Day one of Ramadan in England has been cold! but refreshing. The only moon I saw was this lemony flavoured one, a fat crescent in the late maghrib sky. Khayr, this is what we've been up to during our first fast.
Reading Ramadan Du`a 1:
I have memorised this du`a which is Prophet Ibrahim's prayer, `alayhis-salam, to Allah. Carrying dhikr-beads in my pocket has helped me continuously repeat the prayer and I've taught it to others, which may just count as a good deed for the day.
Rabbana taqabbal minna, innaka antas-sami`ul `alim. (Qur'an, 2:127)
We made gingerbread heart cookies for iftar gifts and now I'm on dessert duty, since all our other jobs have been (mostly) done. We have no dates today so as an alternative I'm making four fruit and nut parcels and chocolate coated 'rocky road' bars to break our fast with. Salsabeel, my beautiful sister, is making 'fruit-kebabs' by pushing cherries, melon and apples onto skewers. Fortunately, my siblings and I are at an age where we can resist our hunger pangs and thirst by playing Qur'an and du`a games while preparing the food.
Today's fast in Yorkshire, England opens at 9:24pm, local time.
Ramadan Mubarak and chocolate covered salamings,
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