Are you looking for information about Ramadan? According to Hilal Committee chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman, the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan has begun. See below for information regarding Ramadan including the Ramadan calendar, Ramadan prayer times, Ramadan celebrations, and a Ramadan video message from Barack Obama.

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Ramadan Begins

The beginning of Ramadan is based upon the Islamic calendar and observing the first waxing crescent moon. Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, sex, and indulging in anything that is in excess or “ill-natured”; from dawn until dusk. This year, according to the Ramadan calendar, it will begin on August 23rd and end with the feast of Eid on September 20, 2009. Even Barack Obama is getting in on Ramadan by pandering by sending a welcome message to all Muslims worldwide.

For those participating in Ramadan, the practice of “Fasting” is meant to teach the Muslim patience, modesty and spirituality. Ramaḍan is a time to fast “for the sake of Allah”, and to offer more prayers then usual. Some muslims may need more prayer then others I suppose – especially those who cut off heads of infidels. The Ramadan prayer times are quite organized worldwide. You can go here, log in your zip code, and find your Ramadan prayer time so I am assuming this is a Mullah-approved site. You can go here to find a Hijri and Gregorian calendar for Ramadan.

During Ramaḍan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, read the entire Qur’an or Koran, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. As compared to solar calendar, the date for the Ramadan calendar does vary, moving forward about ten days each year.

The Islamic holiday of “Eid ul-Fitr” marks the end of the fasting period of the Ramadan holiday. Eid ul-Fitr means the Festival of Breaking the Fast; a special celebration is a good muslim’s reward for participating in Ramadan. Food is donated to the poor, everyone puts on their best – usually new – clothes, and communal Ramadan prayer time is held in the early morning, followed by feasting and visiting relatives and friends. The “Eid” falls after 29 or 30 days on the Ramadan calendar and signals the end of Ramadan.

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