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Today is the first week of Ramadhan. Everyday, we went to masjid for breaking our fasting and salah in jam'ah (together). I didn't see any Indonesian Muslim in this masjid. I think they are only want to go to masjid where are all Indonesian, such as having gathering in one of Indonesian Muslim house or going to Al Hikmah Masjid in Queens, New York. Most of the time, we went to masjid West Haven which is close to our house. Sometime, we went to Masjid An- Nur in Bridgefort for salah Isha and Tarawih or Masjid Al Islam in New Haven.
Everyday we had been invited to masjid for breaking our fast. Alot of leftover foods were in masjid. This's what make me sad. I remembered that alot of the needy people were in other countries. Sometime, I saw leftover foods already in the garbage. It's better to spend the money to charity to help the needy or the orphans.
For Homeschooling, the kids were still busy on doing their homeworks at home and memorizing their surahs.
In the afternoon, the older kids, who were fasting, were complaining about hungry, boring, and tired. The youngest one was sleeping. I said to the older kids that in Ramadhan, we should think about the people who never get the foods for more than one day. They lived in very poor condition. It is so sad to see them hardly to have the foods to eat for one day. They could not even think about their own education. My kids were so quiet and listening to what I said.
The purpose of fasting is for us to obey Allah and feel close to Allah Subahana Wa Ta'ala. It is not for hunger. Allah knew that we have the capability to do the fasting. When our stomach was hungry, we should think about the poors who never have anything to eat for more one day. We had to help them anytime we could help them,
Now my kids understood what the purpose of fasting. We had to be patient to wait until the end of the day to break our fast.
So the conclusion that the purpose of fasting are:
- To clean our soul by salah, tarawih, tahajjud, Qiyamul Layl, etc.
- And to clean our body by fasting.
Ramadhan Mubarak to All of You.
May Allah give all the rewards for our ibadah in this Ramadhan. Ameen.