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]

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Ramadan 2012 During Summer in USA

Muslims Will be Tested During the Hot Summer Days of Ramadan

Ramadan 1433 (2012)

For many Muslims in the US, this year's Ramadan falls during the hot summer days. During Ramadan, Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset, neither eating nor drinking.

In the US, the days are long during the summer. Temperatures (heat and humidity) can soar during summer as well. For instance, in Boston, MA on the east coast of the US, the imsak time (the time to start the fast) will range from 3.49 am on the first day of Ramadan to 4.31 am on the last day of Ramadan. And the iftar time (the time to end the fast) will range from 8.16 pm on the first day of Ramadan to 7.41 pm on the last day of Ramadan. 

The hours of fast are longer than in previous years. For examples, in Minnesota the daily Ramadan fast will be about 16 to 17 hours long. And religious and spiritual obligations do not end with simply abstaining from food and drink during the day. In the night, there are prayers too. So the hours of rest will be reduced during this Ramadan period.

Muslims fasting in the US will have to manage the heat, the long hours, and reduced sleep, all while maintaining their religious and spiritual obligations.

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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.

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1 Comments:

Blogger A Wolf Will said...

I am not Muslim I am christian and I would like to say I have Fasted for today to see how difficult it is and YES IT IS VERY HARD! I would like to say to all now doing Ramadan I wish you the very best and good blessing during this time now and always.

-Wolf
Macon, GA

July 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM  

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