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22 October 2006 @ 09:21 pm
Eid Mubarak, everybody!  
It's only been Eid here for about two and a half hours, but it's been so special already. I've been trying to convince my mom to teach me how to cook, but she doesn't cook very often anyway so we haven't had a chance for me to learn anything. But I talked Mom and Dad into having a real family dinner for Eid, and Mom and I even went to a halal grocery store to get the lamb. This is kind of a big deal, because my mom's kind of wary of most Islamic traditions, and finds dietary restrictions in particular to be "outdated". But it turned out that the meat at the halal place was actually cheaper than Costco anyway, so she's actually planning to start doing a lot more shopping there now.

I spent all morning sewing new clothes as Eid gifts. I made my mom a baju kurong, and shalwar kameez for my sister and my dad. My dad was trying to show respect for Eid by dressing up, so he he was wearing dress pants, belt, button-down shirt and tie under his shalwar kameez, and I don't think he really got to find out how comfortable they are, but Mom said it was a great look for him and he should wear it when he gets the chance.

Once the meal was ready and we were all sitting at the table, Dad said our usual family grace, which is vaguely Christian in origion but completely non-sectarian, and then I asked if I could recite from the Qur'an. Everybody said ok, so I recited Al Fatiha. And alhamdulillah, they liked it so much, they asked if I would recite it every time we say grace. And during the meal, I got to explain all about the significance of the two eids, and we started talking about the differences between the Old Testament and the Qur'an versions of the Abraham story, the Adam and Eve story, etc., and with every one, my parents were blown away by how much better they liked the Qur'an's version. And at the end of the meal, we all decided that we should have a real family dinner like this at least once a week from now on.

So, alhamdulillah, I'm just so happy right now, and I wanted to share it with everyone here. I hope everyone has as great an Eid as I am.
 
 
 
Tareq طارقkashkool on October 23rd, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
Assalamu Alaykum...
Masha'Allah ...
Good 4 U!! ;>
Taqabbala Allah Alta'at, & Happy Eid Mubarak ^_^
Booger for cake on table: sam beckettbigeyedphish on October 25th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
That sounds so great! Thanks for sharing with us :D