» 07/20/2012, 00.00
Ramadan begins for millions of Muslims
The month of fasting only begins in some Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt due to the different position of the crescent moon. In the coming days it will start around the world. The month commemorates the revelation of the Koran to Muhammad from Allah. The end of Ramadan is scheduled for August 20, with the feast of Eid al-Fitr.
Dubai (AsiaNews) - Millions of Muslims
in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Yemen,
Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt,
Tunisia and Algeria are
beginning the holy month of Ramadan, that with his fasting is one of the five
pillars of Islam. In Oman, Iran, Syria
Ramadan will begin tomorrow. The period is calculated based on the sighting of
the first crescent moon in the night sky and this will vary from area to area.
With Ramadan, Muslims commemorate Allah's revelation of the first verses of the
Koran to Muhammad, by his sending the angel Gabriel. Every person who has
passed the age of puberty and is mentally and physically healthy is obligated
to fast. Tradition has it that the daily fast begins when you can distinguish a
white thread from a black thread. In villages and cities it is announced by the
muezzin call to prayer of 'Al Fajr (morning prayer). Fasting ends at sunset
with the Al - Magrib (sunset prayer) which announces the iftar dinner to be shared
with the whole family.
Fasting is one of the crucial aspects of Ramadan and is one of the five pillars
(duties) of Islam. Its establishment dates from the second year of
'"hijra" (622 AD). The period corresponds to the flight of Mohammed
from Mecca to the oasis of Yathrib renamed Medina (Madinat al Nabi,
the city of the prophet), to escape the hostility of the tribes who saw the
leader and his followers a threat to their interests. He instituted the fast among
his followers to nourish their spirit and morale, thus reminding them of those
who have nothing to eat. For this reason, during Ramadan, in addition to
fasting and prayer, the people carry out acts of charity towards the poor and
Those exempted from fasting are: people with psychological problems, children
under the age of puberty, the elderly, the sick, travelers, pregnant women,
nursing mothers, or women who have just begun the menstrual cycle. Whoever does
not pray and fast still must carry out a daily act of charity towards the poor.
As an exercise, many parents make their children observe a mini-fast (half
During the holy month, many Muslims go to Mecca
for Umrah. Alongside the Haji it is one of the pilgrimages prescribed by the
The last ten days of Ramadan are the most important, during which the Layalat
al-Qadr, the night of power, during which Allah revealed the Koran to Muhammad,
The period ends with the feast of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of fasting. For
three days all the families organize banquets and feasts and exchange gifts.
06/06/2016 17:43:00 ISLAM
Muslims celebrate the start of Ramadan, amid appeals for mercy and food warning
Islam’s holy month of fasting and prayer begins today. King Saudi Salman Saudi mentions the "suffering" in the world because of "terrorism." In Amman Caritas’ restaurant of mercy provides free iftar meals. Chaldean Patriarch issues a message of peace and reconciliation to our "Muslim brothers and sisters". Doctors and nutritionist warn of obesity and eating disorders.
Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan ends today (for Sunnis)
For Shia Muslims, the festival of Eid begins tomorrow. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon (Sunnis) announce the end of Ramadan, which commemorates the period during which the Koran was revealed to Muhammad.
Lent: money saved by fasting to aid poor Filipinos
The bishops urge the population to support during Lent the Hagap-Asa (Hope), to help more than 120 thousand poor children and their families. In 2008, three out of ten children have gone hungry. In some areas of the country's poverty rate reaches 30%.
Pope: Lent, charity means giving oneself, not just giving "things"
In his message for Lent, Benedict XVI writes that it is foreign to the Gospel perspective to do good deeds expecting a personal return, perhaps in terms of public image. The entire Gospel is summed up in the commandment of charity, and according to the example of Jesus, what gives value to all almsgiving is love, which inspires different forms of giving, according to the opportunities and conditions of each one.
17/02/2016 12:02:00 INDONESIA
Lent in Indonesia: Life only changes if we are influenced by God
Many initiatives launched by the 37 dioceses in the country on Ash Wednesday. With the project "Development and fasting" the faithful donate surplus food and money in favor of those in need. Many dioceses launch prayer chains that will end in October. Renewal of family ministry: "The Christian home is the place of children’s education to charity."
HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"
John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
The "enemies" of Pope Francis
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
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