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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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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DTJB Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob.
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Ernesto-Alonso Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
We learned a bit about this in my Art History class, very interesting, indeed.

Wish the best of luck. Lent's similar, I try to up the ante once and while.
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FailPants Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Ramadan Kareem Omar. May Allah respond to your duu'aa and inshallah you'll get lots of Hasanat this month :'D
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Kitsune-Moon-Spirit Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ramadan Kareem! I've been lazing around the past few days sadly , however from now I will be more focused :)
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student General Artist
well that was educational... its always fun to know about other culture's and what it is like. thank you my friend.
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Secret-Agent-Rabbit Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student General Artist
So unmarried couples can indulge in all the sexual relations they want. Interesting.
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FailPants Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
You're not suppose do indulge in sexual relations until you're married in Islam.(I'm pretty sure in a lot of other religions as well) Cx
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ELRoSRoND Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Well well i guess you got it as you wanted =) Unmarried sexual relationships are already forbidden for Christians, Jews and Muslims as well as i know for NORMAL times too, not just ramadan or special times.. So i guess, even no need to mention it.. - not so interesting :P as you dreamed - :P
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SEMC Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Have a good ramadan season. I've got a few arab friends here at college and they've all disappeared for the summer, but I remember Mohammed saying that he was spending time in Missoula for ramadan.

I used to read this one webcomic (I think it was called applegeeks) and every time ramadan came around they would let the readers know about it. I miss the comic, and I wonder whatever happened to them (they never posted anything it just stopped updating).
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LilithRealm Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
alaikum salaam! (did I write it right?)

:iconsmartyplz:I know Ramadan.. my mom's parents & siblings are muslim but on my dad's side are Buddhist... it's kind of confusing isn't it! but I love my family & relative whichever religion it is..
hmmm... fasting.. I am not into that! ....I'm vegetarian though!!! for more than 12 years now.

Anyway after Ramadan, ‘Eid Sa‘eed to You!!
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hala93 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
HAPPY RAMADAN DUDE!!
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swordbow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
by the way,hope to see your blogtv again.
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swordbow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
very well,i won't try this,sounds pretty rough
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CanadianEggroll Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*claps* Thank you for making this journal! I'm a Muslim and am eager to fast this month. 8)
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kalabadi-hallaj Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks for the Info again Ramazan Mubarak to You and Your Family Omar Almhamdulillah and MAA SHA ALLAH.

SHABBA KHAIR.
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deenart20 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Filmographer
wish you a happy Ramadan ^_^
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lyzeman Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Ramadan kareem
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OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It will be a sad Ramadan this year... my Auntie and daadi died this week.

but I hope you have a happy Ramadan this year
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Dogeborn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I'm not a Christian nor am I a Muslim. But I'll think some positive and lovely thoughts to you tonight. We can call it a prayer:)
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OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you
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WhiteLeyth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ramadan Mubarak to you Omar!^^
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waraulol Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Omar-san is a Moslem too, that's a good news XD (because I'm also one lol =P)
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Achrafuuu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ramadan mubarak to everyone ! ^^/
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I practice fasting too, in Lent, and in other days too.
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Drimwalkr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
how does that calendar work and when do the years start from?
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Drimwalkr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, sounds very similar to lent.
it really does sound like a good idea for building a community.
i may try this
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yuesbee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Ramadan kareem to you as well.
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mongoose64 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I never knew that, thank you for sharing:). Even though I am of a different religion, I was able to give up my love for coffee. I'm tired right now, but I feel better:).
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Nocturael Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The prayer of a fasting person is always answered if God wills,...
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Nocturael Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it always or if god wills? Both doesn't make sense.
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Blrout Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe he's saying that God always answers the prayers if he wills to. As in...there's never a time he intends to, but doesn't.
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Nocturael Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Intending to, but not answering prayers even outside Ramadan would go against Allahs omnipotence. Any omnipotent god wouldn't be able to distinguish between wanting to do something and doing something. Then again, I'm not sure as "how" omnipotent Allah is described. Maybe someone else might explain that to me.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
We ask for what we need or want, but His Wisdom dictates if we get it or not, not our selfish and potential misguided wishes.

He calls the shots and that's how it works. In the grand scheme of things it might be better for you if a certain prayer isn't answered, so again His Wisdom and Mercy are the over riding factors.

Kids ask the parents, but the good parent only gives what his kid can handle. You dont give a Ferrari to a 5 year old though he really really wants nor does it presuppose the parent couldnt give it or would no want to give it (Provided they're rich.)

I think you get the point.
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Nocturael Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I very much get the point, thank you. Problem is: Allah always knows what is best and acts on it, so what is the point of prayer? Either your "wish" is wrong, then he won't "fulfill" it, or you wish for the right thing, then he would have done it anyway, because he is perfect, and wants the best for all. Either way, you praying had no influence on the decision. The only thing would be to say you pray to show your commitment, but that wasn't part of the statement. The statement was, that praying in this time would have an impact on the decision whether your prayer will be fulfilled.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
He tells us to ask Him , so i am only following instructions. The fact that you are at His door so to speak is the point.

Its very much the case that He will and does take care of things in the best way without us asking, but as far as Islam goes, our goal is to have Him in mind at all times, and asking Him for things is part of that.

The point of prayer not only shows our faith in what He is asking us to do, but also gives us cause to remember Him.

Good points, I enjoy these type of comments!
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Nocturael Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess this is what differentiates the rational skeptic from the faithful believer. The willingness to accept things without explanation.
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99rupees Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for shedding some light on this! i remember in elementary school, one of my friends was muslim and went to the library during lunchtime over ramadan..of course it was all a bit over my head back then.

the principles remind me of lent, something i grew up with being raised catholic.

i hope you have a blessed ramadan, you and your family (:
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Sa-tou Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I just had my meal after a day of fasting , the vibe at home durning the meal is just so much better because then we're all together I just love the ramadan!
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NixieSeal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
... *Has a mouth full of ramen and a mug while reading this.*

Erk. When did Ramadan start? *Checks calendar* Oh bugger. I don't have any Muslim friends IRL, that's probably why I wasn't aware. I want to fast this year. It's not too late--! I might have to make up for five days.

Many blessings to you- and thank you for reminding me about Ramadan!
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thing1thatiam Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredibly informative! Thanks for a great read, and I wish you all the best this Ramadan!

I do have a question...do you actually fast for the whole 30 days and not eat at all, or (as I read in this post) do you only eat once a day after sunset?
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