RAMADAN KAREEM AND ELUL TOV!

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At sundown last night, two of the Holiest months began…. the month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar, the month of Ramadan on the Islamic one.

Elul

The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance. This mood of repentance builds through the month of Elul to the period of Selichot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur.

The name of the month (spelled Alef-Lamed-Vav-Lamed) is said to be an acronym of “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li,” “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine,” a quote from Song of Songs 6:3, where the Beloved is G-d and the “I” is the Jewish people. In Aramaic (the vernacular of the Jewish people at the time that the month names were adopted), the word “Elul” means “search,” which is appropriate, because this is a time of year when we search our hearts.

According to tradition, the month of Elul is the time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the incident of the golden calf (Ex. 32; 34:27-28). He ascended on Rosh Chodesh Elul and descended on the 10th of Tishri, at the end of Yom Kippur, when repentance was complete. Other sources say that Elul is the beginning of a period of 40 days that Moses prayed for G-d to forgive the people after the Golden Calf incident, after which the commandment to prepare the second set of tablets was given.  

 

Origins of Ramadan

The name “Ramaḍāma” had been the name of the ninth month in the Arab world long before the arrival of Islam; the word itself derived from an Arabic root rmḍ, as in words like “ramiḍa” or “ar-ramaḍ” denoting intense heat[2], scorched ground and shortness of rations. In the Qu’ran, God proclaims that “fasting has been written down (as obligatory) upon you, as it was upon those before you”. According to the earliest hadith, this refers to the Jewish practice of fasting on Yom Kippur.[3][4]

Laylat al-Qadr, considered the most holy night of the year, is the night in which the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad, the “Night of the Power”.[5] Muslims believe it to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramaḍān, either the night of the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th (in Sunni thought) or the 19th, 21st or 23rd (in Shi’a thought). Ramaḍān ends with Eid ul-Fitr, with much celebration and feasts. During the month following Ramaḍān, called Shawwal, Muslims are encouraged to fast for a further six days, known as as-Sitta al-Bīḍ, or “the white six.” When fasting is over, Muslims go to Mosques in new clothes to pray the first Eid prayer. They give out presents to the young ones and greet their friends and families. They then thank God for what He has given them.

 

Does one see similarities?

Does one see the oneness of these two peoples??

Does one see the futility of the ongoing hatred???

Let us all attempt to reflect and dwell on our similarities rather than the artificial differences that divide us politically!

Despite the powers that keep us apart, we can become one!

 


Click HERE to see some beautiful photos of the Joys of Ramadan, courtesy of The Guardian.

RAMADAN KAREEM

and ELUL TOV

7 Comments

  1. mary said,

    August 21, 2009 at 08:55

    Well, Steve, there are so many things to keep all people apart, and many things to bring them all together. What counts is really one thing, maybe, wishing that justice, fairness, harmony and goodness prevail. I often fear the divides religions create, even within a single person or family. It is a sad reality that is apparent all around. But, what counts is that those who do believe do it for the reasons that will further the true tenets of any faith, which would be making people better, treating one another and the “created” with respect and love. I believe that there are millions of truly “faithful” persons who really do work so hard to make themselves better through their devotion and faith, and I believe that having these moments to live and reflect on their faith can bring them closer to the goal of leaving our traces on this planet with as little scars as possible. It might be too late for that, but getting back to the simple things through a ritualistic and organised reflection on it, being able to contemplate on what hunger, sacrifice, thanksgiving and love are…. well that is something “secular” people like me miss out on. I wish all who will be celebrating their holy holidays the spiritual enrichment it will give them. It is a very hot month for Ramadan, and I especially wish those who are fasting the strength and will they will need to make these difficult sacrifices.

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  3. mujahid said,

    August 21, 2009 at 11:31

    I AM HAPPY BECAUSE TOMMROW IZ RAMADAN:)

  4. August 21, 2009 at 14:50

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  7. Kaimun said,

    August 23, 2009 at 21:52

    I’m moslem from Indonesia. Happy Ramadhan kareem for all. Visit me http://kaimun.com


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