Islam Awareness Month
Asalammu aliakum and peace unto you all!
Inshallah, god willing, Ramadan will begin September 1st this year and the BMSA is excited to begin the spiritual journey as a group as well as have it open to all interested Brandeis students!
If you aren't familiar with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan here is a brief summary:
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. It begins with the sighting of the new moon after which all those of physically mature and healthy being are expected to abstain from all food, drink, and any kind of sexual contact between dawn and sunset.
However, that is merely the physical component of the fast. The aspects of one's behavior one needs to be aware of include refraining from gossiping, lying, slandering and all traits of bad character; all unnecessary sights and sounds are to be avoided and a purity of thought and action is paramount.
The fast is an exacting act of deeply personal worship in which God is to be ever more at the center of one's feelings, thoughts and actions. The act of fasting redirects the heart away from worldly activities, reduces one's daily tempo and draws one towards The Divine.
Over the month of Ramadan it is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. The month' s fasting is intended to help teach oneself, self-discipline, self-restraint as well as to help oneself build a greater awareness of the forces that are around our beings all the time and how we ourselves can interact with them in a more harmonious way. It also reminds oneself of the suffering of those less fortunate than ourselves and the generosity that we can all share with others.
Ramadan, like Christmas or Hanukkah, is a time to spend with friends and family, the fast will often be broken by different families and friends coming together to share in an evening meal.
The last ten days of Ramadan are a time of special spiritual power as everyone tries to come closer to God through devotion and an improved state. As the month of Ramadan draws to a close, there is a search in the sky for the next full moon. When the full moon is sighted the three-day festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr (happiness of breaking the fast) is ushered in.
( we all know that was brief, no complaining )
Checkout the FACEBOOK event here.
On the Brandeis campus, there will be provided and sponsored dinners EVERY evening and they are especially open to all non-Muslims! The Brandeis Muslim Student Association looks forward to seeing and answering any question you may have about the month of Ramadan!
Welcome to Islamic Awareness Month!!
HADITH from Bukhari
Volume 3, Book 31, Number 124:
    Narrated Ibn Umar: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "When you see the crescent (of the month of Ramadan), start fasting, and when you see the crescent (of the month of Shawwal), stop fasting; and if the sky is overcast (and you can't see It) then regard the crescent (month) of Ramadan (as of 30 days)".
Monday, September 1, 2008
Observing and sharing the spiritual experience!