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eid memories

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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

my younger sisters with my parents on Eid day, 1996

me on Eid day, 1996

ehet

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 ramblings 2

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Greetings all! I noticed many searches for ‘Ramadan Iftar Food’ on my blog, well, I’ve compiled them here for you! I cook very simple meals, nothing too complicated! I mentioned in my previous post how we can’t really eat much during this year’s 19 hour fast here in the UK, well it’s true! By the time we break our fast at dusk (around 9.30pm), pray Maghrib and eat the main meal, it’s already 10.30pm. Which means we only have 4 hours left before we resume fasting, Suhoor (the morning meal) ends around 2.45am! We’re still kind of full from Iftar but it’s encouraged to eat a bit more to get us going for the next day! Suhoor is like breakfast time for us; cereals, toasts and buns usually. This Ramadan has proven to be the most challenging one so far, I pray God make it easier for me in the days to come! I’ve included 2 more Ramadan songs below; one melodious and calm, the other very upbeat and will wake you up for sure! Someone like me needs to be woken up big time this Ramadan! I wish all of you peace and blessings in this holy month, remember us in your prayers…

Note : My food photos not intended to entice you whilst fasting in Ramadan, nor is it to show off my moderate cooking skills. They are for those looking for simple dishes to prepare in this blessed month. Thank you.

Don’t miss out on my previous Ramadan posts! 

my simple Ramadan dishes for iftar

my simple Ramadan dishes for Iftar

The upbeat one!

The calm melodious one!

welcome Ramadan!

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Ramadan is a month of fasting, self-evaluation and spiritual growth.

Ramadan is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, help the poor and needy, do away with bad habits — essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings.

dates to break our fast with

dates to break our fast with

shall we get this one, mummy?

shall we get this one, Mummy?

melons a must to break our fast in summer

melons ideal to quench our thirst after the 19 hour-long summer fasting in England

nature couple

 Wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful Ramadan!

You lift me up high
You spread my wings
And fly me to the sky
I feel so alive
It’s like my soul thrives in your light
But how I wish you’d be
Here with me all year around

Ramadan Ramadan,
Ramadanu ya habib
(Ramadan, Ramadan,
Ramadan O beloved)
Ramadan Ramadan
Laytaka dawman qareeb
(Ramadan, Ramadan,
How I wish you were always near)

Love is everywhere
So much peace fills up the air
Ramadan month of the Quran
I feel it inside of me, strengthening my Iman
But how I wish you’d be
Here with me all year around

I just love the way you make me feel
Every time you come around you breathe life into my soul
And I promise that
I’ll try throughout the year
To keep your spirit alive
In my heart it never dies
Oh Ramadan!

love poem

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I take this opportunity to wish all Muslims a happy and blessed EIDUL ADHA 26th October, 2012

courtesy of Google images

Floating roses, Cordoba, Spain (Summer 2007)

It Felt Love

How
Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give to this world
All its
Beauty?

It felt the encouragement of Light
Against its
Being,

Otherwise,
We all remain

Too
Frightened.

HAFIZ

 

 A memorable track from my Cordoba trip…

goodbye ramadan

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 An Eidul-Fitr song from my beloved homeland which brings back many memories…

We’re in the last few days of Ramadan now, soon Muslims all across the world will be celebrating Eidul-Fitr (The festival of Fast-breaking). This is a joyous and auspicious affair for us; just as Christmas is for the Christians, Wesak for the Buddhists, Diwali for the Hindus, Chinese New Year for the Chinese and Vaisakhi for the Sikhs (these are the ones I’m familiar with having grown up in Malaysia). It will begin with a special prayer and charity giving, visiting the grave, followed by socializing, festive meals and very modest gift-giving, especially to children. As much as I’m looking forward to this celebration, it will be sad to leave Ramadan behind, for this fasting month has helped us practice self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It has also reminded us of the suffering of the poor, who may rarely get to eat well. It has truly been a wonderful time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. It is indeed a very special month unlike any other time in the year.

mehndi hands!

These last few days of Ramadan is rather hectic for me; as we’re busy tidying up the house, baking cakes/cookies and getting new clothes ready for our celebration. This year my girls also have their hands decorated with mehndi. As always, I become rather nostalgic during this period, from missing my family and friends back in my homeland. This is also the time when childhood memories come flooding back, Eidul-Fitr as a child in Malaysia was certainly the best for me. I remember playing sparklers and fireworks every night in the final week of Ramadan! In England it’s definitely a far quieter affair in comparison, but still lovely in its own way. One of the major differences for me now is the main food we have on the big day; instead of ketupat/lemang and rendang with peanut sauce as customary in Malaysia (my mom’s recipe is the best!), I now cook lamb biryani, perhaps not as delicious as my mother in law’s, but my family absolutely loves it!

I’ll leave you now (got heaps to do!) with several Ramadan and Eid food images, hope you will like them! 🙂

I will miss this, my starter for breaking fast in Ramadan; dates, fruit salad and samosas.

fruits are great for breaking fast!

main meal, bread and vegetable soup, the simpler the better!

fruit jelly, one of our favourite Ramadan desserts

Malaysian ketupat, lemang and rendang I used to eat on Eid Day (courtesy of Google images)

lamb biryani I now cook on Eid Day in England! (courtesy of Google images)