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Ramadan Kareem 1432 / 2011!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 5, 2011, 11:54 AM
So what's Ramadan?

A quick explanation for those who have never heard of it, this is the month in which all the eligible Muslims are encouraged to fast from food drink and any type of sexual activity from sun up till sun down for 29 or 30 days of the lunar calendar. Eligible means men and women who are over the age of about 7, are not sick, or traveling, or in women's instance have their menstrual cycle, pregnant, or in some cases breast feeding.

We do so primarily to gain an awareness of Allah, but among the other benefits is that we can understand the hardships of poor people, we shed extra weight, and clean out the system of pollutants. Its also a time of solidarity and sharing food when we do break fast. We visit each other more often and go to the mosque to pray for many hours in which the whole community is there. For us it is a very happy time focused on community.

Of course it is difficult at first, but the blessings are huge and many great things always seem to happen each year to me and others. The lunar calendar moves around the solar year by shifting back 13 days a year. Next year Ramadan will begin in late July 2011.

We are told that fasting is the highest form of worship since only God really knows if you are being true to it or not. You can fool other people or cheat, but then you are only starving yourself. Its only if you're honest and really try that you reap the tremendous rewards. When you see so many people; old , young , rich , poor, all of them fasting worldwide, you can't help but feel a brotherhood as we're all doing it together.

I don't really know of too many other things out there nowadays that are telling you to avoid your desires and to abstain for about a month and on a yearly basis. If you can control food and sexual desires, the most base and universal, the rest are a lot easier.

The prayer of a fasting person is always answered if God wills, so pray for the sick, poor, and oppressed people world wide as well as for your families and your deceased relatives as well. Make as best use of this month as you can as good deeds are multiplied many fold! People misunderstand Ramadan as a hardship, but its actually a huge gift for us to gain Allah's favour which is better than anything we miss out on during Ramadan.

So to one and all i wish you a Blessed Ramadan, and even encourage non Muslims to try fasting and see how it's like, its a great was to break addictions and bad habits. If you're not Muslim, but have a Muslim friend, try going to their house for Iftar (when we break fast after sunset), they would be happy to have you and you will leave with a full stomach and a new understanding on something 1/6th of the world's population celebrates!


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In other news:

I am working on a project that has an NDA on it, so I won't be able to broadcast it! Though I still have 3 more group shots to do for the G7 book and when I take a break I will come on and see how you guys are doing!


I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.


Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!



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SwaggerCanon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ramadan Kareem :D
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UntitledTurtles Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rammadan Mubarak ^u^
It's pretty hard this year because it's during my birthday xO
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Happy Ramadan, it's a-me-a, Omario.
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fafybloom Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student
Ramdan mubarak Omar~ :D enjoy this Ramadan~
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ChibiRat3019 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Happy Ramadan!! ^o^
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FW77 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student
ramadan mubarak omar

alsalam 3alykom
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DTJB Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No offense. I have a friend who's Muslim and my buds gave him crap the other day for wanting to eat before sunset. We got to make sure he follows the rules.
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Briel74 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
No offense, but I think everyone should do what he wants, religion or not. Unless it will cause harm to someone else.
I'm not Muslim and I'm not much interested in religion in general, but I'm pretty sure that certain "rules" as you call them, have value only if you follow them with your heart and not because someone else forcing you against your will, or offend you . Also make the Ramadan should be a choice.
that said happy Ramadan to those who have chosen to do it and are happy with their decision ^^
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DTJB Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clearly I need to notify everyone when I'm in sarcasm mode because you missed the humor in what I said and just stated the obvious to me. Thanks for playing though.
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Briel74 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
sorry if I misunderstood, but I'm Italian and sometimes I can not grasp the nuances of sarcasm in languages ​​other than my own, that being said please accept my apologies if I seemed rude to you, but it was not my intention. :blush:
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