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]


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ramadan Pictures Visual Celebration

The Ramadan pictures below have been submitted for an international competition that is ongoing right now. It is not too late for anyone interested in participating in this Ramadan photography competition. Some details of this competition is below.

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The International Ramadan Photography Competition will showcase the skills and imagination of professional photographers around the world as they share their techniques and personal anecdotes about cultural and religious traditions during Ramadan.

Ramadan is not only considered to be the most spiritual month in the Islamic calendar but is also a time for families and friends to reunite in peace, prayer and piety. Fasting from sunrise to sunset as a form of spiritual cleansing, self-discipline and empathy for the less fortunate, Muslims during Ramadan practice tolerance, forgiveness and perform good deeds. It is in this spirit that all talented photographers are invited to share their best photography in a unique and unprecedented 30-day visual celebration that will educate and enlighten thousands of viewers around the world.

The competition is open to talented photographers around the world over the age of 18. Cash prizes will be awarded and winners will have their photos published online and in print. Subject categories include: Spiritual, Social & Everything Else. Participants are encouraged to photograph people in prayer, holy places, mosques, iftar and suhoor foods, family gatherings, or even an inspiring shot of natural beauty and landscape taken during the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan Celebrated in Pictures

Name: Naushad Ali
Title: Waiting for Iftar under the shades

Name: Muhammad Mustafa
Title: Preparing his kid for Prayer.
Description: It's Prayer time, teaching your kid Ablution to take his first steps for "Salat" which is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam.
Place: Egypt

Name: Marlon Bautista
Entitled : Sharing
I think Sharing perfectly matches with the spirit of Ramadan: I can see people share their Iftar meals with families and friends, Every Mosque you will find Muslims sharing their food with the poor and elder scholars share their religious teachings.

Name : Aya Shweiki

Name: Salim Al-Harthy
Title: Towards the Mosque
Woman in Abaya rushing to mosque for prayers
Place: Oman - Muscat

Name: Salwa Ali
Title : Colors of Hardwork
Location : Pakistan
Story: Regardless of the conditions,
Whether it be the blazing heat of the sun
Or the desire for cold water while he fasts
The need to earn money and feed his family
Will surely be rewarded by Allah
More than any reward he is given during this lifetime

Name: Meutia Faradilla
Story of the photo : There's tradition in my city (Bandung, Indonesia) called "ngabuburit." It's the time before iftar where people hang around the city, doing things. Most of them are looking for foods for iftar. In this photo, the man sells food, the kind that we will eat for dinner. Every afternoon, we can find people like this man around this street where I took this photo in my city (and on another streets too) who sell foods and snacks. Ramadhan is the month where people not only get the chance to do a lot of ibadaat, but also the chance to earn more money from this business.

Name: Um Faisal
Title: Respect for parents


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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