This message relates to Ramadan (Islam) which is observed from June 28 through the evening of July 28, 2014.
Ramadan is observed on the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar, when Muslims believe Allah revealed to Muhammad, through the angel Gabriel, the first verse of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Muhammad continued to receive these revelations throughout the rest of his life.
During this sacred month of Ramadan, Muslims from around the world spend the daylight hours fasting. Muslims use this time for inner reflection, devotion to God and self-control. Fasting, the Fourth Pillar (obligation) of Islam serves many purposes: While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.
Ramadan will end the evening of July 28th, commencing a joyous three day festival, “Eid al-Fitr.” “Fitr” means “to break,” as Muslims end the fasting period with food and festivities.
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Eveadean M. Myers, J.D.
Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach
Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator
Fulbright Scholar Japan 2013
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