Saturday, 24 November 2007

Ramadan Holiday: Every person is the same in front of God

The 30 day Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer and celebration.


Fasting means letting nothing pass the lips no food, drink, chewing gum, tobacco smoke or, for the strictly observant, not even licking an envelope or postage stamp from sunrise to sunset. Observant Muslims also refrain from sexual intercourse during daylight in the holy month. Most Muslims, whether strictly observant or not, use the holy month and the stricture of fasting to help the examine their lives, to remind themselves of virtues like charity, compassion and forgiveness, and to avoid vices like cupidity, selfishness and dishonesty.


Ramadan is also a time of celebration and after sunset the feasting begins with a carnival “break fast” light meal called iftar. It always includes freshly-baked flat pide bread and usually soup, pickled vegetables, olives and other easily- prepared edibles. Elaborate dinners are held later in the evening. Strings of colored lights festoon trees and buildings, mosques are illuminated and crowded with worshippers. A carnival atmosphere prevails with temporary booths, selling religious books and paraphernalia, traditional snacks and stuff for the kids. In the middle of the night drummers circulate through towns and villages to wake sleepers so they can prepare Sahur, the big early-morning meal to be eaten before the fast begins again at sunrise. Many restaurants offer special banquet-like Ramadan menus at night. Some restaurants which normally serve alcoholic beverages may refrain from doing so during the holy month, offering fruit juices and other drinks instead. It would be polite for you to observe this stricture if you are in an establishment where others are refraining from school.

Fasting means internal purification of human by refusing to eat and devote the time for praying to God. Ramadan also aims to remind wealthy people that there are poor persons and ……. By fasting. They feel the hunger and can clearly understand the feelings of the poor. Most medical experts agree that fasting is very useful for the health. That is during the fasting, the organism of humans passes into the stage of resting. Thus, internal organs can be purihed from damaging elements. Holy book of Muslim Quran says that ill persons, pregnant women and very old person can avoid the fasting as their health condition can be detorriared without the meals, drinks or drugs. The energy that can be spent the consumption of meal is spent for the strengthen the body, especially the functions of the liver.

LEMAN GAIDOVA- 18 years old, student
- The last day of fasting It's name is Id-al-Fitr holiday. As it is shown from the name of this holiday, the faithful, who was fasting for a month, had to bring fitr (food) to the representative of the clergy. Fitr is a gift. It is usually food or money, and quite often both. During this holiday there are a lot of congratulations, entertainment's and visiting.
Seymour Kazimov

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