Ramadan Mubarak everyone,
Its that time of year again and it seems as if it was only a few months ago when I took on my part in fasting in the month of Ramadan. I can honestly say its been a good year for my family. Truly Allah ‘Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’ has watched over us.
Here is some info on Ramadan I’d like to share with you
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 to 30 days. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.
Muslims fast for the sake of God and to offer more prayer than usual. Compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards by about eleven days each year depending on the moon; thus, a person will have fasted every day of the calendar year in 34 years’ time.
Allah is the Arabic word for “God.” It is also considered by all Muslims to be one of the names of God. Therefore, whenever Muslims mention Allah, they are simply referring to God. In fact, even non-Muslim Arabs such as Christian Arabs use the word Allah to refer to God.
What is the meaning of “(swt)”
Many append “(swt)” after mentioning Allah as an acronym for “Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala” When typing or wring even Muslims use shorthand just like everyone else. The meaning in English: May He be Glorified and Exalted
What is Islam
Islam is “Peace” as God intended it to be for everyone. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness just as all those who believe in the words given to us by God
What is the Qur’an?
The Qur’an is a book. Like that of the Torah and Bible. It’s God’s words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad ‘peace by upon him’. I have read all three books, and while there are dissimilarities between them all. They all pass along the root message prescribed by GOD like that of a doctor to each and everyone of us. God has given us the free mind to choose what to follow or not to follow at all.
Muslim follow the words that are written in the Qur’an.
Looking for some good resources to learn about Islam, try these:
http://www.isna.net , http://www.islamicity.com , http://www.listen2quran.com