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Friday, 4-Nov-2005 00:00
An Aidil Fitri in Autumn - Nottingham UK
Another eventful 1st day of hari raya yesterday (3.11.05), an Aidil Fitr celebrated in autumn with falling leaves everywhere and cool wind blowing lightly in the land of Robin Hood. Raya celebration started with takbir from rumah ke rumah after Maghrib the night before, tapi I managed to join only halfway as I was working til 8.30pm. Kali ni takbir was done with involvement of a number of undergrads...a good sign indeed.

While doing our takbir rounds, after some discussions, it was agreed (at about 12.30am!!) that we should organised our own solat sunat eid fitr. An email informing the others was issued around 1.00am something...from Elyas and his Meja Kebajikan of course. The solat was held at Adnan's place since most of his stuff has been sent back to Malaysia...special thanks to him for providing a place for all of us. The solat session itself is pretty special as it is the first time that everything was done Malaysian-style. So...the takbir pun lebih syahdu & mendayu...lebih feeling lagi...sampai ada yang nangis :cry: . Khutbah pun was nicely done walau pun Utz Kasy tak tau la pukul berapa siap preparing for it...syukran ya Utz.

Then off we went to 'attack' friends' houses after the solat. We have to budget our time as we are having our own 'open house' that night, 'officially' from 6.00 to 10.00pm. Alhamdullillah, most of the dishes had already been prepared in the morning & the night before. Even with that in mind, we managed to ziarah places of Malik/Salwani, Basri/Zan, Raza/Anis, Yunus/Shikin, Nizam/Hani, Midon/Dalina, & Azman/Shida (Sneintton) & arrived home at about 5.35pm. Yea, I know...with about 25 minutes to spare to prepare our Open House.

Well, our Open House...actually it was a joint Open House, together with Mazlan & Masri, whose house is flooded (sikit lagi nak sampai ceiling!?) with Italians, the furniture that is...not the people....bellisimo. On offer were nasi himpit (from Asda), masak lodeh, sambal kacang with ayam, rendang daging, serunding tok, laksa, laksam, pelbagai kuih & drinks. Alhamdullillah, the turn out was HUGE. Memang real punya RAYA. Rasa-rasanye, all in all, about 150-200 friends came by. Judging from what we saw as well as those that you can see from the photos attached, I think they enjoyed themselves just as we enjoyed having them around.

This is probably our final eid fitr in Nottingham, insyaAllah. So we'll try to savour it a whole lot more. Thanks to everyone who has made this another very meaningful Raya...as regularly pointed out by others, Malaysians in Nottingham is really something else. So, to all of our friends, selamat hari raya Aidil Fitr & maaf zahir batin from all of us in the family. Can't wait to experience the second Raya day & this weekend...more Open houses to go & friends to meet. Til next entry...wassalam

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