Monday, August 1, 2011


ramadhan 31st July 2011. sundown near my place. (shot using my phone)

Its already the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. we all should know that, Islam uses a lunar calendar-that determines festive dates in the Islamic calendar. Months alternate between 29 and 30 days. This results in a year 354 days long (29.5 x 12 = 354), roughly 11 days short of the solar year. Thus, Muslim festival dates, compared to the Gregorian calendar, vary from year to year.

The migration (Hijra, HIJ-rah) of the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina (A.D. 622) begins the Islamic calendar. The Islamic year A.H. 1417, for example, begins on 18 May 1996 on the Gregorian calendar.

Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays "move" each year. so this time in 2011, Ramadan begins at sundown on July 31st.

ok guys, here are some quick facts about ramadan:

1. Observing the fourth pillar of Islam has been prescribed during this month, and it is one of the best means by which a person attains piety and forgiveness of sins.

2. The first revelation of the Qur'an as guidance for humanity was given to the Prophet (peace be upon him) during this month.

3. The sunnah of performing the tarawih prayer is observed during this month.

4. The great battle of Badr between the Muslims and the unbelievers took place during Ramadan in the second year of the Hijrah.

5. The Muslims re-entered Makkah victorious during Ramadan in the eighth year of the Hijrah. After this conquest people began to enter the fold of Islam in multitudes, and Makkah became free of polytheism and evil.

Benefits from Ramadan

1. It strengthens one's ties with Allah and trains the soul to observe duties of devotion in accordance with the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

2. It enforces patience and determination in the Muslim individual.

3. It promotes the principle of sincerity by keeping the Muslim away from arrogance and showing off, since it is an act between the individual and his Creator.

4. It promotes good character, particularly truthfulness and trust-worthiness.

5. It encourages the Muslim to do away with bad habits and change his/her circumstances for the better.

6. It enhances generosity, hospitality, and spending on charitable causes.

7. It reinforces feelings of unity and brotherhood among Muslims.

8. It instills orderliness and close observance of the value of time.

9. It serves as an opportunity for children to perform acts of obedience and to practice Islamic acts of worship.

10. It offers a chance to balance one's attention to both physical and spiritual needs.

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