about baseball. Imagine playing on sand under the hot summer sun. We were asked to bat while our friends would take our place to run to the bases. I insisted on running. Coach was surprised but I managed to convince him that I would not faint and he does not need to worry about me. Well, I ran a few rounds, didn’t faint as no one knew that once I reach home I’ll have my lunch! ;P I cheated!

In the evening, mom and dad would go to the market, I would tag along, we would buy fruits like tangarine, fresh dates, figs, watermelon, honeydew and/or grapes. Whatever is available. We would break our fast with dates and milk or mineral water. we then proceed with the main dish wish consist of rice and home cooked dishes. In fact, we’ve experienced breaking fast in total darkness.