Ramadan Kareem. Keluarga Wahyu extend warm wishes on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan.
SALAM: Ramadan in Qatar
Web posted at: 8/20/2009 23:18:22
Source ::: The Peninsula
In Qatar, Ramadan is a mixture of religion and tradition. Before Ramadan the malls are filled with people who are shopping ahead of time, storing up for the coming month; women make food with their secret combination of spices as well their own recipes which they distribute to their family and friends.
Ramadan in Qatar is very friendly and lovely. The working hours are reduced; retail offers on food and drinks increase; and everyone wants to help you in order to get extra reward from the Lord of the Worlds. Muslims will strive harder to do good, aiming to make a really positive change in their behaviour and become better Muslims not only in this blessed month but for the months and years ahead.
Qataris feel the spirit of Ramadan and relive their traditions. They break their fast with water, yoghurt and a few dates; they do this as the prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him did. After the sunset prayer they will eat their favourite dishes like Haris (the main dish in Qatar), which consists of mashed wheat and mashed meat mixed with crushed cinnamon. Also on the menu will be Tharied, which is a meat and vegetable broth mixed with bread pieces – this dish was a favourite of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (PBUH).
Qataris have sweets and drink tea after Iftar. The most popular sweet is Al Mahalabi, which is made of milk, rice, saffron and cardamom, but Mathroba and Lughaimat are also enjoyed. After Iftar, men and women go for Tarawih prayer – a voluntary prayer performed in addition to the obligatory 5 daily prayers wherein, during the course of Ramadan, the whole Quran will be recited. Afterwards the congregation will disperse, women gathering in groups at home chatting and talking religion, men going to the Majlis (traditional guestroom) and staying awake until Suhur (meal before fasting) time chatting, eating Mohammar (fried fish with rice cooked with sugar), Haris and Mathroba. In the night, before Imsak (the time that people have to stop eating), a man known as the Musaharati, bangs a big drum to wake people up in order to have the Suhur.
Ramadan is not only a time of fasting and eating but a spiritual time in which the Muslims should set right their affairs with each other in order to obtain the reward of the fasting; as well as ask Allah for His forgiveness and mercy and the good things of this life and the Hereafter.
Qataris, especially the Royal family and the rich, make Mawa’d Al Rahman, – iftar banquets for the poor. Not only do they offer food but clothes and gifts too. Every good deed, Muslims believe, is rewarded 10 to 700 times but more so in Ramadan.
Neighbours visit each other before Iftar and most of them send each other dishes of their cooking. Muslims believe that if someone feeds a fasting person at the time of breaking the fast he/she will be rewarded just as the fasting people