Ramadan Mubarak!

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Kuwait had announced three days ago that the month of fasting could start on August 11, Thursday.  But here in the United Arab Emirates, it was only after 9 pm last night that we got confirmation that Ramadan would start today.  We kept calling friends and families, even those living in Makkah city, who informed us that the imam there had just confirmed the sighting of the moon.  Minutes later, as we headed home from work, we heard the taraweeh prayers from the mosques.  Here was how the crescent-sighting committee did their job last night.

So today is the first day of fasting here for us, this being my fourth Ramadan in the U.A.E.  Fasting starts at 4:25 am and iftar will be around 7:05 pm.  It’s 40+ °C outside and it is said that this Ramadan will be the longest and hottest in 25 years!  Most of us mostly spend our day (and evenings) in air-conditioned environments, but my heart goes out to those who are working under the sun.  Even if our work hours have been officially shortened to 6 hours per day, it is still risky to fast and toil under the cruel summer sun.  That is probably why the Islamic Authority here said that workers who find fasting beyond their physical capacity in the summer heat may end their fast during the day, and compensate for the missed days later.  And those who work for the municipality will receive free iftar meals.

Outside, posters are up with greetings of a happy Ramadan.  Restaurants are closed during the day, but are allowed to open an  hour or two prior to sunset.  What I love most is that no one is smoking out in the open.  Where I work, there’s usually a ‘smoking tent’ pitched up near the parking area where people can go and smoke in private.  I haven’t seen that tent today.  I’m sure those who smoke are pretty much annoyed.  And, if someone is caught smoking during the day (or drinking or eating for that matter) that person could either end up in jail for a month or pay a 2,000 dirhams fine.

Also, Dubai Metro will be operating from 6 am until 1 in the morning.  And although eating and drinking inside the trains is not allowed (200 dirhams fine), passengers can now eat or drink on the platforms and all other areas of the Metro station at sunset, when it’s time to break the fast.  The “no eating and drinking” signs had already been removed from Metro stations.

And the mosques are overflowing with worshipers, mashaAllah.  Such a wonderful sight.

How is Ramadan in your city this year?

Masood and I wish our Muslim readers a very happy and blessed Ramadan!  May Allah accept our fasting and prayers.  May He help us improve ourselves to become a better person so that we may set good examples for everyone.

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51 Responses to Ramadan Mubarak!

  1. Leena S. says:

    Ramadan Kareem! May this ramadan bring joy to you and your family

  2. Hajar Alwi says:

    Salams dearest Nadia~! Ramadhan Kareem to you and your loved ones! I am working from home today, and just did some errands. Alhamdulillah, the weather is quite cloudy and I saw many people selling food for iftar at the Ramadhan bazaars. I’m hoping to go there later, Insha’Allah. Working in a non-Muslim environment, doesn’t give me the privilege that most Muslims here receive. My bosses are very accommodating though. Ours begin at close to 6am and ends around 7 plus. 🙂

    • nadia says:

      Walaikum Assalam, dear Hajar! Ramadan kareem to you too! MashaAllah, it’s so wonderful that you can work from home, plus it’s also nice that your bosses are very accommodating 🙂

  3. Khawla says:

    Ramadan Mubarak!

  4. masood says:

    Ramadan Kareem!

    May Allah bless us our rightful desires..Aameen.

  5. رمضان کریم

    Thanks for describing in such a detail the advent of Ramadan as it happens in UAE.

  6. رمضان کریم کی نیک ساعتیں آپ تمام کو مبارک ہوں۔

    شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ اللّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُون
    رمضان کا مہینہ وہ ہے جس میں قرآن نازل کیا گیا جو انسانوں کے لیے ہدایت ہے اور اس میں ہدایت کی واضح اور حق کو باطل سے جدا کرنے والی دلیلیں ہیں ، پھر تم میں سے جو شخص اس مہینے کو پائے تو اسے چاہئے کہ اس کے روزے رکھے اور جو شخص بیمار ہو یا سفر پر ہو تو دوسرے دنوں میں گنتی پوری کرے۔ اللہ تمہارے لیے آسانی چاہتا ہے اور وہ تمہارے لیے تنگی نہیں چاہتا اور تاکہ تم گنتی پوری کرو اور اس پر اللہ کی بڑائی بیان کرو کہ اس نے تمہیں ہدایت دی اور تاکہ تم شکر کرو
    ( سورة البقرة : 2 ، آیت : 185 )

    رسول اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا ‫:
    اذا دخل شهر رمضان فتحت ابواب السماء، وغلقت ابواب جهنم، وسلسلت الشياطين
    جب رمضان کا مہینہ آتا ہے تو آسمان کے تمام دروازے کھول دیے جاتے ہیں ، جہنم کے دروازے بند کر دیے جاتے ہیں اور شیاطین کو زنجیروں سے جکڑ دیا جاتا ہے۔
    حيح بخاری ، كتاب الصوم ، باب : هل يقال رمضان او شهر رمضان ومن راى كله واسعا ، حدیث : 1933

  7. Sumera says:

    Ramadhan mubarak 🙂

  8. Mezba says:

    Salaams. Interesting that Kuwait declared 3 days ago that they wouldn’t be able to see the moon ! lol.

    Very interesting link about the hilal committee – thanks!

    Ramadan Kareem to you and your family.

    • nadia says:

      Walaikum Assalam, Mezba! Ramadan kareem to you and your family.

      We were all wondering how Kuwait was able to declare 3 days in advance 🙂

  9. Umm Travis says:

    Happy Ramadan!

    Oh how I miss Ramadan in UAE!!! Take care sis, and make lots of duaa! Ahibuk fe Allah

  10. д§mд says:

    Ramadhan Mubarak to you too 🙂 ours first fast is tomorrow and its one n half hour longer than yours *_*

  11. Ramadan Mubarak to you too! It made me very happy that Ramadan, Mubarak, and Kareem were trending topics on Twitter. 🙂 it was a happy sight.
    That was a lovely post. 🙂 did it help you pass some time on your first fast?
    (hmm…maybe I should do this too)
    My cities fast start around 5:30 and end at about 8 🙂

    • nadia says:

      LavendarClouds, yes, it’s Ramadan greetings everywhere and it made me happy too 🙂

      This post took me around 20 minutes to write, so yeah, it was 20 mins less of the 15-hour fast.

  12. Actually we have it from 5:30 to about 9…just checked 🙂

  13. Nisa AK says:

    Ramadhan Mubarak Nadia! We started fasting on Aug 11 in S’pore too. Though it’s pretty humid here, it rains every now and then Alhamdulillah.
    Nice to read on how Dubai welcomes Ramadhan, I think the best part is seeing mosques filled with worshippers. It’s a sign that we can keep the mosques alive if we want to! So there’s some hope there 😀
    InshaAllah, I hope the weather doesn’t get any worse this Ramadhan for all those Muslims over the world who have to work under the sun.

    • nadia says:

      Ramadan mubarak to you, Nisa! Yes, there is hope! The mosque near our workplace was so full that I wondered where all these people were hiding the entire year 😀

  14. Atie says:

    Ramadhan mubarak, Nadia!

    We’ve completed our first day fasting yesterday, alhamdulillah. I think I’ve told you that my house is only 2 minutes from the masjid? You know what, yesterday the masjid was over crowded with muslimins and muslimahs to break fast, and it continued to be flooded like that until we’ve finished tarawih 15 minutes past 10. Masya-Allah! Such a unique view. Really made me feel like crying.

    Islam is strong when all of us unite as one, insya-Allah!

  15. Lat says:

    Ameen to your dua and Ramadan kareem to you and your family! Fasting and working is such hot weather is no joke.InshaAllah,they’ll find much ease after difficulty.

    • nadia says:

      It is horribly hot outside, and yet I see lots of men working continuously under the sun. This morning, a couple of men where cleaning our windows from outside (we live on the 9th floor). May Allah make it easy for them.

  16. Specs says:

    Ramadan Kareem, Nadia 🙂

    Sorry for the farmaishee program so early in the show but please can we have one of your yummy recipe posts? Anything that’s easy to put together 😀

    • nadia says:

      Ramadan kareem, Specs!

      Can the farmaishee program start after Ramadan, perhaps? My mother-in-law is with us this Ramadan, which means that by the time Masood and I get home from work, yummy food awaits us. But after Eid, I’ll be back in the kitchen, so will post recipe posts then, inshaAllah. Theek hai?

  17. Narendra Sinha says:

    Happy Ramzan (Ramadan) to you !!

    I was jus wondering…. what will happen if a person like me (who can’t skip a meal..fasting is a day-dream for me) lands up in UAE at this time of the year.. I guess if i’ll ask for lunch in any of the hotels at noon..they’ll put me behind bars and make me pay a huge fine too 🙂

    • nadia says:

      Thank you, Narendra.

      If you arrive in the UAE during Ramadan, you can order lunch in your hotel. In fact, restaurants within hotels remain open, albeit ‘covered’.

  18. Behbood says:

    Wish you and the family a happy and a blessed Ramadan. Please remember me in your prayers!

  19. Cosmic Cook says:

    Ramadhan Kareem! May it be a frutiful one.

    JazakAllah for the details, it is interesting to gain an insight. 🙂

  20. Ric says:

    Firstly Ramadan Mubarak ho!

    One thing i fing highly interesting:-

    “And, if someone is caught smoking during the day (or drinking or eating for that matter) that person could either end up in jail for a month or pay a 2,000 dirhams fine”

    But Islam says “no compulsion in religion” which means NO FORCE must be applied.
    A clear FORCE OR COMPULSION is applied.

    Its amazing how Muslim countries break Islamic rules!

  21. Ric says:

    The point is in Ramadan , muslims must fast!

    But Fasting has be under FREE WILL OF THE INDIVIDUAL!

    Not under threat of punishment.

    Thats the real islamic ideal!

    • nadia says:

      Ric, thank you for the greeting, and welcome to the blog 🙂

      Yes indeed, Islam does say that there is no compulsion in religion. This basically means that if you do NOT fast, it’s up to you. You will not be fined or put in jail if someone caught you not fasting. It’s not like there’s a police force out there to determine who’s fasting and who’s not.

      However, there is a law that requires you NOT to eat or drink in public places during daytime. But you can eat at home, in your office, or at certain restaurants within hotels or office buildings that remain open during Ramadan. It’s just like the other laws in this country, like no eating or drinking in the trains or supermarkets, or prohibition to smoke in malls and public parks.

  22. Annie Ahmad says:

    As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rehmatulahi Wa Barakatuhu

    Ramadan Kareem Mubarak!

    May Allah SWT forgive us all this Ramadan. Ameen.

  23. Salaam Nadia! 😀
    how are you?

    Ramadhaan Mubarak to you and Masood! May Allah accept your sacrifices and prayers, grant you both countless blessings, & happiness, ameeen!

  24. amen.

    ramadan here in sweden.. well, the best thing is the dates! But i dont eat it so i´m not a big fan of ramadan, yet! No large mosques to go to, no muslim friends.. But alhamdullilah, in egypt it is lovely.

    ramadan mubarak!

  25. Dua says:

    Wishing you N your family a wonderful Ramadan ahead 🙂 Keep us in your prayers.

  26. That is so beautiful as you are explaining but unfortunately though we are living in ISlamic republic but still such obligations are not applied…. but ofcourse Ramadan has its special offerings and we use to pray and taraweeh in mosques….food markets are closed at morning time but start opening at maghrib time….. Alhamdolillah Ramadan brings its countless blessings along….

    though we are suffering from huge calamity disaster….Allah may guard and help us…. Flood has ruined so many homes and people have become homeless…they dont have food and shelter but we pray that Allah may shower his countless blessings upon us and show his mercy…Ameen

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