Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ramadan Rambles

I love Ramadan. Sleepy suhoors before sunrise, lavish iftars at sunset, taraweeh prayers every evening at the mosque. This month really has its own unique atmosphere.

Even the fasting is enjoyable when you know that the people around you are doing it with you. You really feel a sense of community. There's nothing like sitting with friends around a table in the last few minutes before sunset and hearing the call to prayer go off. In those first few moments of eating dates and drinking water or coffee, you're all the happiest people in the world. It's an experience that becomes even better when you do it surrounded by the people closest to you.

While Ramadan food gets a lot of hype, it's not what makes this month so special. Ramadan is really a social event. You get to see people you haven't seen for ages (probably since last Ramadan), and almost every day there's someone inviting you to their house or out to a restaurant. Collective tarweeh prayers at the mosque give you a chance to meet new people or catch up with old friends. You're almost always with someone doing some thing or other.

And then, of course, there's the spiritual aspect of it all. Ramadan offers a time to step back from the whirlwind of daily life and consider your place in this universe we find ourselves in. Between all the religious traditions of Ramadan, there are those rare and special moments when everything falls in to place. It's as if all the planets align or something. You feel the universe fall at your feet, and you are One.

That's what Ramadan is really about, in the end. Those moments.

Wishing you all a blessed month.
Love it while it lasts!


Asif R. Javaid said...

Ramadan truly is such an amazing time of the year.

The whole shift in routine (very welcome by those of us who work), taraweeh prayers, sense of community, and the food (somehow, food tastes way better in Ramadan), to name a few of the many beautiful aspects of Ramadan.

And yes, fasting is very enjoyable knowing that everyone around you is doing the same. I also love the fact that the mosques fill up. I wish that'd be the case throughout the year, but at least they do fill up once a year :-)

TEK2022 said...

Nicely said...
I remember going to Sheikh Saud Mosque in Sharjah in the last ten days of Ramadan. The streets were closed in all directions because the people couldn't fit in and around the mosque. This wasn't even taraweeh, this was qiyam al layl at 1am.
We prayed with the Imam for over 2 hours... it was very tiring, but u simply cant leave without a strong feeling of satisfaction, a feeling that u belong to something.

Ramadan Mubarak.

Ayesha said...

It's as if Ramadan's spirit sink deeply into all the surroundings! Even the warmth of tears is unlike any other time!
Truely well said Noor =)
مبارك عليكم الشهر

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