some tea and cake at home at 6 a.m., and then up to the very early morning prayer in the village:
after greeting everybody and wishing a blessed day, people go home to sacrify the sheep:
and then families sit together, share, prepare BBQ and the lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of this holy day:
and in the afternoons and over the next days tea with friends.
hope your Id was also a blessed one!
Id moubarak said and happy feast of devotion, sacrifice and faith!
Allahumma taqqabbil to all the pilgrims in Makkah (Mecca), in remembrance of prophet Abraham.
some of my memories and facts about that most important celebration in the Muslim year:
Allahumma taqqabbal minni oua minkoum!
some natural-, food- and spiritual- inspiration wishing you all wonderful and blessed last nights of this holy month!
Those who spend their wealth [in Allah ‘s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (2:274)
Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (2:286)
Ramadan is wonderfully amazing !
- It teaches me self-control and shows me the real power of my will.
- It assures me that I am independent from coffee, sugar and other addictions.
- It submits the soul under divine protection and guidance which makes it possible, even for young children, to restrain with joy and ease from food and drink during 16 day-light-hours.
- Allah facilitates so many things we never thought being able to accomplish, subhanallah.
- All my senses get fine-tuned and my receptivity gets deeper.
- It is a gift to feel all of this, every year in a different way, because Ramadan moves every year about 10 days ahead in the calendar, which gives us the opportunity to experience the sacred month in every season over the years.
- I feel my vulnerability and humbleness in a very reassuring way.
- Allah gives us power and energy we normally do not have (with only 5 hours sleep per night), alhamdulillah.
- Doing such an act of worship in community (not for the ego, not to be seen by others, only to fulfill our duties toward our creator) gives much strength.
- In Ramadan, Allah’s blessings can be felt more than ever, everywhere: in the cold breeze He sends, in the rain He offers, in the good food He provides every evening and the water that quenches our thirst…
Allahu akbar! Thanks to God.