Hello everyone ! I hope all of you are having a wonderful year so far ! I know, I have been neglecting this blog a wee bit becoz there have been so many events and things that have been keeping me tied up.
Reasons for delay in updating this blog :-
- July – Visit to Turkey
- August – Ramadhan
- Sept – Visit to Khasab
- Sept – Schools reopen 😦
- October – Too many party favor and baby shower orders !!!
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We travelled to Turkey this July. I will be posting several pictures in my next post. To say that its a beautiful place is an understatement. But I’ll keep the details about that for the next post.
We returned to Dubai early August and Ramadhan, the holy month for muslims when they fast from Dawn to Dusk, had already begun. This year’s Ramadhan has probably been the best so far. why ? All the boys fasted with all 5 prayers …. and Taraveeh ….. that too ….. 20 rakahs …… and they also went for Qayam !!!! How awesome is that !!!! Needless to say, I am so so proud of them. Bilal is 12, Sawaab 10 and Eman 9. They were so true to their fast, refraining from music, playstation and even tried to guard their tongue. Mashallah.
Here is just one of their pics :
Ramadhan in the Gulf is really special. Empty streets at Maghrib, short working hours for all, a lively atmospher in the evening and everyone (muslims and nonmuslims both) refrain from eating in public areas during the day time. Probably one of the only things that I did not really like about Istanbul.
I’d like to share with you’ll one of our Iftaars ( meals to open the fast taken at dusk) ~ Although every year, we decide that we’re going to stick to fruits followed by a proper meal, invariably we land up having fritters and chaat ! Thats a weird connection between Indian/Pakistanis and Phulkas (fritters) for Iftaar !!! Here is one of the Iftaars :-
What your seeing here are onion fritters, potato fritters, chicken fritters, chilly fritters, Chana masala (chickpeas masala) and dahi bhallas ( fritters in yoghurt) Ofcourse we break the fast with a glass of water and some dates, followed by a few of the above items, finish our Maghreb prayers and relax a bit. Again by 9:00 we’re already off for Isha and Taraveeh prayers. Mostly Sam would have a little something to eat after returning from Taraveeh and then rise again for Fajr.
Ramadhan this year has been especially blessed. I pray Allah swt accepts our duas and fasts and forgives us for all the small and big sins we commit. Ameen. I hope so much to carry on all the rituals we did this year into next year too. Inshallah.
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