Ramadan in the West

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  1. Rita Alshoaibi

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    A new night
    beginning of the sacred month
    the thin slice of the crescent
    visible only a few minutes
    to the naked eye

    Awaiting the news, here, far away
    in a land pretentiously secular
    with In God We Trust
    visited only on Sunday

    Awaiting watching the Internet for the crescent news
    And some calls made
    , relatives far flung: Chicago, New York, London, Cologne
    Frankfurt and Los Angeles

    Yes! The crescent has been sighted! Ramadan Mubarak!
    Over miles and miles and miles of telephone lines

    The masjid schedule consulted, and alarm clock set.
    For the meal before first light

    Work the next day, same tempo, same schedule.
    The boss and co-workers say; "Oh, you're fasting?" "Why?"
    Unable to comprehend the beauty of a simple ritual:
    "Come, we're going to see a movie after work; we wont make you eat"(!)

    Going home, 1/2 hour before sunset
    from the 9-5 routine, never ending, never changing

    Arriving home, break fast with some friends
    meal cooked the night before.

    Remembrance of Ramadan in Karachi, Casablanca, Lahore, Cairo
    and all over the world

    Tears, and anger expressed today: Murder and slaughter on this day!
    Where Abraham (peace be upon him) lies!
    Martyrdom in a Holy month!
    On Holy land!

    And hope expressed: Our faith desecrated,
    but,
    fastest growing in America! and Germany
    A simple prayer; perhaps one day we will fast in San Francisco,
    as we fasted in Dhaka, Cairo, Lahore, Casablanca and Karachi

    And the fast is broken
    and later friends and family
    mill around, some .......
    others tired, angry, grieved
    and all somber
    on this day of Ramadan...
    Peace



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  3. عــاهد

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    Salam my best friend Rita.
    I'll tell you how islam here in New York is.
    Just wait after the headache is gone.

    I had really strong Shisha
    .
     
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  5. anti_propaganda

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    thnx for the nice words u shared with us

    beautiful as usual


    luvs
     
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  7. Rita Alshoaibi

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    ok ahad, now u headache must be gone -
    im waiting for the story.............................
     
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  9. Rita Alshoaibi

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    thanks a lot anti_propaganda
    for giving this nice feedback


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  11. عــاهد

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    Well, ok

    So, i'll tell you where do i go on Ramathan.

    If i was off from college i'd go to steinway, there are allot of Egyptians, Moroccans, well mostly African Arabs.
    I'd sometimes pray there Aisha and traweeh

    I also go to Jackson Heights, there i'd find allot of Pakistani, and Indian muslim friends.
    I'd pray Asser there.

    Now the place where i really like to go, Atlantic avenue, here is where all the yemenis are. Just like backhome.
    Here i'd come to eat because there are allot of yemeni restaurants. I'd bring foreign friends to try our yemeni food.
    And i also pray Aish and Traweeh, well beginning to:D.



    Now tell me what do you think about Ramathan in NY
    ?
     
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  13. Rita Alshoaibi

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    it sounds good,
    like in my mind i imagen a little like that in yemen

    here
    its so different
    because here are like no arabs - so u dont feel that
     
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  15. عــاهد

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    watch out i am writing, something now.
    you'll find out more!
     
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  17. زهرة الجبل

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    Hello Rita my dear friend, and everyone

    i've really enjoyed your article

    you know sis, the much you stand in the face of hardness of life , obstacles, loneliness
    the stronger you become, the trustful and confident you are

    So just look at it as a really good job u and all people who r far from home are attaining
    you're really brave people...keep it up forever and try pasting it to others who feel broken inside

    Thank you 4 sharing all nice things
    Be Happy friend

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  19. Rita Alshoaibi

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    im still waiting........................sitting here and waiting.................waiting for ahad.......................nothing happend....................maybe he fall in coma because of the shisha................and i will never hear his story


    :eek:
     

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