Day #12 Ramadhan in Seoul

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Alhamdulillah. On the way to Ramadhan 13th. Almost half of Ramadhan. Ya Alloh, please give us strength to finish this Ramadhan and give us chance to meet Ramadhan in next year.

رُبَّ صَائِمٍ حَظُّهُ مِنْ صِيَامِهِ الجُوْعُ وَالعَطَشُ

“How many people fasting but they don’t get anything from their fasting except hunger and thirst.”

HR. Ath Thobroniy in Al Kabir

Ramadhan is a very special month for muslims. That’s why, many of them will choose to focus to improve their personality in this month. Month of upgrading. I’m little bit surprised and sad when I know my non-muslim friends only know that fasting is all about not eating and drinking. Fasting is more than that. For the one who only do fasting by avoiding eating and drinking, that’s the lowest level of fasting. Continue reading

Day #10 and #11 Ramadhan in Seoul

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Ramadhan day 10. We had iftar together in Embassy of Republic of Indonesia office. Alhamdulillah, free foods and the most important thing was there were so many Indonesian food served. Another heaven for us who are yearning for home. I met some friends from other universities. Though the place of the office is quite far from my university, but it’s worth. The embassy provided talk related to nationality and another short talk related to Islam. Below some pics we took there.

Ramadhan day 10. MashaaAlloh, Continue reading

Day #7, #8, #9 Ramadhan in Seoul

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Assalamu’alaikum Warohmatulloh Wabarokatuh.

Alhamdulillah, we are still in healthy condition to fast in Ramadhan. In Ramadhan, many good things we can do. One of them is to apologize and to ask forgiveness from other people and from Alloh. This month also can be used to train our sincerity in doing anything, everything. By forgiving others and apologizing to others, we will be avoided from badness of getting angry or even talking behind someone. Continue reading

Day #5 and #6 Ramadhan in Seoul

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Alhamdulillah. Ramadhan day 5. It seems that the time goes so fast. One sixth of Ramadhan has been passed. Hope we didn’t dissipate every second we have in this month. Iftar. We do fasting from our first prayer time (before sunrise) until sunset. Iftar is meal to break our fasting at sunset. Unfortunately, the schedule for dinner in canteen is not in the same time, even not closed to sunset. The good thing is because we need to cook by ourselves, I think we can be the next candidate of master chef Indonesia :mregreen: .

مَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِهِ غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ لاَ يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَجْرِ الصَّائِمِ شَيْئًا

If a person gives iftar to a fasting person in this month, his sins will be forgiven. And he will be given as many rewards as has that fasting person.

Some of my friends are good cooks. With our limited skill in cooking, we tried to cook every day for iftar and sahoor. Continue reading

Day #4 Ramadhan in Seoul

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Tarawih prayer is night prayer in Ramadhan. Some will do 11 rak’ah (8 rak’ah tarawih prayer and 3 rak’ah witr prayer), another will do 23 (20 rak’ah tarawih prayer and 3 rak’ah witr prayer). It will take around 45 minutes to 1 hour to finish this prayer. It’s recommended to do this prayer together (we called it as jama’ah). There are 3 virtues of tarawih prayer:

1. Gaining His pardon

From Abu Hurairah, Rasullullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa salam said,

مَنْ قَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ

“Whoever did qiyam Ramadan (tarawih) because of faith and seeking reward, then his sins in the past will be forgiven. “(HR. Bukhari no. 37 and Muslim no. 759).

2. Tarawih prayer with imam is like night prayer full night Continue reading

Day #3 Ramadhan in Seoul

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And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Ramadhan is good month to do prayer. We have many times to pray in this special month. Allah gives us multiple rewards in Ramadhan and many blessings. Reading Qur’an more, doing sunnah prayer, serving people who are fasting, doing good things, and still many things. Hope we will not dissipate this Ramadhan.

Day 3, Ramadhan in Seoul, Alhamdulillah, we still keep our excitement. Slowly but sure, many muslims want to improve their faith to Islam, including me. But, I believe, my friends also are really struggling to keep the excitement of Ramadhan here, because no support from environment. May Allah always gives us strength to do and finish Ramadhan better.

And that was cute story, when one of my Vietnamese friends said, Continue reading

Day #2 Ramadhan in Seoul

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Reducing my listening to music. It affects my life much. Well, I’m still listening to some musics but rarely. One friend ever shared a post that said “Qur’an and music never stay in same heart.” I’m not strict muslim, but if I find comfort of what I’m doing, I will try to do it more (I mean only for good things :mregreen: ). In Seoul, especially in place I’m living in, I never heard adzan or murrotal, except from my phone and fortunately I have so many Saudi Arabia neighbors. And do you believe? Every time I passed their room, I often heard murrotal. Mashaa Alloh. It’s too different to me, as beginner muslim. Continue reading