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Brotherhood… and sisterhood

At last my darling girl is feeling better, and the weather has lost its icy grip. Its still cold, but manageable. So, last night, after Iftaar, we all bundled up in jackets (2 jackets for Little Miss) and headed off for Taraweeh solaah as a family. I was very excited as this was my first Taraweeh in the musjid this year! 

Unfortunately, as mentioned in previous posts, there aren’t many muslims where we live, so have to travel quite a distance to the nearest musjid. On the drive over, we listened to beautiful Qiraat recitation, and the kids noticed the brightness of the moon, and commented on how the shape had changed since the night we had first welcomed Ramadaan. 

When we reached the musjid, Alhamdulillah, the car park was almost full. We walked into the musjid together, and then Husband and Little Man went to the mens area, while Little Miss and I walked up a flight of stairs to the ladies prayer section. We had with us a little bag full of toys, a bottle of water, and a little container of snacks… I hoped this would be enough to keep her occupied and more importantly quiet during salaah. 

The musjid was quite full, and the atmosphere was beautiful. We were greeted with smiles and salaam. A few other mums with young kids were present, and while there were quite a few kids, it seems most were regular attendees of the musjid and aware of musjid etiquette, and were relatively well-behaved. About halfway through the Taraweeh, most of the snacks had been finished, the little ones had lost interest in the toys that were strewn about the carpet,and most were sprawled about fast asleep. The silence of my own sujood, was interspersed with a light snoring sound from Little Miss. One can only imagine the sweetness of those dreams, in a musjid, with Quraan being recited. 

At the end of salaah, I once again made salaam with my sisters in faith, and left the musjid feeling happy, content! That bond of unity, of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a seeming stranger, reminded me (as it always does, when I make salaah in congregation) of the way I felt when we performed Hajj.

Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin Umar: Allah’s Apostle said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.” (Bukhari) 

Nowhere is this brotherhood, or in my case, sisterhood, more strongly felt than in the musjid, united in worship. 

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