think it's so important for all of us to understand each others cultures.
This Presentation is a wonderful way to introduce students to Islam.
It's a fantastic presentation"
thought the presentation was very imformative it was great to have
clarification on topics related to Islam. Next time I will have my
students prepared with educated questions."
presentations were really interesting . It is nice for the students
to hear about the culture/ religion of Islam from someone who closely
follows the religion/ way of life. (The speaker) taught my students
things that I could not, through sharing her experience."
would have been happy to listen and learn for 2 or 3 hours. You did
a lot in a about period of time. Thanks for coming out."
you for taking the time for to enlighten us. Knowledge erases fear."
you so much! Your presentation was excellent. I really learned A
lot in 1 hour. Let us know when we can have you back for Islam 102!"
Joining 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, American Muslims will begin observance of the month-long fast of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the month in which the first verses* of the Qur’an (divine scripture & Islam’s holy book) were revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammed (570-633 CE).
Ramadan, therefore, is the month in which Muslims re-acquaint themselves with the Qur’an by reading the entire text and contemplating its meaning.
revealed verses of the Qur’an:
Breaking the fast is called iftar. Sunset prayers are performed and then a complete meal is consumed. Having guests over to break the fast together or going to someone else's house for iftar is very common during Ramadan. The family goes to the masjid (mosque) at about 8:30 p.m. for evening prayers and the special Ramadan prayer called taraaweeh. The family will be home by about 10:30 p.m.
Special Ramadan prayers called taraaweeh are held after the evening prayer. During taraaweeh the prayer leader recites at least one thirtieth (1/30) of the Qur’an so that by the end of the month the entire Qur’an will have been recited. The Qur’an is about the length of the New Testament.
As fasting helps Muslims feel compassion for the hungry and less fortunate, food drives for the poor and other charities are annual events for some masajid in Ramadan. Muslims are encouraged to be the most charitable during Ramadan. Some masajid welcome non-Muslims to join them for their daily community dinner at the end of the fasting day.
Many masajid give special recognition to new Muslims who are fasting for the first time.
The night of majesty (lailat al-qadr), which falls on the 27th night of Ramadan is the most important night in Ramadan because the Qur’an was first revealed on that night, and the earth is filled with the power of spiritual presence. Masajid are open all night as Muslims hold vigil in prayer, Qur’anic reading and contemplation.