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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.
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.
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Lent in Indonesia: Life only changes if we are influenced by God
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Church of Karachi begins Lenten preparation
Each year, the local Catechetical Centre organizes meditations and gatherings with prayer and singing, to help the faithful to live Lent. An activity joined by more and more faithful.
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
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