The customs of the Islamic holy month are familiar to its faithful, but what do non-Muslims need to know about the month of fasting?Take a look back at a favorite post from Alt editors, Asma Uddin and Shazia Kamal Farook.That said — we don’t mind if you help work in a nap time for us! There are iftar dinners held at mosques every night (you are welcome to join the fun – even if you’re not fasting!
One's faith is often difficult to put in words, let alone in general categories.Most Muslims will find that these categories do not make room for the complex role Islam plays in their life.Make it a little easier on your Muslim colleague by following a couple of simple rules: The Greeting. Try switching the break time conversation to another location in the office.The next time you find yourself in line for the copier with your Muslim colleague, feel free to wish him or her “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem” or simply “Happy Ramadan.” We absolutely love it when people acknowledge Ramadan and are happy about it. Keep in mind that we’re fasting voluntarily and, actually, pretty joyously (despite the tired, sad look on our face). In fact, we wait for this month the whole year, so you don’t have to feel sorry for us. Most of us understand that life goes on, and so do lunch meetings, and if we are participating in them while fasting, don’t worry about eating in front of us. We appreciate your acknowledging our fast, but don’t feel the need to discuss it every time you show up in our line of sight holding food. You should probably also let them skip their turn for the coffee run this time. While God may tell us that the breath of the one fasting is like “fragrant musk” to Him, we know that you’re not God – and aren’t enjoying it. Iftar is the Arabic word for the meal served at sunset when we break the fast (it’s literally our ‘breakfast’).This regimentation is an excellent means for spiritual and moral improvement.
Through fasting, the human being comes to grip with his carnal self, taming his physical appetites, subduing his greed and lust, and thus traversing a path which progressively elevates his consciousness from the physical to the moral and ultimately to the spiritual dimension of his being.Muslims all over the world observe the annual fast during the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, in keeping with a divine commandment documented in Chapter 2, Verse 185 of the Holy Qur'an.Furthermore, Allah states, "O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed to those before you in order that you may attain taqwa" (Chapter 2, Verse 183). Taqwa implies guarding one's self from evil and the imbibing of all elements of righteousness, thus reflecting the essence of piety.This consciousness and submission is in a cultivation of self-discipline and is the ideal catalyst to improve society by improving the individual self.It is also by means of fasting that those who never have to hunger or thirst are (to some extent) made personally aware of the plight of the underprivileged, which thus evokes a degree of social consciousness.Veel van deze vrouwen zijn wanhopige alleenstaande moeders en gehuwde vrouwen die op zoek zijn naar spannend plezier. Ga je ermee akkoord om de identiteit van deze vrouwen geheim te houden?