Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Passing the Time


I have been off work for the past 10 days now and still have few more days to go before I return, it has been a quiet time which was boring at times but very relaxing at other times.
One of the best things I enjoyed doing is going through my favourite blogs (you can find them on my Links) I basically read most of them from the time they started and believe me that was a very interesting read which kept me awake for a long time at night or very early in the morning as I don't tend to sleep for long periods.
It was so interesting to read the stories, thoughts and adventures of everyone, a lot was funny, some were sad and some very educational, it makes me proud that we have many Libyan women bloggers, infact more women than men, most of them have their own careers and dreams and blogging is probably the best way to express themselves, I hope InshAllah they achieve what they want.

Last night I took my children with me to what has become a custom for the Libyans in London, the Pakistani Community Centre which every Ramadan becomes the Libyan Community Centre, it is open every night for Taraweeh and for socialising afterwards, twice a week they have an open Iftar where anyone can come, so I took the children for the Iftar (I usually take them to these Iftars about twice every Ramadan) They really enjoy going there as many of their Libyan friends turn up and they all end up making a great big noise and fill the place with happiness. The only problem I find at these gatherings is when its time to eat, most children tend to disappear behind the curtains where the women are!! my kids didn't have their mother there and so I was like usual when I go there concerned about if they are eating or not, I would be shouting their names and telling them to come and sit with me and in the mean time I get weird looks from some of the men because im standing outside the women curtain and shouting! I know that they do not eat properly there but its worth taking them because they enjoy seeing and playing with their friends, they usually eat at home afterwards.
Something funny happened 10 minutes before Iftar, one of my friends who is the main chef at these Iftars went outside for few minutes then came back to the kitchen where I was talking to few other men, he went straight to the table where there was a dish full of roasted almonds picked up a handful and very proudly dropped it in his mouth and started chewing them with enjoyment on his face, I said to him are you not fasting? My God, the look of shock he had on his face with his eyes wide open, he ran to the bin spat it out and rinsed his mouth and was very angry with himself for forgetting, we all thought it was funny and laughed.
The Iftar was delicious as usuall and it is really nice seeing so many friends that otherwise you are not able to see because of long distances and other circumstances.
Update
SafiaSpeaks suggested (read comments) that I tag readers to tell us how they broke their fasting by accident, so go on let us know your funny stories.

34 comments:

Safia speaks said...

Thanx for the nice words on Libyan female bloggers!

People react in different ways when "caught" breaking their fasting.
A couple of years ago I was bored and strolled around our house looking for something interesting to do. As so many times before, I ended up in the kitchen in front of the fridge, opened it and found a single red tomato.
I started eating it, and halfways it suddenly hit me: IT´S RAMADAN AND YOU´RE FASTING!!!!

At once I spat out the rest, and quickly threw the half tomato out of our kitchen window where it smashed on top of our neighbour´s car; he was just parking the vehicle and started to curse (luckily he didn´t see the window where the tomato came from).

You should tag your readers and let them tell us how they broke their fasting by accident ;-)

AngloLibyan said...

that is hillarious Safia.
that is a good idea about tagging other readers, i will update the blog.

maiuna said...

thanks for your support AngloLibyan!
Safia speaks, that's a good idea, i'll try to remember any funny stories and i'll come back later to tell you about them,
and by the way , you've been lucky that he didn't see you while throwing out your tomato!

white african said...

lol anglo, your poor friend, oh well these things happen.

that was a nice comment about the female bloggers, it most certainly is a way of expressing thoughts and opinions, its also a de-stressor as well as accounting for what we did during the day/week.

i love how as community we meet up at least 1 day a week during ramadan, like you said it's a way of catching up with those we havent seen in a long time, i love ramadan..

Aladdin of Tripoli said...

well , i broke my fast too many times in the past ramadan's . once i had a headache after school and when i went home i run to the kitcken and took a panadol tablet and water and my sister saw me and there was that shok look in her eyes and she told me what am i doin' . when i saw her i remebered that OMG iam Fasting ....
another time i came home and mum just finished cooking Embatten and i took one of the Mbattens and ate it very fast and mum turned her face and saw me eating but she knew it was by mistake ..
once i was fasting and as usual went to the kitchen and found chweing gum and i took one and i started to chewin for maybe an Hour without anybody notcing it untill i notice by my self and i split it on the sofa and went to the bathroom to wash my mouth and came back to find out my brother has sat above the chwein gum i just spit and it was stick on his trouser and the sofa and mum became angry when she heard what happened loool . i have a billion of stories bout ramadan breaking fasting .. hehe

AngloLibyan said...

Lookforward to your stories Maiuna.

whiteafrican, im sure the libyan community in Manchester have simillar arrangements, anyway from what i hear, libyans in Manchester are more organized and connected than in London.

Aladdin, just KEEP OUT of the kitchen :o)
go on tell us more...

Trabilsia said...

Nice of you to comment on us female bloggers for we (women ) need all the support we can get. Blogging is simply putting it, a great addiction and stress reliever at the same time ! Good idea Safia !Will post of accidental breaking of fast soon.

Sereeb said...

Hello Anglolibyan,
Ramadan Karim to you and your family and all the readers.

I've never heard of the Pakistani Community Centre. Where is it located and can I come? I really find Ramadan very difficult this year, boohoo, tears,, tears. Are you sure that they won't kick me out? I've never been into Libyan gatherings in London. But I'm really dying for real Libyan food with Libyans!

Kind Regards

A.Adam said...

I am proud of everyone on Libyan blogger thanks Anglolibyan,
I remember that I've borke my fast once when I came back home from high school and
so thirst don't how that happen just take some water
didn't notic It's RAMADAN I was so tired that day!!!

AngloLibyan said...

Hi Sereeb, Ramadan Mubarak.
The community centre is in Willesden Green, behind the tube station (station parade) next to the mosque, its open about 8:30 pm everynight for taraweeh, on tuesday and saturday they have open Iftar, of course you will be weclomed but as i said its a bit strict and you have to be in the women section.
be warned sometimes too many kids come, especiallt at weekends which can be very noisy, try it come this saturday for Iftar.
btw i really enjoy your blog.

thanks a.adam :o)

Safia speaks said...

Sister Sereeb,

Are you by any chance related to the Dau er-Rgaig family?

There are two Dau er-Rgaig´s here in Copenhagen.

Sereeb said...

Hello Anglolibyan, thanks for the info. Tell me about the kids. Long, long time ago I had a very painful experience with Libyan kids and women. When I first came to this country someone told me that the Libyan school in London celebrate Eid and it is fun and I should go. So my first Eid I put on my best gear, all long and modest, and headed to the school. The minute I entered women eyed me suspiciously; anyway, I sat at one of the table next to a Syrian lady who was very nice and asked me what I do, where from, etc. suddenly this woman, certainly not a lady, came to our table and asked the Syrian woman to join her. The Syrian lady told her that she is sitting with me and it is ok but the Libyan insisted and just pull her by hand. The Syrian lady gave me an apologetic smile and went and left me alone at the table. Few minutes later, the kids found an easy target. Me. Someone would pull my hair, another hit me with an orange. I asked one of the women to tell them to stop and she put her hand on her hip and said: ya moo-haa-meeed batel 3ad. That is all. I fled. I never attended a Libyan gathering ever since.

And thanks for liking my blog. I like your blog too.

Hello Safia, Ramadan Kareem to you and your family. No, I don’t think so. As far as I know the name El-Rgaig is also found in Bani Walid and other parts of Libya. I met a lot of people who have the same family name but not related to me.
Actually some of my father’s cousins live in Jordan. Some they came back in early nineties, few still there. They moved there during the war.
Umm, I’m curious now. Are they from Benghazi?

Hello Adam, Trabilsia, Aladdin, white African, and maiuna. Ramadan Kareem to you all.

AngloLibyan said...

to be honest, sereeb, some of the kids are very rude and do not listen to anyone and during salah they get even worse, as for some of the mothers that come there, well i think you know the type, you will be eyed up and down, many are very strict that they use a back entrance so that men do not see them, sometimes i wonder how they do their shopping or travel!!
its up to you if you want to try it, you never know you might like it, Libyan Eid party which is held at the central mosque gets a varied and different crowd and usually less strict.
I add my voice to others that have asked you to open your comments :o)

Trabilsia said...

Yes, Sereeb
Ramadan Mubarek to you as well.

As for the staring it's mainly due what I call Libyan DNA (SHAB ALLAH AL FANAAS) ! Nobody does a better job in this sector ! Take care for they mean no harm dear . It's just the only way they can contribute to any event !

As for coming in all veiled in black ,staying at home and taking care of their kids would be a better option !

Sereeb said...

Nooo, I’m not going Anglolibyan; it was just a crazy idea. I'm scared now, hehe

Opening the comment section, eh! Hehehe, you made me feel bad. I shouldn’t be commenting here or at any other blog, as I don’t allow this on my blog. That is why I don’t comment a lot. I’m feeling bad now. :(

Yea you are right Trabelsia

AngloLibyan said...

please sereeb do not feel bad and you are very welcome to comment here anytime, im sure you have your own reasons for not allowing comments on your blog.

Trabilsia said...

Sereeb,
Please feel free to comment on my blog any time for comments are very constructive.

Alhamdulilah we have all become, a big Libyan family .

maiuna said...

that's the way i feel too trabilsia, a really big loving supportive Libyan family. A family that I'm really thankful for!
and Sereeb, thanks and you are more than welcome to comment!

Sandi said...

yes I agree, I have become very fond of my libyan bloggers and feel a big part of their family. And it's very fascinating to read about the culture. So I tried, Teri's sight and have been blogging and checking to see how everyone is because i really care. Lovely people.

AngloLibyan said...

thank you Sandi, as im sure you know many of us visit your blog and consider you part of the family, this is multi-culture at its best.

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