Thursday, 11 October 2007


Every Muslim has the obligation to give a part of his/her money to someone who's poorer before Ramadan is over. It is one of the 5 pillars of islam (the other ones being: profession of faith, pray 5 times a day, go on pilgrimage to Mecca at least once if you can afford it and fasting during ramadan).

For the past years we give our money to my husband's uncle. He is the oldest member of the family and also the poorest. But he's the one who always worries about everyone else and goes to visit, in spite of being ill and old. We always celebrate Eid at his place because he really enjoys being surrounded by family and friends. So giving alms to him is the natural choice I think.

We still don't know when Eid will start but probably on Saturday or Sunday. It's going to be a short holiday this year because on Monday it will be "business as usual". Normally the kids have 3 days of holiday because that's how long the Eid lasts but not this year. Eid is a nice holiday: 3 days of visiting family and friends, having lots of cookies, sweets and tea. Just a few days left now.....