The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Monday, September 1, 2008

The Ramadan Blog

It is time for Ramadan once again. People around the world will begin their month of fasting on September 1 or September 2 depending on the observation of the new moon.

A friend had a brilliant idea of creating a Ramadan Blog to detail our various thoughts and reflections during the month of Ramadan, which is considered a very important month for Muslims. It is time for Muslims to get closer to God.

Prophet Muhammad said, “Ramadan burns the sins and faults, just as the fire burns the wood.” The importance of this divine month was reiterated by the Prophet when he said, “The Month of Ramadan is the month of Allah (God), bringing His Mercy and Forgiveness.” According to the Holy Qur’an, fasting was made obligatory by God not only for the followers of the Prophet Muhammad but also for the followers of all the Prophets who preceded him (including prophets Moses and Jesus): “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those who preceded you; that perhaps you will be mindful of God,” (Qur’an 2:183).

It is the aim of this blog to help us make this task easier for us by sharing our experiences here online.

The group of us are also from three different continents in the world, and while our religious practices are the same, some differ due to cultural differences. Namely, the food we eat during iftar! We plan to post some great pictures of Ramadan iftar as well. And we invite Muslim readers from all over to send us their own Ramadan iftar pictures.

Thank you for your visit. We hope you are inspired to do good during this month.


Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

The Ramadan Series will send you emails with practical tips on how to gain and maintain the physical and spiritual energy necessary to embark on increased religious oligations so that you will reap the benefits from this blessed month. This includes special Ramadan duas to say during the month. Do sign-up today!

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