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For some Muslims in Blitar, Ramadan night prayer is exercise

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar, East Java   /   Sun, May 12, 2019   /  05:36 pm
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People perform the fast-paced 'tarawih' prayer on Thursday night at the mosque of Mambaul Hikam Islamic boarding school in Udanawu district, Blitar, East Java.(JP/Asip Hasani)

Tarawih is a night prayer commonly performed by Muslims during the fasting month of Ramadan. They spend at least 10 to 30 minutes every night performing it together in mosques or prayer rooms. But Mambaul Hikam Islamic boarding school in Udanawu, Blitar, East Java, has a unique tradition of holding a very express tarawih prayer, spending only 10 minutes or less. The Jakarta Post visited the school's mosque on Thursday evening and found out there were a lot of people from inside and outside the city joining the prayer in the mosque as they were curious about the fast tarawih. Khoirul, for instance, drove 15 kilometers from the nearby city of Tulungagung to perform tarawih in the mosque. “I come here to know how it feels to perform the fast tarawih prayer. Usually, my body feels fresher after doing it,” said the 30-year-old man. The mosque can accommodate m...