Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Ramadhan Kareem!

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#credit to dryicons.com for the background

Ramadhan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, believed by Muslims to be the holiest month of the entire year. Its reverence signifies the revelation of the Holy Qur'an to Prophet Muhammad. During this month, Muslims throughout the world fast from dawn until dusk. The word Ramadhan comes from the Arabic root word ramida or ar-ramad, which means 'intense heat and dryness'. It is a fitting name for the month in which Muslims endure the heat of hunger and thirst.

Ramadhan begins with the sighting of the new moon and ends when the first crescent of the next new moon rises, declaring the start of a new month called Shawwal. The first day of Shawwal is marked by a joyous celebration called Eid ul-Fitr, meaning 'Festival of Breaking Fast'. This festival starts off with special congregational prayers in mosques or Islamic centers, followed by hearty feasts and socializing.

FASTING.


The act of abstaining from food, drink and sexual intercourse is so prevalent during the month that people often misunderstand Ramadhan to mean fasting. Actually, the Arabic word for fasting is sawm. Fasting begins with suhoor, which is a light meal or snack at dawn, and ends with iftar or breaking fast, a full meal just after sunset.

Fasting is two-faceted, involving the physical and spiritual aspects of Islam. Physically, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking or having any form of sexual contact from sunrise until sunset. Spiritually, Muslims refrain from negative habits, such as gossipping, cursing, lying and badmouthing others. Additionally, Muslims avoid obscene sights and sounds.

Fasting strips away the distraction of worldly pleasures and enables Muslims to concentrate on inner reflection and heightened purity of thought and action. Ramadhan is the month to pray, perform good deeds and pass time with family and friends. It is also a time to remember the poor and how they suffer to get even one meal per day. In fact, at the end of Ramadhan, Muslims are encouraged to give fitra, a sufficient amount of charity to feed one person for a day.

Muslims who find fasting a problem are not obliged to perform the one-month fast during Ramadhan. The elderly, very young children and sickly people are exempted from fasting. Those who have a temporary condition that prevents them from fasting are required to make up for any missed days after Ramadhan. If their condition is permanent or extended for a long period of time, they can provide charity to feed a needy person for each day missed.

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8 comments:

Nor said...

Assalamualaikum
I love your art! I would be grateful if I could feature some of them in my blog metamorfo515.blogspot.com.
Selamat menunaikan amal ibadah di bulan Ramadhan semoga Allah SWT merahmati dan memelihara adik.

littleMuslimah said...

Waalaikumussalam
Alhamdulillah, thanks (^^,)

of course.. those arts were made to be shared.. feel free to do so.

Selamat beribadah di bulan Ramadhan juga. semoga Allah redha.

chuhar said...

salam...blh x kalo sy nk gunakan pic kt atas as my profile pic kt fb ^__^ i love it......

littleMuslimah said...

w'salam.. boleh je. guna je as long as utk tujuan kebaikan. (^^,)

Cujie said...

Assalamualaikum,

Can I crtl+c & crtl+v at my blog this cute banner...
terima kasih in advance :))

p/s : selamat berpuasa...

littleMuslimah said...

@Cujie

Wa'alaikumussalam wbt

Can.. hehehe..

Selamat berpuasa juga. Semoga Ramadhan kali ini adalah yg terbaek! ^^

Anonymous said...

Beautiful art mashallah! Well done for such wonderful creativity!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful art mashallah! Well done for such wonderful creativity!