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Ramadan

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on 25 June 2015

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Transcript of Ramadan

What is Ramadan?
9th month of lunar calendar

Very special event that is anticipated all year long

Fasting for 30 days

Time to re-evaluate and clean up our lives, thoughts, and feelings.

Fasting
Spiritual practice in many religions
Muslims fast to obey God's commandment - obedience
Fasting begins at dawn and ends at sunset
During that time, no food, drinks, smoking, sexual relations
Also no false behaviour or speech
Fasting also slows down aging
The Great Depression
1930's
Otto Buchinger
1917
Nightly Prayers
Habits & Culture
Eid Al-Fitr
Festive celebration for a complete month of fasting
1. Strengthen self-control

2. Closeness to God

3. Practice better character

4. Remember the poor

5. Encourage charity and generosity

6. Strengthen social ties

7. Health Benefits!
(Immunity, blood, lungs, intestines, liver, brain, reduced stress, lose weight, and... )
Benefits
Questions?
Fasting is obligatory for all adult Muslims capable of fasting (no children, elderly, sick, disabled, pregnant, etc)
Special Ramadan prayer at night
Charity and generosity especially urged
During Ramadan people increase in prayers, Quran recitation, doing good to others, making food for people
Communities gather in mosques and community centers to pray together
Charity
Zakat Al-Fitr
Morning Eid prayer in mosques with all community members
People wear new clothing
Money gifts for the young ones
Family and friends visit each other
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