Another Ramadan is upon us.
Ramadan Mubarak to all.
May we each be blessed with the ability to engage in additional acts of worship and rendering of good deeds.
May we be blessed to be grateful for what we have and blessed to share with others who may have less.
May we smile at our brother and sister.
And our children.
May we be kinder, more compassionate, less thoughtless.
May we be more attuned to our Creator.
And to His revelation.
The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: We have been made to excel (other) people in three (things): Our rows have been made like the rows of the angels and the whole earth has been made a mosque for us, and its dust has been made a purifier for us in case water is not available.
So, from left to right (yes, I admit it, I forgot how to get text/captioning done on picmonkey) are beaches in Barbados, where you can pray in solitude or saffs, and purify in water:): Bathsheba Bay, Carlisle Bay (top & bottom images), Bathsheba again (top), and Little Bay (bottom right and visit HIS CREATION for the symphony of images from this bay)
He is the one who has set free the two kinds of water, one sweet and palatable, and the other salty and bitter. And He has made between them a barrier and a forbidding partition. (Quran, 25:53)
These are photos of Little Bay, St. Lucy in Barbados. I found a symphony within the breaking of the waves. You can’t see it, but there is an actual natural stage/amphitheatre of rock beneath those waters. All praise is due to Allah, the Creator.
This really follows on from by second to last post Beyond the vail. Some sisters in Barbados have launched Petition for Sisters’ Space, asking for support in the plea to those in control, to include within the construction and infrastructure of a proposed new masjid, a SPACE FOR SISTERS.
I invite you to check out the Petition and to read the comments, and to sign. The goal is for 1000 signatures, the 25% mark has just been reached. The phrasing of the appeal does convey a misconception, and perhaps should read ‘of the existing mosques in Barbados, three …….’ There are 6 congregational prayer spaces in Barbados, 5 of which have jummah salaah, and only 2 of which include sisters’ space. The misstatement in the petition has caused some caustic comments, but should not hinder you from supporting the effort by signing on, or by adding to your du’as a du’a that all masjids include spaces for sisters to attend and to pray.
As I think I have posted before, the masjid which is approximately 5 minutes away from my workplace has no allocated sisters’ space and I drive the 20 minutes or so to attend jummah at Masjid ibn Umar. This despite the recent reconstruction (practically in toto) of the masjid which is 5 minutes away – the one at which my husband prayed maghrib salaat, while I prayed on the grassy area in the car park opposite the masjid – the one, photos of which, along with the invitation to sisters to visit at specific times on two specific days to view, have reinforced for me that the world is my masjid.
On Saturday past, the Muslim community in Barbados celebrated Eid ul Fitr, and as with all Muslim communities, started the day with communal Eid salaah – the special two rakaah congregational prayers with additional takbeers and a khutbah. Some perform the Eid salaah outdoors, others indoors. In Barbados, there were three Eid gaahs – three outdoor congregations assembling for the performance of the Eid ul Fitr salaah. BH, BD, Youngest and I attended the one held at the Graeme Hall Bird Sanctuary. It was indeed a sanctuary of serenity. We prayed on the Lakeside Lawn surrounded by the greatest landscaper and outdoor designer there is – Allah, swt, whose greenery cocooned us on all sides save the lake, shaded by clumps of bamboo and mangrove, soundproofed by shrubbery. Post-salaah, we lingered, shared, lingered some more. These are some of the photos taken, and I hope you sense at least a scintilla of the serenity which we experienced and which preceded a peaceful and very enjoyable Eid weekend.
The Graeme Hall Sanctuary is a Wetland. See the following article: Thoughts on Graeme Hall Wetland for a better description of what it was and what it is.
This is a sampling of others’ sweet treats, with the exception of the cones, which was all ours! Enjoy the eye-candy without the calories!
Unfortunately, the phone pix of the box cards was sucky, so here is the text only of what was in the boxes:
cream soda toffee cupcake
marshmallow peppermint cupcake
carrot cake cupcake
orange soda & chocolate cupcake
ganache filled mud volcano cupcake
The majority of the visible muslim community in Barbados have one culture in common, and it translates to dress and culinary arts. At Eid time, sweetmeat plates abound, and are shared, in all colours, flavours, seeming intricacies, the jealously guarded recipes.
You all know that BD loves baking. Last year, she joined the bandwagon in her own inimitable style (with lots of kitchen & packing assistance from Number One Son and me). This year, she went all cupcakes. With no kitchen assistance, and only some packing assistance (especially as Number One Son was out of island).
I was supposed to post on Friday, but was caught up in all of the last minute (thank God that there was one more day before Eid) hoorah. So, as a teaser, here are the ingredients of one of the cupcakes. Can you guess what it became?
BD spent 4 days at an Artisan Baking class at PomMarine Hotel (Hospitality Institute) along with 10 others under the tutelage of Chef Gary Goldsmith & Chef Toni Simpson. Above are the products of what the trainee chefs produced – croissants, pain aux raisin, pain au chocolat, chelsea buns, baguettes, eclairs, sweet dough and sourdough breads, Paris brest. (And if you can’t tell, I’ve discovered picmonkey!!)