Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Congratulations to Eddie and his family!

Congratulations to you and to your daughter Eddie (and of course the rest of the family) on the birth of her second child - baby Musa.  It must be an especially auspicious time to be born during the month of Ramadan.  

As I understand it, during the month of Ramadan, God revealed the first five books of the Qur'an to Prophet Muhammad.  Muslims who live by the 5 Pillars of Islam are expected to fast during this time as a way of spiritually cleansing themselves.  The Five Pillars are:

  1. Shahada - the belief that there is only one God - Allah - and Muhammad is his messenger 
  2. Salat -5 daily prayers at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening
  3. Sawm - ritual fasting, fasting for repentance and ascetic fasting
  4. Zakat - obligatory charitable giving based on accumulated wealth
  5. Hajj - pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca
Eddie is fasting this month and I know how much of a challenge it is, especially when the days are long like they are in the summer.  Good for you Eddie and the rest of my Muslim family who are also fasting.


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