How they break fast in Tareem.
Muslims around the world today/tomorrow are fasting in commemoration of the Day of Ashura, tenth day of Muharram. This fast was compulsory upon Muslims before the Ramadhan month of fasting was made compulsory.
Many things took place on this day involving great figures across time. Prophet Moses, Jonah (Yunus), Jacob (Ya’kob) and the grandson of Muhammad (pbuh), Hussein bin Ali (ra).
Prophetic practice on this day:
– visit a scholar, or
– visit the sick or
– connect with relatives or
– wipe the head of an orphan
I’ll share some links below about Ashura, click on CC to read the subtitles or transcript. Watch even if you already know the Ashura facts as these links will show you how the scholars here view and treat this special day.
To focus, on the photo.
Dates, water and coffee will be served. That’s all. No matter how fancy the house is or the amount of VIP in attendance, only these will be served. Then they’ll pray Maghrib together, and then dinner comes out. When the adhan for Isya’ comes, everything is done and that’s the cue for guests to leave.
In some cases, some niblets like savory stuff will be served. This happens typically because there are many non-Tareemis in that gathering or hosted by a non-Tareemi, or because dinner will be served a little later than the prompt time.
This happens either due to no guests present thus no hurry or like in the madrasah they may have one period of class after Maghrib prayers and then dinner only after Isya’ prayer.
Regardless of the time of the dinner, the main point here is the urgency to perform a command of God, which is the Maghrib prayer. Break the fast small and simple, then get on with it. It is a reflection of the obedience and honour the servants have for Him.
When such inward concepts are outwardly manifested, the effect is not just in and of itself, the breaking of fast or prayer. But you’ll find many other things in life, directly or indirectly connected, mentally or physically, will become better, easier.
Don’t bother over intellectualizing this. Give it a shot and observe what happens.
Habib Omar breaking it down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGKbdWlgtjg&feature=em-subs_digest
Habib Omar on honouring Ashura http://muwasala.org/true-honour-and-the-events-of-ashura-2/
Habib Ali on Sayyiduna Hussein http://muwasala.org/joy-and-sadness-for-sayyiduna-al-husayn-2/