Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 6:29 ( 4:29 GMT )
Eid Elfitr is the celebration that occurs after a month of fasting and the translation is the breaking of the fast celebration. The feast itself starts with a very early Eid prayer in the Mosque. Chanting in mosques of (Allahhuakbar Wa Lilah Alhamd) God is great and praise is to Allah will echo all over Libya, indeed all over the Muslim world.
Ramadan is perceived in thirds or ten-day intervals both from a religious point view and a materialistic point of view. Religiously speaking for Muslims the month of Ramadan is thought of as a chance at redemption from a year’s worth of sins.
I love the spiritual side of Ramadan in London,” Houda Mizioudet from Tunisia who is holidaying in London told The Tripoli Post. I don’t like Ramadan in Tunisia. I love the cosmopolitan side of London. You go to different London mosques. In any London mosque you find people from all over the world. It is like a microcosm [of the Muslim world.]
Every Saturday during Ramadan London’s Libyan community has been hiring the Pakistani mosque and community centre in Willesden Green, North London for iftar, prayers and meetings. The young men enjoy a game of table tennis before and after prayers while the older men joked as they sat outside the prayer room on the warm summer evening.
The 20th of Ramadan is a very important date on the Muslim calendar. It’s a day that commemorates the return of the prophet (PBUH) to Mecca as a conquerer after he and his followers were hounded until they had to escape to Al Madina Almunawra.
Now that Libya is starting afresh with its new developing system, many new updates pop up everyday when it comes to street life! On my way home from work or classes, I always have the urge to go out and eat, not spend my whole evening cooking and doing dishes afterwards. That gets old after a few nights, plus the food loses its value of taste when you are over exhausted. Some suggestions for when one wants to eat out in Tripoli.
If we were to picture the Libyan Lifestyle as a human, then the Libyan women would probably be its spine that coordinates every little detail of its being but that is during the rest of the year because in Ramadan Libyan women become, super women.
As many would acknowledge, in a country in times of rapid change and delicate transitional periods the choices we make now, the quick decisions that may seem to produce unbounded positive effects, will irrevocably effect our future, and only time will tell whether these impacts are for better or for worse.
A few days ago Libya signed a cooperation agreement with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) at its headquarters in Paris on the establishment of a programme aimed at protecting the cultural heritage in Libya.
Ramadan is a magical time for all children because during it, all the rules are broken, bedtimes are changed, waking up late is permitted and play time is extended to include the evenings.
It’s a standard joke in Libya that on any given Ramadan afternoon you could sell a Libyan man any food stuff. A combination of hunger and idleness will make a man buy all of sorts of useless things, that in normal circumstances they would never even contemplate buying.
After breaking your fast by eating three dates, which is followed by the Maghreb (sunset) prayer it is advised that you drink water and have soup to rehydrate your body after the thirst of a whole day without drinking and eating.
Fasting in Islam is the abstinence from food, drink, intimacy or smoking, from sunrise to sunset. Although Muslims can fast any time of the year , every able Muslim is required to fast one month of the yea in particular. This is the month of Ramadan.
If ever Libya entertained any hope of winning its first medal in an Olympic Gmes, then London 2012 was it. This could have been achieved through 24-year-old 400 metres runner Mohamed Ashour Khawaja, winner of gold medals in the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy, and the African Athletic Championships in Nairobi, Kenya in 2010. But our hopes have been dashed as Khawaja is not even in the Libyan team to go to the Olympic Games that start on July 27.
Almost Dawn in Libya, a collaborative project for which eight photographers raised money for four simultaneous Libyan exhibitions of photographs from the country’s conflict reached its fundraising goal of $40,000 and will be completed in the next few weeks. The exhibition will be showing in four Libyan cities starting July 1.
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