I fasted today!
I went out.
Recluse that I am…went out to socialize.
After muttering about not knowing anybody etc etc (silly me! it’s an event…you come whatever).
Bump into one undergrad friend who I haven’t seen in aeons and two more appear behind her/me who I’ve seen in about a year.
Being the daughter of an Imam has some…negatives, shall we say.
In Ramadan, there is a special night prayer. It’s optional but very beneficial. After Isha (the last prayer of the night), but before Witr (an optional but strongly strongly strongly encouraged prayer that’s done after Isha), one prays Tarawih. The prophet used to pray eight rakaat (it’s how we count how much times we go up/down etc) in twos. I think it might have been Umar who started praying 20 in twos (I can’t recall. I could search. I’m dead beat and have another search lined up).
There is a hadith that says whoever prays Isha, Tarawih and Witr all with the Imam it is as if they prayed all night long. So, Ramadan is more than just not eating. There’s a lot of blessings and forgiveness and prayers to be had if you make the time. I’m trying my best this year to pray all I can.
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