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Old 08-10-2010, 02:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ramadan Kareem 2010

With the imminent start of Ramadan 2010, id like to wish everyone here on TFP a Ramadan Kareem 2010.

It is the Islamic holy month of charity, generosity and alms giving, good will and forgiveness, abstinance, and perseverance. So i wanted to pass on these good wishes to everyone here on TFP for making TFP what it is today. A place of mutual discussion and respect where just about anyone can share their beliefs and lives with like-minded mature adults.

For those that dont know (or forgot) the month of Ramadan is a time where muslims physically abstain from food, water, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset.

However, this month is not just the action of abstaining from these things, but rather a transformation of the person to find a better part of themselves spiritually. It is a time of sharing a meal with neighbours, friends and even reconciling with foes.

So keeping with this tradition, i reach out to everyone here at TFP and wish you all a pleasant Ramadan. For those of you not lucky enough to know any muslims (or even if you do), head down to your local mosque and experience the hospitality that Ramadan can bring, and hopefully build a few more bridges in this world.

Ramadan Kareem to all
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ramadan Kareem to you too, dlish!
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the good wishes, Dlish.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ramadan karim, D! I hope your month is full of focus and purification, that you have time for a richness of dhikr and muraqaba, and that this Ramadan brings you to fullness of iman and ihsan, and closer to being one of nafs-i-mutma'inna.

I hope I understood all those terms right....
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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to you and yours, d...
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Allah akram, dlish.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Best wishes for your Ramadan! I hope you learn and grow.

(also, thank you for the reminder!)
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Boy, Ramadan sneaks up on me every year. You'd think I'd remember it because it's generally just a week or two after my birthday.

From a dietary standpoint, try not to exert yourself physically too much during the day. I'd suggest exercising in the morning a good 30 minutes before Suhoor, if possible. 40-50% carbs, 30-40% protein, and 20% fats in the morning and 50% protein, 30% carbs, and 20% fats in the evening. I figure that'd keep you mentally fit throughout the day without gaining weight at night. Good sleep and good wake make for better reflection, I'd imagine.

Ramadan mubarak!
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Ramadan karim.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I hope you have the best month of Ramadan a fellow could have, dlish!
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the kind wishes, dlish. You inspired me to think about the meaning of all this.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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thanks for the well wishes everyone. This place wouldnt be the same without you all. i may stand out like a sore thumb in here sometimes, but i feel at home. thanks again!

Today is the first day of Ramadan, so i look forward to seeing positive changes in myself and others around me in the coming month.

levite, wow. i'm impressed. many muslims dont even know what those concepts are. A time of reflection, devotion, rememberence, self criticism and contention with what we have. do they teach you these in rabbanical school?

will - thanks for the tips. however, training at suhoor time is really tough, since suhoor is 4am, which doesnt leave much time for sleep! my training regime is going to change definately. i did a long run yesterday, because i dont think i would be able to do one without wearing myself out in Ramadan. My training will be after Iftar but wont be as intense.

I look forward to the festivities that ramadan brings, the atmosphere it creates and the happiness it generates around the globe. I will try and capture what Ramadan is in some pictures here and share them with TFP.

This year i plan on joining my family back home in Sydney for Eid al Fitr (the festival marking the end of Ramadan). it would be interesting to see the contrast between Ramadan here in the UAE and Ramadan in Sydney..
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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You stand out in an enlightening fashion..for all.

Peace & joy to you and everyone that you have touched & those that have touched you.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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levite, wow. i'm impressed. many muslims dont even know what those concepts are. A time of reflection, devotion, rememberence, self criticism and contention with what we have. do they teach you these in rabbanical school?
Nope, that's all from my own study, my friend-- though I don't presume to have understood everything I've read, that's for sure! Rabbinical school doesn't give us much detail of other religions-- we barely have enough time to cover what we need to cover about Judaism. But how could I possibly converse productively with our Muslim cousins, our fellow children of Abraham if I don't even know what they do to connect with themselves and with God?

In any case, again, Ramadan karim and (when it gets here) Eid mubarak! Hope you have a great time with your family, Down Under!
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:21 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Ramadan Kareem

Best wishes to you and your beautiful family dlish.

I look forward to seeing your pictures.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:20 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Ramadan Mubarak, mate!

I just have to say, as well, that this thread makes me feel all warm an' fuzzy an' optimistic inside.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:47 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:15 AM   #19 (permalink)
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just thought i'd post this in here. Some of you may have seen it on CNN in the last day or two.

two american muslims from NYC are doing a tour around the States visiting 30 mosques in 30 days in Ramadan. basically a mosque a day in a different state. Their intentions are to sample islam in different states, blog about their experience, about the people they meet and the food they eat. They started in NYC and visited the so-called "Ground Zero" mosque. A befitting start to a whirlwind tour.

It takes them across muslims across different walks of life and give another perspective on muslims in the US.

30 Mosques
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