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Sat Aug 30, 2008, 8:07 PM
Ramadan Kareem!</U>

Wow it is already time to start fasting again for the month or Ramadan!

Part of my duty as a Muslim is to explain certain aspects of my religion in the hopes that it bridges gaps of misunderstanding.

As was passed down from Abraham peace be upon him, we fast for the sake of God as a purification for our hearts and to learn the consciousness of Him. No one comes and arrests us if we don't fast, no one writes a ticket or any nonesense like that if we don't do it. The fasting from food, drink, and marrital relations for the daylight hours til sunset is something that only God sees best.

Fasting is the highest form of worship since no one can really tell if you are fasting or not.  You can fool other people, or cheat on your fast, and maybe people wont find out, but He will know. Therefore it is the most sincere act if it is for His sake, and that's why we are told that God rewards fasting immensly.

Fasting has numerous health benefits as well, such as losing excess weight, the control of desire, and cleansing of the body. The goal of this month is not just to stay up at night gorging yourself and starve during the day, it is to put aside your consumption of good things for a period of time for God's pleasure so that He can clean us of filth in our actions, minds and hearts, and reward us tremendously in this life and the hereafter.

It obviously makes you appreciate your own food, drink, and spouse among other things, as well as create an understanding and compassion for people who do not have these thing we take for granted.

Prayer is heavily encouraged and for some reason it is much easier in this month since everyone is doing it moreso. Usually the Mosques are filled every night as people choose prayer over sleep for part of the night. This month is also the best to give charity in.

Things like lying, gossiping, cheating, etc, while bad in any month, are even more odious in this month. Reciting and memorizing Quran (Our Holy Book) is also encouraged. many people read through the Quran at least once during this month, some people do it many times more. All these things are to gain Allah's favour and hopefully His forgiveness. It's a month of purification.

We do this for about 29 days, one lunar month, after which we have a large community Prayer followed by a festival called Eid. Normally, we buy new clothes for the occassion, slaughter meat to distribute to the poor, and give our yearly Zakat or charity. Of course there is all types of sweets and visiting of relatives and giving of gifts as well!

Very old people, menstrating women, sick or ill people, and small children and people who are travelling long distances are exempt from fasting. But in the case of temporarily sick people, menstruating women, and travelling people, when the condition changes to one where they can fast, they should make up the days soon, and definitely before the next Ramadan.

To all my hundreds of millions of Muslim brothers and sisters I wish you all a successful and happy Ramadan! Remember you are the examples of Islam in the world today, and be nice to everyone, they are the creation of Allah afterall.

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On a different note, I would like to wish all of you the best of luck on your school year coming up, and hope you do well. Education is a gift, don't look on it as a burden because knowledge is power.

Also people in the Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi Coastal areas, maybe Pennsicola as well better be careful, "Gustav" is coming. Supposedly this storm will strengthen to a Category 5 Hurricane, thats sustained winds of 250km/h or 155mph! They are saying landfall will be about a Cat. 4, but I hope you will all be safe.

Asalaamalaikum = Peace be upon you!

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turbosuo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Thank you for sharing. I consider myself religious, but I dont see myself as burdened by denominations or religous orders. I was lucky enough to be rasied in a house where I was not allowed to choose for myself, but was pushed (the good kind that comes with a little tough love that makes you take steps into a world that frightens you but makes you a better person) Unfortunately I have not had much exposure to Islam. There isn't really anyone that I know who is muslim so I am always happy to get glimpses from people. I know religion is a very sensitive subject, and it should be, but I admire and respect your courage to be open with it.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Communication is how we break down barriers, thanks for reading!
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turbosuo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
I agree! If only more people were willing to take that step. You are and that deserves respect.
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Foxxie-Angel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
I am not Muslim, but Catholic. I'm glad to see your explaining to those who don't understand what your faith actually is! :D

I hope you enjoy Ramadan!
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
Muslim or not, we are all brothers and sisters in this world. Allah or God, there is only One Who watches over us.

Praise Allah and God Bless, Omar. Asalaamalaikum to you and your kin.

And this may sound WAAAY off topic, but how DO you pronounce your last name? Is it "dog-on" or "dough-gan" or some mix of the two?
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DjAlam Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
asalamoalikum ...prob late journal entry but Ramadan mubarak
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monmashq Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008   Digital Artist
So you only fast during the day?
You can eat all you want during the night?
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AzadX Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow I never realised how many Muslim Deviants there are!

I'm off to pray Ramadan namaz (extra 20!) but its all worth it :-P

Good luck to Omar and everyone fasting!!
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Taraweh for me too soon, having pasta for Iftar and a fierce coffee.
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KD1only Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Happy Ramadan ^__^ !
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JaM-FaiRY Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ramadan Kareem!
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This is a great explanation - Im gonna use it to tell my friends :D
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DeeK-MantooF Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
ramadhan kareem 2 u 2 bro
ramadhan kareem and mubarak
glad 2 know that ur muslim ;)
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ehsania Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ramadhan Kareem!
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MaxkofValiant Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Salam!

Ramadan Mubarak!

May we thru this month smoothly without any trouble. ^^
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Scorpyssj4 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008   Digital Artist
very great job mr.Dogan !!
inshalla Allah will reward u for every single coment u got here

and Ramadan Kareem :)

(can i repost it ?)
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sure!

Ramadan Kareem, may Allah reward us all.
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Scorpyssj4 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008   Digital Artist
thx alot :)
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Nogojo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Ramadhan Kareem!
Kull sena wa inta taiyeb. ^^
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OneFreeInternet Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o_o Omar, I forgot to ask... Do you know what happens to muslims living in polar/sub-polar areas where there is 6 months night time followed by 6 months of daytime, etc. when it comes to determining Fajr and Maghrib?! How do they do it?!
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
I asked that question too when I was younger!

You have to set your own times to follow in that case. So like in London, which is more north than Toronto, their sun sets in the summer at almost 9:30 pm, and rises a few hours later as well [link] . So what you can do is if you lived more north where you have 24 hour light in summer, is take when was the last day that you had normal conditions and follow that so far as i understand.
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OneFreeInternet Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. I see now. I wonder if it might be a bit hard determining what exactly the last normal conditions were. The period for fasting time fluctuates up to some crazy hours! I admire the dedication to the fast despite the conditions.
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mojaam Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Well put! Will definitely bookmark this :D. I do wonder if it's better to read and understand the Qur'an as opposed to just reciting it in Arabic. Speaking of which, what role does Arabic plays in the Qur'an?
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AhmedGalal Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Ramadan kareem :)
god bless you man
Mashallah i liked all your comments and of course your amazing journal :)
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bglife Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008   Photographer
thank u, this was very informative! :D
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Judgess Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
can i repost this in my journal? since i have problem to explain this in english ^^;

beautiful journal, i love the way you explain this

ramadhan kareem omar!
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Filosofia Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I'm really happy that people can discuss religion honestly without offending each other! I've witnessed quite a few religious discussions, especially online, and usually the endings are not very pretty.

I believe religion is essential, for the simple reason that human knowledge and logic is not complete. How to choose a religion, however, is a matter of logic and exploration. It really requires challenging yourself and your the things dearest to you, like your beliefs and relationship with others. Moreover, the stereotypes attached to each religion are rather annoying and might drive away people who simply want to be uniquely themselves. I, personally, when choosing a religion, chose to look back at where this religion is coming from; the source. It's kind of like a historical analysis. God didn't give us minds for nothing. That's how I reached my conclusions.

I cannot say that I am convinced with everything mentioned in the particular religion I've chosen: there are practices and teachings I sometimes do not understand nor agree with. But that's the beautiful part, God told us to trust and believe, not to know and be convinced. It's not brainwashing, it's an act of surrender to someone you admit is better and knows more than you. A very humbling experience that really makes you feel whole: you no longer see yourself as omnipotent, and it really sinks into you.

As for believing in God, I cannot say you can reach that conclusions through any scientific or logical method. It's all about your feelings, intuition, and the things you just know deep down inside. It's a blind gamble you must make.

I'm so sorry I wrote so much! It's just that everyone here is very open minded and considerate, I found it necessary to mention this. It's what I learnt from life, and I hope someone else can make something out of it.

Thank you for the wonderful post that gave me the opportunity to do this.

And may God guide us all to the right path.
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chinaroses Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankyou for sharing. :)
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nysh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
salam ramadhan too :)
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VergessenHeld Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
I also had no idea you were Muslim.

I'd really appreciate hearing more from you about Islam. It's very interesting stuff to me because I've only encountered one or two people in my entire life who openly practiced it.

Let's just say the area I live in can be slightly... culturally ignorant at times.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow, where do you live?
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VergessenHeld Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
A small port city of about 100,000 people in Massachusetts. It's a rather poor area and most of the immigrants that we get are either black or Hispanic. Nearly 80% of it is some sort of Portugese-speaking culture.

We also have very few Asian families around here. Being a Muslim or Asian will make more than a few people take a second glance here.
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KeMot Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
I just wanna ask something...
Why used "he" or "his" for Allah?
I think it's better to use word "Allah" for Allah... ^^;
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
I use words like He and God to help people realize that i am talking about the smae thing.

I would rather use Allah, but i know my audience might not see I am talking about the same Creator. Its only for sake of understanding i use it, though i myself don't prefer it.
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KeMot Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Oh, I see. That's reasonable. Thanks.
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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ramadan. I've lost track of it since leaving Tunisia... Though this posts brings back memories of my time there. thanks for the info! I like to know more about such things (religion and culture).

It gives a better understanding of people that way! :D
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Router-Jax Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Ah- hey there! :wave: It's been a while since we last talked. (LOL heere's talking as if we have even met xDDD)

Yet again, pardon for the intrusion. Heheheh by the way it also means that I'm fasting for it as well. ;p Wow, lost track. Then does it mean you used to keep up with it once? Awesome. :lol:
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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed long time no talk.

yeah in highschool I had a muslim friend (that and I previously lived in a muslim country)
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Router-Jax Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Student General Artist
Though I suppose it means we're distracted as less.. I guess that's a good thing isn't it? :p

Hmm I see. A girl I suppose?
My, in this time and days I dunno but I feel relieved to just hear about brothers and sisters of faith, of foreign blood & land living well overseas.
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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah a girl.
XD well it's something good to hear how things are elsewhere in the world. especially good things :P
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Router-Jax Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Student General Artist
Oh my Colonel Frank Slade instinct never fails me! xD (You go search for that on google..)

Especially in these times and days where we're viewed quite badly. I guess from this it shows things are still going rather well for us.
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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
haha,
Well it's a tough time for you know though I suppose every group will go through better and worse times...
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Router-Jax Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Student General Artist
Accidentally clicked the send button.. ^^;
Anyways, as to add to what I said, I'd be more than happy to tell you more of these myself(actually I've had in mind to do the same thing like Omar here but since no one really reads it or come to my page I decided to drop it, this was before I came to know you :p ), should you be willing to listen to any. Likewise just come up with a topic and I'll try my best to elaborate on each.
Similarly, I'd love to learn what's in your tab. :nod:

Till then, later~ :hug:
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Ro0o7-Q6r Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Ramadan kareem bro :hug:
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Gargu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Aleikumsalaam. :)
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Artemsis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Wow, very informative! Thank you (This goes for all your past posts about your faith) for spreading the true word of your religion. I wish more people knew the truth instead of the slander.
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deeJuusan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Salam,

Ramadan Mubarak, My brother.
May Allah accept all your prayers and awards you in both life and after-life.

I am gonna post this in my journal and credit you ofcourse.
I hope you don't mind.

Thanks
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blueduality Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Ramadan Mubarak. This will be my second year of complete fast (I started out on weekends-only) inshallah. :)
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jowyn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a Christian but it's really interesting to see how other religions pray and worship. Our faith all comes from a similar source so I wish you a good ramadan ^^ I'll pray for those in the path of the hurricane too,it looks like a bad one.. eep!
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Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ramadan Kareem Omar ^_^

And great job explaining everything about Ramadan in the journal.
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samiatay Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ramadan Kareem my brother.
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