Congratulations to those who fasted during the month of Ramadan in, for some in the West, is the hardest time of the year to do so, the summer months of heat and long daylight hours. It is quite a feat. It also appears God helped you divert a catastrophe for some, by making the month 29 days and making it easy to spot the crescent moon for those of you who take that kind of thing seriously. There were some bumps along the way however…just ask the people of Ras al-Khaimah in the UAE.
Naturally there are countries that will have their eid celebration on different days and that’s a part of the diversity of Islam, isn’t it? The earth is not flat, it’s round, multi-dimensional, multi-cultural, but wherever you are enjoy your day of feast and celebration. Pray for those in war torn areas who hopefully can take the time out from their troubles to reflect on something that may be positive about where they are and pray for them that their suffering may be relieved. Finally, take a moment to thank the Creator for the Mercy He extends to all humanity, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Mercy is a Beautiful thing; an attribute we should try to embody more often in our day to day interactions.
It all started with my tweet on Thursday evening that said
and the article linked to was rather detailed and explicit in its explanation at how the end of the month of fasting is arrived. And no, I really don’t want to rekindle the calculations vs. sighting debate that ravages the Muslim world on the occasion of the two biggest celebrations of the Muslim calendar. The determination for when to start and end the month should be one made by the community as much as by consensus of the world-wide Muslim community. There really is no such thing as a pan-Islamic organization or movement despite what the Islamophobes may say or think.
I have noticed however, that a lot of Muslim communities like to tie their observance of these two Eids with the countries in the Arabian peninsula for reasons I don’t entirely understand but for those of you who do, then this is the definitive announcement for you for Eid al-Fitr for 2012. Eid will be observed on Sunday, August 19 in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. No doubt the other GCC countries in the peninsula will mark their celebrations on the same day, although there is no official announcement to that effect as of the time of this post. It’s also important to note some where in the global community Muslims may decide to celebrate Eid on Saturday, 18 August or on Monday, 20 August and to them this message is the same. To the millions of Muslims fasting and waiting for the Eid celebration let me congratulate you on completing an arduous task at a very difficult time of the year. I hope it was spiritually rewarding for you and equally important I hope that your prayers and fast are answered and accepted.
- Eid Al Fitr Mubarak (desertpeace.wordpress.com)
- All About the Eid Al-Fitr Celebration: Rulings, Etiquette, and Sunnah (altahrir.wordpress.com)
- EID AL – FITR….. the count Down (mimiiluv.wordpress.com)
nk his heart is in the right place, although I don’t know if I agree with the the conjugal background for his reason but that’s for another blog. However, Huffington Post has a blog devoted to people who are reflecting on why they are or are not fasting during Ramadan….not all of the people who write are Muslim it appears, and it’s worth a look now and then. I chose this one for reasons of my own.
My girlfriend is Muslim, but she is also very supportive in all of my endeavors. So, I decided to do half-day fasts for six days out of the week, and one full day. We live in a pretty rural area where Muslims are few and far between. It’s the closest thing she has to fellowship, aside from her family.
The first day of Ramadan was July 19. It is now July 27, and I am starting to understand why folks fast. I do feel like my thought process changes, and I feel much closer to God. Religion is religion. Christianity and Islam have very similar underlying themes, and most don’t notice we do worship the same God. Just because we call Him a different name doesn’t mean we’re not talking to the same person.
Fasting food every day is easy, but the liquids are what really kill me. I have been very tired during my morning anatomy class, and every time I pass Arnold Palmers in the beverage section in Speedway, a little part of me dies. But, I believe I will come out of the other side of this a better man.
— Matt Schiffbauer