Ramadan Kareem in Abu Dhabi

No life ever grows great by itself,
Until it is devoted, focused and closely controlled.
Also no life is ever happy until,
it is lived for the glory of Allah.
May Allah bless all of us..
May the spirit of Ramadan ,
enlighten the world and show us,
the way to peace and harmony..
(~Ramadan kareem)..

Well, this is my first time experience for the holy month of ramadan, to do fasting (puasa) in overseas. The thing is, since I’ve arrived in this city (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), I know I felt amazed with the way of life of the people in here.

Then, when Ramadan month was coming, I become more amazed. Because, all activities during Ramadan are always related with worship to God (Allah SWT). Not surprise enough for middle east country, that ruled by Islam religion. But, when I’ve experieced for the first time, It makes me wondering in a good way, that make me really thankful for experienced Ramadan in this good city.

In this part of the world, the phrase used to greet during Ramadan, is “Ramadan Kareem”, meaning ‘Ramadan is generous’. Well, Ramadan is a time for giving. People give to the poor, and help out their fellow man. Charity tents are erected for those who wish to donate to the needy, and charity desks abound.

As it turns out, Ramadan is not simply an exercise in fasting during the day, binge-eating during the night and setting the clock to the morning’s wee hours for those inclined to rise for the predawn meal. Neither is it about irate drivers who feel entitled to exhibit road rage, lacklustre employees who see the month as an excuse to slack off, and overworked women slaving over a stove every day in preparation for the sunset meal. Ramadan is none of those things, if done right, and instead, is the chance for a spiritual boost, with lessons to be applied long after the month is out.

It is a special and blessed month. It is a time for self-reflection and challenging ourself. The challenge lies in remaining disciplined in terms of fulfilling the religious obligations. It is like a reset button for our body and our soul.

In the evening, after the call to prayer of the muezzin, at sunset, is the Iftar, or time to break the fast. This meal is a nice moment that Muslims often share with family or friends. In Abu Dhabi, all mosques distribute free meals to moslem who fasting. Furthermore, the feasting when the fast breaks is magnanimous to say the least, with servings especially generous!

When extra prayers time is coming, that called Taraweeh, specific to this month, there will be a lot of Muslims to read as much of the Quran as they can in the mosque. The last 10 days of the month becomes especially significant people, since it is believed that the Quran was revealed during this time, and many stay up praying during the whole night.

Other extra bonus for me is, I have chance to gather & meet a lot of Indonesian people who also working here in Abu Dhabi. There is always event for iftar together during the weekend and sometimes during work-days. Especially, during weekend, the event is continue for “mabit” / “i’tikaf” in mosque.

Here is the picture, where “Buka Bersama” with Indonesian people in Emirate Palce.

Here is the picture, where “Buka Bersama” with Indonesian people in Emirates Tower :

For the most part, I’m really thankful to Allah, that has given me this chance, to be part of special spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan in Abu Dhabi.

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