Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ramadan 2010---As the Month Comes to a Close


At the beginning of the month of Ramadan, I pointed out in a post that the month is not monolithic. There is a shape to it, and special days within the month. In fact, the month of Ramadan is often divided into 3 ten-day "weeks", like a decimal calendar would be. Indeed the calendar of Ancient Egypt was a 12 month calendar, 3 ten-day weeks for each month and 3 days left. This later became the basis of the Alexandrian calendar, with 6 days remainder annually. That calendar was the one in use when Egypt was a Roman province and is retained in both the Coptic and Ethiopian today. The final decimal week of Ramadan is the most distinctive, as it is the time during which Lailat al Qadr, the Night of the Revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Mohamed, occurred--though the exact night is deliberately left unstated.

As mentioned too in that first post about Ramadan, this year I did a number of posts which highlighted special days of Ramadan; as well as others which highlighted certain aspects, either of the beliefs or of the cultural and social aspects of the month. For the month of Ramadan is both a month of exceptional observance, prayer, fasting, spiritual reflection and renewal, and one of special efforts towards others in the form of charity (zakat, sadaqa), forgiveness, relationship repair, and good will.


As the month closes out, I thought I would link all of this year's Ramadan posts here, and relate them to their place in the Ramadan calendar, and ongoing aspects of the month.  Some could be cross-listed but I have chosen to list them only once, in the category to which they principally adhere.

Date Specific:

1 Ramadan
Ramadan Karim! 2010
Shared greetings at the beginning of the month
Ramadan 2010: A Special Month
The sighting "rukyah" that starts the month; the spirit and obligations of the month; timings

10 Ramadan
Khadija bint Khuwaylid (c. 555-10 Ramadan, 619 CE)
The life and death of the Prophet Mohamed's first wife Khadija, and her importance to Muslims

21-30 Ramadan
Lailat Al Qadr, The Night of Power: Quranic Revelation, Prayer, Forgiveness, and the Final 10 Days of Ramadan
Lailat Al Qadr: Praying Taraweeh at "Ground Zero Mosque"/ Cordoba House/ Park51 NYC
The Quran: Part I--The Revelation of the Recitation (Ramadan 610-632); A Book of Revelations

Ongoing:

Religious
Fast/Sawm
Ramadan, Fasting, and Health in Muslim Majority and non-Muslim Majority Countries

Zakat, Sadaqa, Charity
Ramadan and Remembering Pakistan: Life in the Time of the Cholera?
Ramadan and Remembering Pakistan: Parts II, III, and IV: The Floods and Sociobiology; The Response; Katrina 5 Years On
Ramadan And Remembering Pakistan: Part V--Not sure what to do with your zakat?

Prayer and Holy Readings
The Quran: Part II-- For New Readers and  Readers Anew

Pilgrimage
Ramadan and Umrah

Socio-Cultural
If It's Ramadan, It Must Be Tash Ma Tash Season: Social Satire or Carnivalesque?
Aman's and Bassam's Ramadan Road Trip: 30 Mosques, 30 States, 30 Days--American Muslims From Coast to Coast Part I
Aman's and Bassam's Ramadan Road Trip: 30 Mosques, 30 States, 30 Days--American Muslims From Coast to Coast Part II
Aman's and Bassam's Ramadan Road Trip: 30 Mosques, 30 States, 30 Days--American Muslims From Coast to Coast Part III
Ramadan Lanterns--Fawanis (sing. Fanous) of Egypt and Beyond
Ramadan Television: Khawater (Thoughts/Reflections) with Ahmed Al-Shukairy


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