Back in Toronto, we’d rush around after the break fast — cleaning up and getting Eryn ready for bed. Then the hubby would take off to the mosque while I’d work at home with a sleeping toddler. The time between iftaar and the night prayer is very short, and very late. Evening prayers at the mosque run until 11pm or later and that just doesn’t work for many people who have to get up at 3 for the pre-dawn meal and work the next morning.
The one time we took her to the mosque with us it was a near disaster.
We chose a mosque with an open concept. No barriers and an imam who did 8 rakats in about 40 minutes. Perfect for a young family with a toddler who loves to run back and forth from mommy to baba. Unfortunately that night, the imam decided to hold an hour fundraiser before prayer. By the time we started the prayer, Eryn was so bored and tired that all she wanted to do was rummage through stranger’s purses, look under women’s abayas and run around screaming.
Then when I threw her in the sling, she just decided to scream in my ear instead.
In Kuwait, there’s no rush.
Iftaar is at 6:20. Evening prayer is at 7:30 and the late night prayers start at 10 or 11pm. People are on a relaxed work schedule, so rarely is there a worry about having a late night — especially if you don’t have to go to work until 10am or even 2pm.
So what do we do with 4 blissful hours in-between iftaar and the late night prayers? We shop.
Coming soon: Pictures from the mosque and the latest hijab styles from Kuwait!