tarāwīH prayers: about صلاة التّراويح, Salāt at-tarāwīH

September 28, 2006 at 7:33 pm (Arabic, Islam, Religion, Religions, South Asia)

A popular feature of Ramadan is the tarāwīH prayers (صلاة التّراويح, Salāt at-tarāwīH; the latter word is pronounced as tarāvī by South Asian Muslims). What is striking–and many have noticed and remarked about this–is that this seems to quite the rage these days, a most fashionable thing to do. Although mosques had tarāwīH prayers even before, they were nowhere as popular as they are today. So much so that many mosques have more than one tarāwīH prayer time to accomodate the large numbers of people who can’t fit at one time. There is som dispute whether this is an indication of an increase in religiosity and piety, whether this indicates social pressure to exhibit more religiosity, or whether this is some sort of weird passing fad. To explain why it is somewhat surprising and puzzling that tarāwīH prayers, of all things, are so popular, let me explain what they are. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 28, 2006 at 3:01 am (Blogs, Pakistan, Personal)

At first I thought it was a bit weird. I could not access Blogspot pages in Karachi. This problem remained even in Islamabad. It seems that what I thought could not have been true was true: Blogspot has been banned in Pakistan, and so I cannot access any Blogspot webpage while here. 😦

But thanks to Pakistanis, who are not known for perfectly legal internet activities, I have found a way to bypass this blocking. 🙂

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