1,8 billion Muslims all around the world are ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan which begins on May 6. One of the most holy months of the year in the Islamic calendar. Because the calendar is lunar, the month of Ramadan shifts from year to year.
I have to say so far, a few days into Ramadan, it has been a lovely time. There is a sense of peacefulness in the air. The mosques have been more crowded, and i can’t wait to hear children in the street making noise to wake people up for makan sahur, the pre-dawn meal which is eaten before imshak, when the alert sounds that it is almost time for subuh, the dawn prayer and the fast begins.
The first time I fasted during Ramadan was when I was in the second grade of elementary school. School was later – we would go at 7am and obviously we went home earlier. I was to be a woman, a really good daughter to my parent, and say: “Look at me, I’m fasting.”. Then, every night i went to mosque to Shalat Taraweh. Is not because i want to, but.. my teacher give us task for 30 days , we have to write down the speech of the imam after shalat Taraweh. haha.
I remember. During Ramadan, my mum would go to sleep early so she could get up early and make something to eat. She will wake me up at 2 – 3 am. Then she always prepare a glass of milk, some soup and fried egg or chicken or tempeh for makan sahur. And she always asked me to drink warm water before imshak. My brother always make a mess with wake up late 5 minutes before imshak. I love to watch television because all the major religions show up are on during this month. If i remember that time, i really missed that moment so much.
What Ramadan means to me has largely been passed down from my parents. Fasting is about our personal relationship and responsibility to Allah. Those of us who fast believe we can increase our faith in Allah. Fasting gives us a sense of empathy towards those people who are not able to eat or have difficulty eating. We’re fasting to gain purification. It’s also about appreciating hungry people and God’s gifts that have been given to us.
So, are you ready for Ramadan tomorrow?
I’m not ready only, i’m very excited! And, i can’t wait to share to you about my Ramadan activity in this blog. So, stay tune always in my blog.