Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ramadan 2012 – Day 7, Artillery and a Car Show
Last night I decided to see the artillery gun blast to announce the breaking of the fast. They do this every day during Ramadan.
So I headed out to the post office near the Corniche. Tons of people were already there.
Like last year kids were climbing all over the gun. The soldiers there didn't mind.
When it was getting close to time the soldiers had to shoo everyone away.
Load it up
This year I was closer than the time before. A bit too close. My ears were ringing a little from the blast.
Then I drove to a hotel to meet up with an American friend of mine who was in town for two days on business. Despite the heat we went to Souq Waqif and had iftar at Damasca. The restaurant did a cool thing where all the mezzahs were already on the table so you could start eating right away. However, as usual for iftars at restaurants, it was too much food. We chilled out afterwards at one of the juice stalls.
Moving on to what I did today. After work I had a nap and got up in time to head back down to the Corniche to take pictures of the cars that were cruising the street before iftar.
Lots of people came down to take pictures of the cars.
There were some nice expensive cars . . .
Older cars . . .
Brightly painted cars . . .
Cars with kids hanging out of them . . .
Sometimes cars of the same make and model would group together and go in a line . . .
other random vehicles . . .
And midget dictators ;)
Try to get there a little bit before 5 to get a spot to take pictures. Near the Commercial Bank Tower is a good viewing spot.
Hadith(s) of the Day
Finger licking good . . .
Ka’b bin Malik reported: the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to eat using three fingers and used to lick his fingers before wiping them. (Sahih Muslim, Book of Food)
Ibn ‘Abbas said: the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "When you eat, do not wipe your hands until you have licked it, or had it licked by someone else.” (Sahih Muslim, Book of Food)
In the West we call it the 5-Second rule . . .
Jabir reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: "Satan attends all of your affairs, even your food. When some of your food falls on the ground, one should remove the soiling from it and then eat it. He should not leave it for Satan. When you finish eating, lick your fingers . . . .” (Sahih Muslim, Book of Food)