Monday, September 01, 2008

Ramadan

Ramadan is the holiest month on the lunar Islamic calendar — a time for fasting, taming human passions, and developing compassion for those less fortunate ("O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may aquire self-restraint " Qur'an 2:183).

For Muslims worldwide, the start of the month is based on sightings of the moon, as well as other astronomical calculations.

In the United States, most communities follow the decision of the Islamic Society of North America for the highly-anticipated start of Ramadan.

When is Ramadan? In 2008, Ramadan begins on Monday, September 1 and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, September 30.

Traditional fasting during Ramadan begins at sunrise or Fajr, and ends at sundown or Maghrib, when foods prepared especially for the month of Ramadan are eagerly devoured!

The entire month finally culminates in the Festival of Fast-Breaking or Eid-ul-Fitr which is observed by families or entire neighborhoods who come together to worship and celebrate the end of Ramadan in thanksgiving for life's many bounties. The end of Ramadan begins with the first sighting of the new moon in the night sky.

On the Web, discover more about Ramadan traditions and prayers, along with a cache of Ramadan recipes, e-cards, kids pages, downloads, Quran study lessons - and the sacrifices, strength and joy felt at Ramadan - a month-long testimony to faith and spirit observed by the planet's more than one billion Muslims who each year celebrate Ramadan around the world.

Read more here (source): http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/ramadan.htm

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