Ramadan 2011, Philippines

Ramadan 2011

ramadan philippines 2011

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan (Ramadhan, Ramadaan, Ramazan) took place on the ninth month of Islamic calendar. Ramadan is an activity of Muslims all over the world and is more popular to have known to be a month-long of fasting which normally lasted within 29 - 30 days.

Fasting on Ramadan means that the dedicated Muslims refrains from taking anything within the body, both solid and liquid, during the daytime. On night, the whole month is dedicated to reevaluate their faith according to islamic guidance.

According to islamic teachings, Ramadan is more about fasting or not eating and drinking on day hours. The Arabic word for "fasting" is "sawm", which literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.

Muslims are not refraining themselves from eating and drinking on day time. Day time is defined as the hours between 4am to 6pm, which means that they can eat only between 6pm to 4am. This daytime fasting will happen for 29-30 consecutive days.

However, pregnant women and sick persons are allowed not to follow this religous tradition.

Here is an extract from about.com as it discussed about Ramadam.

During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

Here in the Philippines, Ramadan was recognized as a national mark that was observed throughout the country. With this, the Philippine president is declaring the end of Ramadan as a national special holiday which will fall on August 30, 2011 of this year.

[ August 30, 2011 was declared by Malacanang as an special non-working holiday ]

Image Credit: Inquirer.net


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