Thursday, September 4, 2008

What is Ramadan for the Muslims?

"The name "Ramadan" is the name of the ninth month. The word itself derived from an Arabic word *rmd as in "ramida" or "ar-ramad" denoting intense heat, scorched ground, and shortness of rations. It is considered the most venerated and blessed month of the Islamic year. Prayers, *sawm (fasting), charity, and self-accountability are especially stressed at this time. Religious observances associated with Ramadan are kept throughout the month. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims do not eat or drink anything from dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the person patience and humility. It is a time to fast for the sake of God, and to offer even more prayer than usual. In Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance into the future, ask for help in refrain from everyday evils and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds." (source: wikipedia.com).

In light of this month's observance of Ramadan, may our Muslim brothers even put to practice what the Islamic teachings are deeply rooted into in view of their search for genuine peace.

Though am a borne Catholic, my deep respect for others' religion remains intact. I remain hopeful that inspite of our differences in beliefs or ideals, may we be united into reaching one common goal- and that is PEACE.

4 comments:

Panaderos said...

Amen to that.

prinsesamusang said...

sama ko diyan. sana nga.

pchi said...

well said nyl!

thank you for enlightening me about Ramadan...

was too lazy to look it up (hehe)

peace to the Philippines!

Amen!

by the way, awarded you.. check it when you have time

soulsheik said...

I have lot of muslim friends. Though I'm christian, I do fast during Ramadan(para maka-binge din ako pasko at bagong taon).

Depriving oneself of food and water, stirs the heart,cleanses the spirit, and make us lucid.