America is a place of diversity, at least that's what they say. There are many unique cultures living in the states and each of them has their own special traditions and values, their ethnicity, their favorite foods and attire, and their religions. Doesn't it sound wonderful to live in a tolerant society, a colorful melting pot of individuals, all living together in harmony? Well, it would be wonderful if it was true but it's not, even if the … [Read More...]
Does the first experience of Ramadan begin the same for everyone? It all depends on the time and where this all takes place. Consider the time to be during the year 1955 or early 1956, and the place was Oakland when I experienced my first month of fasting. I don’t remember for sure just what time of year it was since time has elapsed.
The ordinary calendars said nothing about when Ramadan should begin. There was very little printed … [Read More...]
For centuries Muslim practices have included an intermittent fast in Ramadan, a time re-evaluate their lives, make peace with those who've wronged them, spend time with family and friends, do break bad habits like over indulgence. Several Christian groups and organizations have utilized fasting for spiritual reasons as well as fasting and prayer which have gone hand in hand for centuries. Today, dieter's and the recently health conscious looking … [Read More...]
At the start of Ramadan, believers abstain from sustenance from dusk until dawn to heighten their spiritual and physical awareness. As the fast is broken in the evening, it's about having a healthy relationship with, and savoring, the food you take part in and giving thanks to God. What the Ramadan fast isn't is a reason to over eat which can be both physically and emotionally draining.
During Ramadan, many individuals have a tendency to … [Read More...]