Today is the first day of Ramadan. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month where we practice self control, devote more time to prayer, reflect on the many blessings from Allah and give thanks. We do this by fasting for 30 consecutive days. We start by waking in the middle of the night before dawn to eat a meal called 'sehori' to help sustain us through the day and break our fast with preferably a date at dusk called 'iftaar' which in the long summer months is going to be somewhere around 8:25pm.. yikes! Back in Pakistan we would congregate at the masjid at this time, it was always a fun daily social gathering with the perfect balance of prayers, catching up with people and food :) But it is harder to replicate the atmosphere here.. our masjid is about an hour away and M works an hour away from home so with the commute it often becomes difficult to go to the masjid every night.. so we stay at home and make the most of it trying not to miss 'home' and family too much. And on the weekends and more auspicious nights we go to the masjid and it feels for a brief moment that we are back home. In celebration of this month I thought I'd feature some Muslim artisans or artisans creating Islamic pieces.
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