Sunday, June 26, 2016

How tough are your fasting days?

These newly bought cute postcards at Posnesia (an online postcards seller) make my heart feeling warm. Fasting month was still in the half beginning while I sent them to my friends. 

This picture is belong to Posnesia

I only considered if I send the postcards later, maybe they will arrive long after Eid Fitr lasts. So better for me to send them early, right? So I ordered the postcards early too in order to send them immediately. Most of the cards were sent abroad for my friends who celebrate Eid overseas.


I want to tell you something, my dearest friends. Every time receiving a postcard I always feel the warmth of friendship represented by nice messages via personal handwriting of the sender. Therefore, I also want my friends who are living far away feel the same sense of friendship although we are separated thousands of miles away.

Many friends of mine told me they got longer time of fasting abroad. The imsyak came early and the iftar went late. It is contrary with fasting situation in Indonesia. In overseas, moslems are minority while they do fasting, also the long duration of fasting forces them to strengthen their  mental and physical endurance.

Shall we compare above situation with what happened in Indonesia? We got normal time of fasting, only about 13 hours, and still there are many people complaining on how hot the weather here so they are not strong enough to do fasting.


Do my friends abroad miss sound of adzan there? I'm sure this typical sounds will always be missed. The special atmosphere full of adzan and people reading Qur'an is something rarely happens abroad, especially in country with moslems as minority.

Here in Java and areas with moslems as majority, the call to pray and the verses of the holy Qur'an will be heard everywhere. Sometimes we ourselves do not notice it and just think it as a usual thing. It is of course different from those who are currently fasting in other continents such as Europe and America. It will be the most beautiful gift for them if they could hear the call to pray there.

I have a good friend who lives with her husband in United Kingdom. I ever asked her how she do her pray during her busy work and study. As moslems are minority there, of course, it won't be easy to find places for worship such as in Indonesia. In Indonesia we can find mosque and mushola everywhere easily. So she just rolls her pray rug out anywhere as long as the place is clean. Sure, there will be many people staring at her while she's praying.

Do you feel it's something wrong while looking at how less people attending tarawih prayer at  mosques lately? I do not mean to insinuate any party, I just want to tell how sad I am every time find out less rows of tarawih prayers at the mosque day by day. Here in Indonesia we can easily find mosque everywhere, but still many mosques missed the presence of their faithful visitors.

I hope this case is only happened in few places. I am optimistic there are still many mosques filled with moslems doing i'tikaf, praying, reading holy Qur'an and asking for God's compassion.

How is your fasting in these ten days ahead, my dear friends?


21 comments:

  1. I have a good friend who lives in Norwegia. They are miss with the fasting in the country. So many mosque to prayer :)

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    1. Sure, Mba, Indonesia is really heaven for fasting circumstance. Luv luv Indonesia :*

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  2. I heard that in Russia moslems have to fast 20 hours. Cant imagine if we face the same thing. So far my fasting is fine alhamdhulilah yet i miss the warmness of shalat taraweh at the mosque mbak since i always feel very weak after iftar and so i have to do it at home

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    1. Take care Dekmun, have blessed fasting days for you and your family :*

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  3. Postcards!
    They really drive me crazy. I remember the days when I used to sending postcard to a friend of mine in Canada. She adored Indonesian postcards as much as I adored hers. Yes, a personal touch from our handwriting is truly priceless.
    Anyway, hopefully, there will be many Indonesian muslims become more grateful with wonderful Ramadan atmosphere in this country.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Ramadan atmosphere in my home always like usual, but getting different with some of my neighbors
    Many of them are not fasting anymore

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    1. Oh really? Don't bother them, Amma, just do your fast well.

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  5. Perjuangan saudara-saudara kita di luar sana memang berat ya Mbak, sudah durasinya lama trus juga banyak yang minoritas. Semoga mereka selalu diberi kekuatan menjalankan puasa dan ini jadi pengingat bagi kita di Indonesia yang puasanya lebih ringan perjuangannya.

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    1. Betul, Ihwan, jadi peringan hati kita juga ya yg tinggal di Indonesia untuk tidak banyak2 mengeluh.

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  6. Kartu posnya cantik cantik ih..

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  7. Kartu lebaran.. that was a sweetest moment that i missed from my childhood... :)

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  8. Just next to Batam, In Singapore, where is the home and the land of Malayan, the sound of adzan is very very rare.

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    1. So I'm not wrong if I say Indonesia is heaven for moslem to do fasting, ya Mba?

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    2. In Singapore, the only adzan can be heard from Mesjid Sultan Mbak Lina W. Sasmita. But the sound is so small, even staying just 3 houses from the mosque, I didn't hear it. At that time, I really missed Indonesia.

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  9. It's been great reading this nice post. Very well said, Mak. Yes, we have to thank more and complain less since we are much luckier than our fellow Muslims in some other countries in terms of fasting duration and atmosphere.

    By the way, I think it would be more appropriate to use 'are' instead of 'is' in your title because it refers to 'days' in plural.

    But overall, you've done awesome! Keep writing in English and thanks a lot for sharing.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your correction, my brother, I'll try to correct it without changing the url already submitted :)

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  10. semoga dengan kemudahan2 yang diberikan Allah, hidup di indonesia ini mjdkan kita "tidak biasa" untuk melalui semua nya yaa mba uniek, semakin tambah syukur dan amal sebagai wujud syukur kita..Aamiin

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  11. I like your post card,
    so pretty
    as always I love Ramadhan in anywhere insya allah

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  12. Love the postcard. But nowadays, it is very rare to see postcard everywhere. People just send through sms or medsos.

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    1. There are still many people exchanging postcards all around the world, dear. It's not about sending the message itself, but more to enjoy uniqueness of friendship ;)

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  13. We are lucky because of having the duration time of fasting shorter than the our Moslem friends living abroad.

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