Friday, September 22

Ramadhan Starts

In what is a pretty surprising move, London Central Mosque (also known as Regent's Park Mosque) has announced the start of Ramadhan tonight. I must say I was kinda caught out, but not as much as the friends and family who had already made plans for their Friday night. So yes, the month full of fasting and nightly slogs, erm, I mean, Tarawih prayer begins.

I just realised that I was heading off for Umrah this time last year. That was an interesting Ramadhan, and I can't believe the next one is here already. I think Ramadhan is one of those things that really make you realise how fast time flies. And the amazing thing is that, unlike other celebrations (Islamic or not), it lasts a whole month. That's a twelfth of the year, and after a long enough while, a twelfth of your life. That's pretty sizable if you think about it.

A more regular fasting period for me then? Well not quite since due to a surplus of holiday time, I plan on taking half of it off work. That's something I've never done before, and I can't remember the last time I fasted without work or school to distract me. I wonder how it'll pan out? I guess I'll see in a month's time.

Ramadhan Mubarak!

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