Ramadhan in Iceland...
Marhaban Ya Ramadhan...Welcome, Ramadhan...
I've been wanting to post about this since the first day of Ramadhan. But I couldn't find the time to do it...been very busy lately with all the work. But finally i managed to write something about it.
In Islamic calendar, the date changes not by midnight, but by sunset..and the first day of Ramadhan in Iceland came by the sunset last Saturday,September 23rd. But the fasting starts on September 24th in the morning. In Iceland, the fasting now starts around 4.30am until sunset (around 7.45pm).
Just 2 hours before Ramadhan came, i was still trying and trying......and trying.....to find if there's any place to pray Tarawih (extra praying in the night; only in Ramadhan) in Reykjavik. But my calls to the moslem place here were never picked up. I also felt that day was just as "Saturday, September 23rd", not as "1st of Ramadhan".
But around an hour or so before sunset, SUDDENLY somebody answered my call and told me a place where i can go to pray Tarawih everynight.
I had some fears in the last few days that I wont be able to "feel" Ramadhan like how I used to experience in the previous years because I'm "alone" this time.But when Ramadhan finally came, I realized that there are no differences...and by that, I mean I actually feel something extremely extremely different compared with how i felt just a few minutes before.Tear of joy, excited,happy,relieve....I just can't describe it. There are no words that can explain it, we need to invent the word first.
I went to the place in the night and met some people from Palestine, Syria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Iceland, and one Indonesian guy! :-) We prayed together and then sat down and talked for a while, drinking tea.
When i got back home, i started to think that the fact that I'm "alone" this Ramadhan might be better than ever. Because i could explore, reflect, and learn more about the meaning of this month and all its beautiful secrets, waiting to be revealed.
This month is a special month. It's NOT a month of not eating nor drinking during the day.
It's a month of full of reflection
It's a month to read and learn more about the Qur'an
It's a month of forgiveness
It's a month of hope
It's a month of passion
It's a month of caring
It's a month against all bad thoughts
It's a month to feed your soul even more
It's a month full of respect
It's a month when the first verse Qur'an was brought to The Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
It's a month to clean your soul
It's a month full of joy and happiness
It's a month full of humbleness
It's a month of gratefulness
It's a beautiful month.
Marhaban Ya Ramadhan...I hope your spirit will stay with me for the months after Ramadhan and for the rest of my life
"The most excellent struggle is that for the conquest of self"
- Prophet Muhammad (SAW) -