Ramadan Newbie

I am so excited! My first Ramadan is just around the corner.

I must admit though, I really have no idea what I am doing. As usual, I am flying by the seat of my pants – or abaya in this case.

I have been reading blogs on Ramadan (thank you fellow bloggers!), reviewing advice from Productive Muslim, and asking lots of questions.

I think I have the basics of fasting, prayer, and how it fits together during Ramadan. I figure if I can get the basics right that will be a great first Ramadan.

However, I don’t have any Muslim friends who live in the town where I live and I don’t have a local Mosque. (I realize this sounds odd in this day and age, but what can I say — where I live is not the most Muslim-friendly environment and my German is very limited.)

The thought of spending my first Ramadan all by myself in my apartment is too depressing. I realize this should be a time of self-reflection – and what better way to self reflect than when you are alone – but I also want to experience the traditions of Ramadan with others.

So, I’ve decided to spend the first half of Ramadan in Dubai. The days are shorter in Dubai than where I live, and the hotel where I am staying will provide Iftar and Suhoor. I’ve also been connected with friends of friends in Dubai for which I am very grateful.

I am looking forward to going to Mosque every day, sharing Suhoor and Iftar with others, wearing hijab (learning to embrace my inner Olga), and reading the Qur’an and books on Islam as well as studying my Arabic.

And I have to admit that I am also looking forward to shopping in the fabulous Malls that are nearby to explore Muslimah fashion.

I will post how my first Ramadan goes and I would love to hear from all of you how you are spending Ramadan – be it your first of fiftieth.

Ramadan Mubarak

9 responses

  1. Ramadan Mubarak? Sister, I would dream of going to Dubai for 2 weeks during Ramadan! I hope that you will enjoy your time there. It sounds like it will be fabulous. What about hotels? Are the meals included in the cost?

  2. Oops sorry that last comment of mine said Ramadan Mubarak with a question mark!! haha meant to have an exclamation mark 😉

  3. Great post!!! i really enjoyed it. its so great to hear about your preparations for your first Ramadan!!!…Even being just a (new) reader, i feel so excited on your behalf lol. Ramadan Kareem, May Allah shower you with blessings and mercy. Ameen.

  4. Alhamdulillah that is so amazing California! I bet it’s going to be an awesome time. This will be my first Ramadan too, I can’t wait to hear how yours goes, we will have to keep in touch. I can’t imagine a better place to experience it than Dubai, it seems like such a beautiful, lovely place! Best of luck xoxo

  5. Mashallah Sister on the 1st Ramadhan of your honorable journey. May the Grandeur of this Glorious month and its Infinite Mercies that God Almighty has blessed it with – be showered upon you.
    Indeed Dubai is one excellent place to be – actually anytime of the year. During Ramadhan loads of social activities take place from Sundown onwards,. Spiritually there is the Taraweeh that one can hear from every mosque – small or big. But this is just about what one sees on the out.

    We come from an Asian background and attend lectures/sermons in Islamic centres – but most of them are in our regional language (urdu). A routine if one attends the mosque is – Congregation prayers, Iftar, Quran recitations by attendees, supplications and finally a 30 minute lecture.

    We as a family normally spend our time in the recitation of the Holy Quran alongside its translation and commentary after Iftar and the regular prayers and then try to hear at least one discourse that lifts us spiritually – either in the Islamic centre or on the internet.

    Due to our vast social circle we enjoy, invitations of family and friends will start for Iftar – hence it becomes one great reason to socialise too at each other’s house.
    Downside being – one ends up eating too much 🙂

    Was salaam alaykum

    Hasnain

  6. MashAllah. I am glad you decided on the Dubai trip. InshaAllah you enjoyed yourself there and made the most of it. It is a bit lonely to spend it with an unsupportive non practicing community, or no community at all. Try to add little things to your time to make it special for you. Its like building new holiday memories. I have a long standing memory of breaking my fast and then having a cup of milk with rooh afza ( a rose like flavored syrup from pakistan), kinda like strawberry milk. Even if its not ramadan and I have a cup of this, I am transported back. Its little things that add up to the bigger things. 🙂

    In the UK they have an organization called Solace. http://www.solaceuk.org/
    Perhaps there are others, in other countries as well.

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