En el nombre de Dios, el Compasivo, el Misericordioso
As salam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu
Ramadan is once again upon us. Alhamdulillah ( All praise to Allah, Todos las alabanzas pertenecen a Dios). And thus far it has been a magical moment.
This year my family and I climbed Stone Mountain ( you can read about the park here —insert link) with a group of other muslims to search for the night sky for the Hilal or new moon. In Islam our calendar is based on a lunar cycle. The New moon signals the start of a new month.
It was important for us to get to the top of the mountain before the sun begins to set. So my kids made it up there in a pinch. Unfortunately, It took me some time but I made it. About half way up I took this picture of the city. It’s so beautiful up there. Masha Allah.
When we finally made it to the top we where able to rest and watch the sun go down. It was so beautiful to see the sun sink below the city sky line. As the sun set, we became eager to spot the moon. Unfortunately, there were some clouds there so honestly we where not sure we would see the new moon. But we all stayed just in cased. As the sun dipped away, the sky began to get dark. We needed to pray Maghrib, but we also wanted to spot the moon. One brother there thought he saw it between the clouds. It turned out to be a plane or something. We did not get discouraged though. Someone suggested we pray maghrib and maybe we will see it after Maghrib.
Subhan ALLAH after prayer, the clouds cleared and we where able to spot the tine sliver of the moon! I wanted to cry. It was the most amazing sight. We as Muslims always speak about the Sunnah and how we should follow it. To be there that night and see this part of the Sunnah come alive was amazing.
Upon seeing the new moon, the month of Ramadan has begun. In Islam the new day starts after maghrib. Which means the first night of Tawarih was Fri night.
My family and I hurried down the mountain and quickly as possible in the dark with our flash lights. When we got home we prepped for morning breakfast (suhoor) and I went to the masjid for prayer.
As I pulled up to the masjid I felt so excited to see people lining up for prayer. It seemed as though the mosques were so empty for so long and all of a sudden they came alive. As I greeted sisters I have not seen for a while. I could definetly feel the sprit of Ramadan in my heart and soul.
First day of Ramadan
Alhamdulillah ( Todos las alabanzas pertenecen a Dios) the first day was a good day. We as a family woke up and ate breakfast together. We start our day off with a small breakfast and lots of fluids. After suhoor we pray our Fajr prayer ( which is the morning prayer and the 1st prayer we make). Afterwards, you can lay back down or begin your day.
At sunset, which is Maghrib prayer, we are able to break our fast and begin eating again. Today we broke our fast at the Masjid ( Mezquita). With a small meal, fruits, dates and water. It was nice to see familiar people and enjoy the company of friends and family. And together we end our day of fasint with Isha prayer (night prayer) then Tawarih prayer, which is the prayer after Isha during ramadan( I will write in detail about that later).
All in all , today was a good day. Allah has allowed us to see the new day and to worship him.
Thank you for sharing this day with me and I hope you had a successful first day as well.
Until tomorrow have a good night
ALMA-Asociacion Latina Musulmana de Atlanta