Ramadan! 1431 / 2010Ramadan Kareem! / Blessed Ramadan!
Ramadan will start here in Toronto on either Wednesday August 11th or Thursday 12th depending on moon sighting. Moon sighting committee for the Toronto area: http://www.hilalcommittee.com/ .
So what's Ramadan?
A quick explanation for those who have never heard of it, this is the month in which all the eligible Muslims are encouraged to fast from food drink and if they are married sexual relations from sun up till sun down for 29 or 30 days of the lunar calendar. Eligible means men and women who are over the age of about 7, are not sick, or traveling, or in women's instance have their menstrual cycle, pregnant, or in some cases breast feeding.
We do so primarily to gain an awareness of Allah, but among the other benefits is that we can understand the hardships of poor people, we shed extra weight, and clean out the system of pollutants. Its also a time of solidarity and sharing food when we do break fast. We visit each oth