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Ramadhaan outside of the US so far


As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

I pray to Allah that everyone is taking full advantage of this blessed month of Ramadhaan. For verily, it could surely be our last.

Wanted to share a few quick things about spending Ramadhaan outside of the US and wanted to hear your comments also.

Spending the first 10 days of Ramadhaan in Pakistan.. It’s really a different feeling here. Especially at the time of each prayer. The moment you start walking towards the masjid, you see so many people mashaAllah going to the masjid for the congregational prayer. At least where I reside in CT, you hardly notice any difference except for ‘isha and taraweeh.

Breaking iftaar with the whole family is also more special because there are 10 minutes between the time of adhaan and the iqamah. So we eat what we can in that time and then the men start walking to the masjid.

Walking to the masjid is really tremendous. Not only do you get reward as mentioned in the following hadith but its also good for the health of the body mashaAllah.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).”
[Muslim].

However, its a little frustrating to see the opposition to the Sunnah. Just today, at the masjid for ‘isha, I saw a person in the row who was standing on his own prayer rug and both people on either side weren’t stepping on the prayer rug to close the gaps. There was easily room for one more person on either side.

It’s really nice however, to see so many people in the masjid for all the prayers. Makes you feel like this is a special month.

May Allah guide the rulers of the Muslim lands and guide the Muslims to Tawheed and the authentic Sunnah and away from acts of shirk, innovation and blind following of the madhabs. Ameen.

What have been your experiences of Ramadhaan outside of the US in Muslim countries? Go ahead and share. BarakAllahu feekum

  1. August 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

    May Allah accept all our good and forgive the bad during this month of mercy, forgiveness, and erasing of sins – ameen.

    We are blessed to live in Madinah al Munawarrah, and are enjoying our second Ramadhaan here mashaa’Allah. The differences are enormous, compared to back in Pennsyvania, USA. The intense heat encourages and facilitates everyone staying indoors during the day. Shops only open from around dhuhr time to 5 p.m. during the day, and then after the isha’ prayer.

    From about 45 minutes to an hour before maghrib, the ground around and near the masaajid is spread with tablecloths and the men start sitting, making dua’ and waiting for time to break fast. Anyone who wishes to eat in Ramadhaan, simply has to go to the masjid near them and they will find futoor spread out for them. This is magnified hundred fold at Masjid an Nabawi, where huge tablecloths are put out with not only dates, water, yogurt, bread, fruits, chicken, rice, and various other foods. Giving is paramount in this month…and although there is a lot of waste and excess, it is beautiful to know that even the poorest of workers will eat well after a day of sacrifice.

    For us, sitting at home is the biggest blessing of all. We all (us parents and our 4 children) spend our day reading our daily juz, the Daily Sittings in Ramadhaan by Skh. Uthaymeen. I give the children questions to answer on each juz and hubby does questions on the Daily Sittings. We do simpler ones for our 5 year old. We are surrounded by masaajid and bask in the clear, melodious adhaans from them all 5 times a day. We can hear three different masaajid for taraweeh.

    The people here stay up all night, sleeping after fajr until about 2 p.m. We, however, go to sleep after ‘isha’/taraweeh as this is the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. In this way, we can spend our day in ibaadah.

    I get up for tahajjud, prepare suhoor for the family, and after fajr prayer, I read Qur’an in Arabic until Ishraq. Then I offer 2 rakaat of prayer and rest for a couple of hours. Meals are planned in advance and the kitchen is not opened until after Asr, with food preparation being kept to the minimum.

    We are all actively learning and focusing this month. We have a Daily Account for the children – a chart which gives them points for fasting, completing their juz, seeking Islamic knowledge, giving sadaqah, etc.

    When I consider our life in the States, how nothing stops for Ramadhaan we are distracted by dunya, and the Islamic Center is akin to a jungle at iftar time I must breathe a huge sign of relief to be here. I’m sure the struggle in such an environment reaps great rewards, but the feeling of actually getting things accomplished during this precious month and improving ourselves is far greater here.

    All thanks and praise to Allah, the perfect provider of all needs. May we all have our best Ramadhaan ever and have the gate of Ar-Rayyan wide open for us – ameen!

  2. August 8, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Sister, thats really amazing subhanAllah. It’s true.. the feeling of Ramadhaan is just not there in the States. People just come to the masjid for iftaar if there is iftaar there and then for taraweeh. The days are just like any other days except for those whom Allah has mercy upon.

    Here in Pakistan also, the shops close after asr and then open after Taraweeh till late. I’m sure its amazing there. May Allah accept from your family your fasting and give all of us tawfeeq to do more in this blessed month. Ameen.

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