Ramadan a time to reflect

Ramadan a time to reflect

There are 45 comments on the The Miami Herald story from Jul 19, 2012, titled Ramadan a time to reflect. In it, The Miami Herald reports that:

Starting Friday, more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will observe the month of Ramadan, fasting dawn until sunset.

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#47 Jul 29, 2012
off topic mr spammer...
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Braddock, PA

#48 Jul 30, 2012
You're not off the topic george whyte!! These small minded,can't think/reason for themselves,died in the woolmuzzies do not like it when you prove them wrong!! They compare themselves to Christians but I do not know any that do this kind of stuff..Keep up the good work on exposing them!!!!! And if you have another thought than these backwards,cave dwellers, they call you names because they have nothing to offer back..

Pittsfield, MA

#49 Jul 30, 2012
Ramadan: A time to reflect, devote and give

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#50 Jul 30, 2012
RADEKT wrote:
the problem is that the ones who don't believe it will never speak out against the extremists
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Exactly, they only add to it and therefor their culpability.

Pittsfield, MA

#51 Jul 30, 2012
Islamic Holidays and Observances
Ramadan is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. There are as many meanings of Ramadan as there are Muslims.

The third "pillar" or religious obligation of Islam, fasting has many special benefits. Among these, the most important is that it is a means of learning self-control. Due to the lack of preoccupation with the satisfaction of bodily appetites during the daylight hours of fasting, a measure of ascendancy is given to one's spiritual nature, which becomes a means of coming closer to God. Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur'an, giving charity, purifying one's behavior, and doing good deeds.

As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning to thankfulness and appreciation for all of God's bounties. Fasting is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence.

Who Fasts in Ramadan?
While voluntary fasting is recommended for Muslims, during Ramadan fasting becomes obligatory. Sick people, travelers, and women in certain conditions are exempted from the fast but must make it up as they are able. Perhaps fasting in Ramadan is the most widely practiced of all the Muslim forms of worship.

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