Ramadan has two basic meanings.
First, it is the name of the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar.
Second, it is the designated month of fasting (from dawn until dusk). It can be compared to the Christian observance of Lent, as it is a time for inner reflection, renewed devotion to God and self-control.
Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, it does not track time the same that the solar calendar (such as the one in contemporary use) does. Each month begins with the sighting of the new (crescent) moon and lasts 19 or 20 days.
The Fiqh Council of North America uses astronomical calculation to determine the beginning of lunar months, with Mecca as the referent.
On the basis of this method Ramadan for the year 1433 AH begins Friday, July 20, 2012. Eid al-Fitr (the feast day marking the end of Ramadan) will be Sunday, August 19, 2012.
“The only news is that it’s no longer news that a Republican lawmaker spews anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
This is from an article published yesterday (9 June 2012) in The Colorado Independent by John Tomasic.
“Hooper was referring to the fact that state Senator Kevin Grantham, a Cañon City Republican, recently said he saw merit in a proposal put forward by lightning-rod Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders that lawmakers should ban any future mosque construction in the state,” Tomasic reported.
You just have to read Secrets of the Muslim bathroom for yourself.
Here’s what Ernest Luning of the Colorado Statesman reported:
“Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders brought his crusade against the Islamic religion to Denver last weekend, warning an audience at the Western Conservative Summit that Europe and the United States are vulnerable to an insidious takeover by what he termed a ‘dangerous, totalitarian ideology’ masquerading as a religion.”
Wilders continued: “We should forbid the construction of new mosques. There is enough Islam in the West already.”
Read the entire news report online.