Jawa Mosque was certainly my favorite mosque in Thailand. I feel like I was in my hometown when I was there. The feeling was very nice. The people were friendly and nice as well. And one day, I dream to celebrate my Iedil Fitri in this mosque, at least once before I comeback to my home town.
And thanks God, my dream came true. It was my second Iedil Fitri in Thailand and finally I had a chance to celebrate it in my favorite mosque.
Together with friends, I arrived at Jawa Mosque afternoon before Iedil Fitri. We went to our hotel near the mosque directly, dropped our bags, took a shower and then took a walk around the mosque looking for halal food to break our fast.
After breaking the fast and then praying Maghreb, we went to the mosque. Jawa Mosque was very crowded at the moment. There were so many people there. Some people came to pay zakat, and some others came to reverberate takbir together and clean the mosque. It was very nice to join them and feel the togetherness, such a great moment.
After finish cleaning, we had a long conversation with some teens at the mosque. They are very open. They talked about Muslim in Bangkok, about their school, their friends and etcetera. We shared our story and then took a selfie together. And at about 21:00 o’clock, we went back to our hotel preparing for tomorrow Iedil Fitri prayer.
Early in the morning, we woke up, toke a shower, and wore our best outfit and then leaving to the mosque with pleasure. It was finally the day of Iedil Fitri after fasting thirty days of Ramadhan, now we came on our big day, our special day; it was the day of victory.
Jawa mosque was filled by Muslims came from everywhere around the mosque. And still, takbir continued to reverberate. Till about 08:00 o’ clock, the prayer of Iedil Fitri was begun and it was end by listening to khotbah. And after that, everyone did not go home directly.
I found some traditions in Jawa Mosque that actually everyone did not go home directly after prayer. First tradition was shaking hand each other to apologize and congratulate happy Eid Mubarak. Second, having a meal together at the mosque that was brought by Muslim people around there. And the third, visiting the cemetery located right in front of the mosque to pray for those who have died.
At about 10:00 o’ clock, all was done and everyone went home. We went back to our hotel and began to explore the other side of Bangkok.
That was a great experience spending my Iedil Fitri in Jawa Mosque. I got new experience, friends and knowledge as well. Thanks a lot Jawa Mosque and the people for such a great moment. Hope to see you again someday.