Greetings everyone! I hope those who have just celebrated Eidul Fitri (the celebration after a month’s fast in Ramadan) have had the most fantastic time. I feel very blessed this year to have had the opportunity to be with my beloved mom and sisters on this auspicious day. It’s been a truly extra special Eid indeed. I’ve also had the chance to meet up with many of my relatives, it’s been really good. I am still in the process of catching up with more relatives and several good old friends. Alhamdulillah for my Eid blessings this year, I shall treasure them forever. It’s something I’ve wished for a very long time indeed and has finally came true. I’m finally home for Eid!
My family and I with my beloved mom and sisters
Greetings! We are entering the last 10 days of Ramadan tomorrow, time sure does fly! I am getting busier by the day, after 30 days of fasting in Ramadan we shall be celebrating Eidul Fitri. I shall be occupied with all sorts of preparations to welcome this auspicious day. At the same time I also need to focus on these last 10 days of Ramadan. I hope to make the most of this blessed month by improving myself as much as possible, I know I have a long way to go. Therefore I shall take this opportunity to wish everyone a fruitful last 10 days of Ramadan and a wonderful Eid afterwards (either on 17th or 18th July, depending on the moon sighting). Please forgive me for my wrong doings, I know I have many. And thank you so much for reading my blog, it means a lot to me. I am just a simple ordinary person who loves peace, I feel deeply saddened by the atrocities of the world. But I go by this quote by Professor Tariq Ramadan, “Muslims must speak out and explain who they are, what they believe in, what they stand for, what is the meaning of their life. They must have the courage to denounce what is said and done by certain Muslims in the name of their religion.” Spread peace and love always, not hatred. Anyway, I wanted to make this post extra special, so I have compiled pictures of my 4 children during previous Eids. You can see how they’ve grown each year! They were dressed in Malay/Indian outfits mainly, they are of mixed heritage Malay-Gujerati after all. Why not embrace the diversity of the mixed cultures? Anyway, I cannot chatter on like usual, must dash unfortunately. Please remember my family and I in your prayers! I have included a children’s Eid song from my homeland Malaysia at the end, the video clip portrays the typical festive Eid celebration back home. Enjoy!
Selamat Hari Raya/Eid Mubarak to everyone! ❤❤❤
Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade; but memories…MEMORIES LAST FOREVER!
Greetings everyone! Today is the 6th day of the holy month of Ramadan (Muslim calendar), I can’t believe it’s almost a week since we started fasting! Alhamdulillah, we are managing fairly well even though we fast for around 19 hours in England. Anyway, as always, this blessed month tends to make me rather nostalgic. I miss my family and homeland more than ever at this time of the year. Memories of fasting there in Ramadan followed by the Eidul Fitri celebration which comes a month later (Syawwal) stays with me. The last time I was in Malaysia for Ramadan and Eid as a single young woman was back in 1996, a few months before I flew to England to pursue my Masters degree. Little did I know at the time that it would be my last Ramadan and Eid there. My whole life changed afterwards when I met my husband and settled down in England. I still return to my homeland every few years but it rarely coincides with the auspicious months of Ramadan and Syawwal. These months are truly special for they increase our spirituality as well as strengthen our relationships with our nearest and dearest. I look forward to future Ramadans and Eids with my family, relatives and friends back in my homeland, InshaAllah. And this time I return with a family of 6! As usual, I miss my beloved father more than ever in Ramadan, I wish for the hundredth time that he was still alive to see my growing family. He would have been very happy. May your soul rest in peace Papa, you may not be with us in body but I keep your spirit alive, your grandchildren knows you through my memories. I leave you with several images from my Eid in Malaysia ages ago, along with a nostalgic Malay Eid song I still love. Ramadan Mubarak to all, do remember my family and I here in your prayers…
my younger sisters with my parents on Eid day, 1996
me on Eid day, 1996
my parents with my son, their first grandchild, Eid 2000
Never too early to play that nostalgic Eid song…I could listen to it over and over again…
Ramadan is, in its essence, a month of humanist spirituality.
The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.
Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness. – Professor Tariq Ramadan
MAY THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN
STAY IN OUR HEARTS AND
ILLUMINATE OUR SOULS FROM WITHIN.
HAVE A BLESSED MONTH
PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO ALL.