Ramadan in Kuwait

Compiled by Dwiti Ponda, IIK Young Reporter
Monday, May 22, 2017
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Ramadan holds a unique position in the hearts and minds of our community. Ramadan in Kuwait has its own set of customs and rituals kept alive by the people. The Kuwaiti people evoke the past with all its beautiful details from traditional costumes and dishes, to the special Ramadan celebration held .Several Kuwaiti families continue with the custom of organizing these celebration during this month, because of their delightful effect on the young and the adults alike. In spite of progress of life and civilization, these Ramadan related customs maintain their inherent traditional color.

Numerous traditions have become very different from the past, as most of new generation does not know anything about the customs of past, they are now reduced to sweet memories. Although some rituals are followed accurately.

Here are some of the terms related to Ramadan

The day of Al-Kareesh -This day was designated for the last day before Ramadan, it is the day when whole family would meet for lunch before they start fasting. The next day, they would all waiting for the sound of cannon to announce the time of breaking fast .On this day an elaborate lunch is prepared and all family members would meet for the last meeting for lunch before Ramadan.

Abu Tabeelah (the man of the drum)-This was the person who awake the people to have Suhoor (the pre dawn meal before the day break) every night and moving around the neighborhood saying ,there is no god except Allah, ,Muhammad is the messenger ,to motivate people to wake up and have their Suhoor. Some of the traditional dishes served at this time are All Harees and At Tashreeb and so on.

The night of Al –Qadr-Night of Al-Qadr has special place in the heart of the Kuwaiti people. Thousands of them gather in the masjid to supplicate Allah the Almighty to drive away their worries and grief to safe guard their country from evils .This is 28th night of Ramadan to be spent it worshiping Allah, The Almighty.

I'tikaaf- I'tiaaf is the distinct practice that take place in most mosques during the blessed month of Ramadan where people leave everything behind ,abandon the comfort they enjoy at home and reside in the mosque in order to devote and dedicate themselves for worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan.

Meals during Ramadan: The Kuwaiti table is full of various dishes during these days. Some of the dishes found at every meal is Al-Harees. It is made of mashed meat with meat, to go with mixture if sugar and clarified butter with ground cinnbbbamon is added before serving it. Another popular dish served at Iftar is At-Tashreeb, which is yeast bread cut into small pieces, with gravy containing gourd, potatoes and dry lemons. This dish is easily made and easily digested and has delicious taste.

Special sweets made during month of Ramadan: Laqmat Al-Qaadi, which is made if milk ,cardamom,butter,safferon and fermented dough cut into small bite size balls, fried in boiling fat until they redden ,then placed in sugar syrup. The sweets in Ramadan are tempting due to its rich Aroma of saffron and cinnamon. These sweets are accompanied with popular snacks like Al-Bajillah, An-Nakh-khi,Al-Mehallabeyah,Khubz Ar-Ruquaaq .

Many mosques around Kuwait distributes the Iftaar meal, throughout the month and particularly during last ten days of Ramadan.

The Restaurants in Kuwait offers sumptuous Iftar and Suhoor buffets. If one can't afford the hotel buffets, there are dozens of tents set up by private business and charity organisation to provide meals for low income fasters. One can pray at any mosque regardless of nationality or age. The Iftar cannon in Kuwait city is the fire that announces the breaking of the fast .

Every single company or organization in Kuwait hosts a Ramadan ghabqa for their staff and give away fun prizes including flights, electronics and other gifts. Working hours are shorten during this holy month allows one to spend more time with family, visiting friend and praying the Almighty. Everyone is required to fast in public this means that help us to remember those who live in poverty and other millions of refugees all around the world who do not know when they will get their next meal. We all should remember their suffering and do what we can to help.

Ramadan month is followed by wonderful celebration of eid UK fitr, which is marked by prayer at mosque and wishing each other Eid Mubarak .People listen to Khutba and give Zakat all fitr (charity in the form of food).

Muslims believe this is when the Holy Quran was “sent down from Heaven, guidance unto men”. Many people also believe that this month of fasting brings a better change into a person and makes him a better muslim.

We all are enthusiastically waiting for the month of celebration and prayers. Let us all irrespective of cast, gender, creed, race, etc. sit together and celebrate the fabulous Ramadan. The Muslims, all over the world, celebrate it with great pomp and show, zeal and gusto. It teaches us to think of all men as brothers. They shed all their bad virtues such as lying, greediness, selfishness and laziness - living up to the true ideals of Islam. It exhorts us to bid goodbye to hatred, jealousy and enmity and bring in an era of love, sympathy and brotherhood. It also helps increase the bond between families. Ramadan is about getting things that we can't see but can perceive with our hearts and minds.

Ramadan Kareem to all.

Reference: http://fatwa.islamweb.net

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Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautifully written,
Ramadan Kareem to all.

I may travel to Kuwait next week for two three weeks from KSA, can anyone help me to find a good
Hyderabadi restaurant in sharq area for sahoor and iftaar.

Jazak Allahu Khairan..

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017

Nicely written Dwiti !!! Enjoyed reading how Ramadan is celebrated in Kuwait by Kuwaities. Good work dear.

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017

Good writing with new thought

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