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Ramadan is Coming!

Do you know the month of Ramadan? It is a holy month for muslims. In the month of Ramadan, the muslims are fasting whole day. This year we are going to fast about 16 hours in the beginings of Ramadan and about 17 hours in the ends of Ramadan. The fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. So it is a must who says I am Muslim.

Let's look at the pillars of Islam:

1. The Profession of Faith—The Shahada 

The Profession of Faith, the shahada, is the most fundamental expression of Islamic beliefs. It simply states that “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” It underscores the monotheistic nature of Islam. It is an extremely popular phrase in Arabic calligraphy and appears in numerous manuscripts and religious buildings.



2. Daily Prayers—Salat 

Muslims are expected to pray five times a day. This does not mean that they need to attend a mosque to pray; rather, the salat, or the daily prayer, should be recited five times a day. Muslims can pray anywhere; however, they are meant to pray towards Mecca. The faithful pray by bowing several times while standing and then kneeling and touching the ground or prayer mat with their foreheads, as a symbol of their reverence and submission to Allah. On Friday, many Muslims attend a mosque near midday to pray and to listen to a sermon, khutba.



3. Alms-Giving—Zakat 

The giving of alms is the third pillar. Muslims believe that they are meant to share their wealth with those less fortunate in their community of believers.

4. Fasting during Ramadan—Saum

During the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims are expected to fast from dawn to dusk. While there are exceptions made for the sick, elderly, and pregnant, all are expected to refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. 

5. Pilgrimage to Mecca—Hajj 

All Muslims who are able are required to make the pilgrimage to Mecca and the surrounding holy sites at least once in their lives. Pilgrimage focuses on visiting the Kaaba and walking around it seven times. Pilgrimage occurs in the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar.



We are fasting during daylight hours as I mentioned above. At the nights we are praying Tarawih. The first Tarawih of this Ramadan will be performed on Sunday night (05.05.19) and the first fast will be in the day after. So the holy month of Ramadan is coming! I am going to recite more Qur'an during this month and make du'a for the good of all mankind!

Do you have some muslim friends? Are they fasting also? Please write your feelings and comments. 

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  1. My Muslim friends will be fasting too.

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  2. happy Ramadhan.... may god bless you and yours

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  3. That was an informative summary of Islam.

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    1. Yes it is Binky. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I'm actually not familiar with the Mulsim religion at all, but thank you for sharing. I learned a little more about your religion today. I did hear about the fasting, but wasn't aware of the cultural reason behind it until now.

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    1. I am so happy now as you learn something from my blog. Thanks for stopping by Atsuna...

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  5. ...I remember several years ago when Ramadan was in December. It must be a bit easier when the days were short. My best wishes to you at the special time of year.

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    1. Thanks Tom. Yes in winter days it is so easy to fast however while in summer days it is difficult and unfortunately some of the muslims can not fast which is not acceptable from me.

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  6. thanks you for the detailed eplanation. Very well written out and beautiful photos! Happy Celebrations!

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  7. Thank you for sharing some information with us about what it means to be a Muslim. Through education comes understanding.

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    1. You are so right: Through education comes understanding. We need to learn before talking about any topic!

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  8. I wish you a most happy Ramadan!

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  9. I send sincere regards of peace to my Muslim brothers and sisters!

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    1. Thanks Cloudia! We are accepting them. :)

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  10. Where I work we have several Muslims. I have never seen them pray but do know they fast during Ramadan and that it can be difficult. I didn't realize until lately that one could not drink water during the fast. Most of my non-Muslim coworkers are understanding. Last year a group went out of town on a trip to a small town and my coworkers delayed their evening meal until Muslim partner could join them.

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    1. As you said, unfortunately we are not real(!) muslims; we don't pray 5 times a day however we are rushing into fasting! We are all sinner!

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  11. Must be difficult when it is hot !

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    1. Hope Allah make it easy for us, Gattina!

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  12. A very interesting post. Thank you and Happy Ramadan to you and your family and friends.

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  13. I see many Muslims now in my country. Ramadan would be a good time to thank for foods given us.

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  14. I am familiar with the pillars of Islam and Ramadan due to extensive reading throughout the years, but I enjoyed reading about it again.
    Be well.

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