رمضان في سريلانكا / Ramadan in Sri Lanka 2015

رمضان في سريلانكا / Ramadan in Sri Lanka 2015
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Pazar, 09 Eylül 2012 00:00

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين سيدنا محمد مصطفی وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين.

 

Sri Lankan Muslims are exploring the meaning of Ramadan

 

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Dropped in early before afternoon prayers for a bit of a kip (nap), but all the siesta spots in this corner of the mosque were taken.

 

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Tuan travels to Colombo (capital and largest city of Sri Lanka) on his wheelchair and waits outside the mosque until people come out after the prayers so that he can ask them for help.

 

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In Ramadan hop was to the famous Jamiu'l Alfar mosque in Pettah (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

 

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My memories go back to the good old days, looking at these guys play. Even during Ramadan, ignoring our parents advice, we played for at least a couple of hours a day.
 
 

 

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Eating a date first helps the body start its digestive process and gives it the energy to deal with the secondary, more complex foods, eaten during iftar the breaking of the fast.

 

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It is common to see people of different age groups carrying buckets and jugs of free 'kanji' around in the evenings during the holy month of Ramadan.

 

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Let's go to the Masjid! Don't mock those who start practising in Ramadan. This might be their turning point just like you had yours one day.

 

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When Ramadan starts, these little stalls on the streets, specially closer to mosques, will sell these goodies for a very fair price.

 

 

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The Iftar spread today included beef kanji, a fruit platter, an assortment of 'short' eats, halapa, yum, grape juice and faluda.

 

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This part of the mosque is not carpeted so after days of hogging others' prayer mats and still ended up on someone else's prayer mat.

 

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Breaking fast the Jumma Mosque in Ratnapura. Listening to valuable advice given by the elders of the mosque on sharing iftar and the significance of Ramadan.

 

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One of the things I'm grateful for about being back in Sri Lanka during ramadan is the family time and camaraderie it brings with it. Here, our uncle has dropped in after a shift at the hospital to break his fast and we have coaxed our reclusive grandmother to join us. You can't see our faces, but we're smiling.

 
 
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I have known Abdul Razzak Nana for a very long time, since my childhood. I honestly do not know what he does for a living, but during Ramadan the mosque employees him to make Kanji (porridge) for over five hundred people who will come to the mosque for Iftar on a daily basis. This is him, going back home after a tiring days work. He was telling me that he doesn't feel quite well as he used to, might be the age.
 
 
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Eating in a Sawan is one of the many things I love about my Muslim culture. The food is extra tasty, the aroma melts your heart and that Watalappan in the end will just take you to heaven. What's the secret? I guess it's just one of the many perks of eating in the Sawan. The love grows. 
 
 
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The book of Allah is not a book like any other, it is the timeless speech of Allah, not a created thing, the study guide for life and death and what comes after. Therefore it deserves a more careful study than anyone else’s speech.
 
As an authentic hadith in At-Tirmidhi proves: “Whoever reads a letter from Qur'an, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.
 
Nine great benefits of reciting the Quran
1. Reading and reflecting over the Qur’an fulfils an Islamic duty.
2. The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgment.
3. The Qur’an will intercede for us on the Day of Judgment.
4. Your status in this life will be raised
5. You will be from the best of the people.
6. There are ten rewards for each letter you recite from the Qur’an.
7. The reciters of the Qur’an will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels
8. Your position in Paradise is determined by the amount of Qur’an you memorize in this life!
9. The Qur’an will lead you to Paradise!
 
 
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Ramadan is about sharing with family and neighbours, with people of all faith. The spirit of Ramadan is about 'breaking fast' with others in a spirit of solidarity. Every faith has an element of fasting for spiritual purification. This is something that we all share in common and needs to be understood much better plus actually celebrated. Galle Muslim Cultural Association recently had an 'iftar' (breaking of the fast) where people and clergy of all faith in the neighbourhood were invited to share the celebration of Ramadan
 
 
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One thing Aluthkade (aka Hulftsdorp) seemingly has no shortage of during Ramadan is street food, even on less crowded streets such as this. In fact, at first glance there appears to be more food than people. But then you realize that there are way more people living here than is immediately obvious. We ran into a huge street iftar that must have easily fed 2000, all sitting in two rows facing each other along a narrow side street. All the usual Ramadan fare is out in force, and then some. Didn't have a chance to try out a whole lotta food, but I had some milk hoppers that I could have kept eating all night if I hadn't controlled myself with the kind of willpower that only Ramadan can give you. Alhamdulillah. 
 
 
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As we start to enter the last 10 days of #ramadan, muslims become even more reflective and spiritual. This is the most holiest part of the month where you seek Allah forgiveness, His Mercy and salvation. In this period there is one night that is more holier than the others. The night of power where you spiritually seek forgiveness and throw yourselves at the Mercy of Allah. It is the time that we seek light from a dark place; we seek His guidance and mercy. We want that light to be switched on for the rest of the year. We pray that Allah allows us a little room within His light.
 
 
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Was happy to be part of and witness probably one of the most largest and longest street Iftars 
 
 
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Our five daily prayers are a way that we distance ourselves from worldly materials that wouldn't last forever and engage in a conversation with the Almighty. The five prayers regulate our lives with their specific times and reminds us that indeed God is greater than anything else. As the end of Ramadan approaches, gifting us beautiful nights of submission.As you go down on sujood sincerely bowing down to your creator you realize that, indeed every time your forehead touches the ground it is a constant reminder that although we love the worldly life, we live for a higher purpose
 
 
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People are rushing to take wudu which is an act of ablution taken prior to perform prayers. Taking ablution is mandatory for a muslim for performing prayer. There for every masjid has a pool or a small pond for this.
 
 
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Having a milky tea after tharaweeh prayers is a must to do item for me. One of room mate is so special in preparing.
 
 
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Ramadan day 27, It's Kadir Night. May the all almighty Allah forgive all our sins and overnight with his mercy and kindness.
 
 
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Are the collections of the reports purporting to quote what the Islamic prophet Muhammad said verbatim on any matter. The term comes from the Arabic meaning "report" "account" or "narrative". Hadees books are considered as sacred books second to Holy Quran among muslim communities. Most masjids have collections of authenticate hadees books in their book shelves. 
 
 
 
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Do not delay asking for forgiveness. Because the second you close your eyes, your soul departs your body. Its return is never guaranteed.
 
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam said " Every son of Adam makes mistakes, and the best of those who make mistakes are those who repent" (At-Tirmidhi)
 
We need to repent to Allah evey day, because we make mistakes everyday. If we want to clear up our daily mistakes and not face the consequences in the hereafter, we must then repent daily and frequently.
 
 
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