Monday, September 25, 2006

The lesson fasting teaches us

..........and seek what Allah Hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast Till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah. Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint.


Surah Al - Baqara, Verse 187 (2:187)

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Anonymous said...

American Christians Keeping the Fast of Ramadan



Ramadan 1427 / 2006
To our Muslim brothers and sisters everywhere:

All praise and thanks be to the one God whom we all worship, who has called you to worship Him after the manner of al-Islam, and us to worship Him according to the gospel of Jesus, whom both faith traditions hail as the Messiah: it is our deep wish that God strengthen you in your devotion to Him, your love of Him, and your trust in Him during this month of Ramadan, and that everything that you do for His sake may be pleasing to Him.

We have joined you in keeping the fast of Ramadan this year, as a freewill offering to God accompanying our prayer for peace, justice, and a spirit of love to grow among the peoples of the Abrahamic religions. It is our desire that all over the world, if God so wills, Muslim, Jew and Christian can learn to stand together in brotherhood in the sight of their Creator. But we are mourning many of the deeds of our government and our people, as they continue to involve themselves in the affairs of Islamic peoples, and the lives of Muslim detainees held at United States facilities, without sufficiently caring or understanding what they are doing to the people whose lives they affect. To our sorrow, we see many American Christians trusting, supporting, and following policy-makers whose guiding principle seems to be “let us do evil, that good may come of it,” as if they did not know that our own scripture explicitly condemns it (Romans 3:8).

Our power to make the world’s leaders humble themselves, question their own behavior, and repent, seems very small. And yet we draw hope from our certainty that we are listened to by the true Ruler of this world, who sees everything and holds all power. This month we curb our natural appetites during daylight hours to be more mindful of the One to whom we must return, the Highest, our Helper. We perceive, sadly, that many American Christians lack understanding of what it means to be a Muslim. How better to change that than for some of us to join the Muslim world in its Ramadan fast? We also hope that such self-restraint as we gain from the fast might help restore a spirit of self-restraint to American culture, in however small a way, for on our learning self-restraint now seems to depend the saving of the world from ruin.

Advised by Jesus himself to fast privately and without open display (Matthew 6:16-18), we make ourselves available for responses to this communication but without identifying ourselves individually by name. May God comfort you, sustain you in hope, and bestow on you every blessing.


Ramadan Fasters of Christ
christsfasters@aol.com

Destitute Rebel said...

Thank you for visiting the blog and giving your support, we would love for you to contribute to the blog if you wish, however you want to do it. Peace, harmony and understanding all over the globe is what we are trying to encourage. All Perspectives and input is good. I will send you an invite on your e-mail if you will to contribute to this blog. Otherwise you may e-mail me at destituterebel@gmail.com and I'd be happy to publish your posts. Thanks again for visiting and showing your support. May God bless you.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Dear Ramadan Fasters of Christ!

Starting this blog has brought me and my fellow bloggers much joy in watching people of all beliefs come together under one "roof" and learn from each other.

I am so happy reading your comment and it makes me feel like there is so much hope in the world, and it is not too late to heal the wounded heart of this world.

Thank you so much for joining us and I wish you all the best during this Ramadan, and it would be fantastic to hear your reflections as you go by.

And I hope you stay with us here at our online Ramadan get together :)

Syed Sibgatullah said...

Many many thanks for your your special support and understanding of what the religion of Islam and indeed all Abrahamic religions stand for. I would also want to thank for the beautifull comment that you posted over here and definitely, we would want you to be on board with us.

May God Bless you, us and all of this world and may we all come to truly understand what God teaches us and work to rise above our differences.

Ramroom said...

I love this blog.... brilliant!!

Thanks for sharing all of this!

ram said...

and Ramadan Kareeeeeeeeeem !!!

Anonymous said...

Nice revelation about self-restraint, but what's the use of learning it if not practiced diligently, yes?

Nevertheless, it's an interesting thought to ponder and better oneself I agree.

Thanks.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Welcome Ramroom! Enjoy your stay with us :) Perhaps you have some Ramadan pictures to share with us? Send me an e-mail if you do and Ramadan Kareem to you too!