Ustazah Nazeerah Shaik Alwie is a Singaporean who is currently living in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, accompanying her husband who is working there. She will be spending her Ramadhan there this year.
Ramadhan here is like Ramadhan everywhere. Wherever you are, I believe the Ramadhan vibes will always be there, however faint it is. In Madinah, starting from the night of 15th Sya'ban, we have already started wishing and making dua for one another, i.e. when we meet at the lift, supermarket, and take taxis. Then we have full-on Ramadhan decorations everywhere, malls, hotels, lobbies, houses.
My day in Ramadhan starts earlier because of sahur. Preparing food for the family, then afterwards we will do our Fajr jemaah in our Compound Musholla.
School and work starts later than usual, nothing before 10am and it finishes earlier as well, say 2pm latest for school.
My mornings would be focused on carrying out household chores and prepping for Iftar. Yes, i start my kitchen early, because I don’t like to spend 15 mins before iftar stressing in the kitchen frying curry puffs!
Kids will come home by 2pm, we will wash up, finish the homework and take a short nap.