Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ramadan 2012

Ramadan Kareem,

It has been announced.  Ramadan has begun here in Egypt.

Muslims conceptualize the start of their new day from Magrib; the prayer at dusk.  This is different and can be confusing to those new to Islam.  At dusk today the crescent moon was sighted and that signals the month of Ramadan has begun.  Tomorrow, Friday, July 20 will be the first day of fasting during daylight hours.

To find the fasting times in your area go here.  You will need to wake BEFORE fajr to eat and drink suhour; the pre-dawn meal which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recommended we eat.  You will obstain from any food, drink, sexual activity or haram activity until magrib. 

I'll be keeping it simple on the blog this Ramadan with an extremely short message each day.  Please check back tomorrow for the first of my Ramadan action messages.  I've written them with the ummah in mind.  Maybe every message will speak to you or maybe just a few.  My goal is to have this month be a positive time of growth and change inshahallah.

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