My Ramadan: Nidaa Al Qawasme remembers her first holy month in the UAE

FUJAIRAH // Nidaa Al Qawasme has treasured memories of visiting members of Fujairah’s Royal Family during her first holy months in the UAE.
Mrs Al Qawasme and her husband, who works for Sheikh Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, used to visit Fujairah’s Royal Family during Ramadan and Eid.
“We gathered twice a week at Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi’s [Ruler of Fujairah] house,” said Mrs Al Qawasme, a Jordanian.
“We used to go around 11pm after iftar and leave around 2am, and the kindness and simplicity of the Royal Family surprised me a lot.
“On my first visit I was really terrified but Sheikha Fatima Al Maktoum, the Ruler’s wife, treated us like family and we used to spend all the time talking about family matters and life.
“Their house was very unique and traditional. It was there that I was first introduced to the traditional Emirati food and sweets, and have gotten addicted to it since then.”
Ramadan these days is a rare time for her family to get together under one roof.
“Ramadan means a lot to me and my family,” she said. “We gather each day on the dining table, eating and talking, and after that praying.
“I catch up on everything and I get so excited to be involved in all their discussions and life matters – this doesn’t happen on a regular day, except during the holy month.
“I have four daughters and a son and they all are grown up now. Each one has his own personal life and separate activities, and getting together during Ramadan is something I thank God for each day and in each prayer.”
Charity is also part of Mrs Al Qawasme’s rituals during the holy month and the rest of the year, helping others in need by providing food, clothing and money.
“I like to help others throughout the year and especially in Ramadan,” she said. “There are workers and families that don’t have enough money to buy some food to break their fast, and some of them need new clothes for Eid.
“So our duty is to help and provide them with the things they need in matters of clothing, food and money.”
The National

Date : 6/28/2015 11:01:06 PM

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