for the Holy Month
Holy Month of Ramadan, in spirit, as practised
ye who believe, fasting is prescribed to you just as it was
prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.
“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an as
a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance and judgment
(between right and wrong)... Allah intends every facility for
you; he does not want to put you to difficulties. (he wants
you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify him in
that he has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.”
-- quoting excerpts from translation of Surah al-Baqarah:
is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims
throughout the world. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion
to god, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind of tune-up
for their spiritual lives. There are as many meanings of Ramadan
as there are Muslims. The third "pillar" or religious
obligation of Islam, fasting has many special benefits. Among
these, the most important is that it is a means of learning
self-control. Due to the lack of preoccupation with the satisfaction
of bodily appetites during the daylight hours of fasting, a
measure of ascendancy is given to one's spiritual nature, which
becomes a means of coming closer to god. Ramadan is also a time
of intensive worship, reading of the Qur'an, giving charity,
purifying one's behaviour, and doing good deeds. For Muslims,
Ramadan is an opportunity to gain by giving up, to prosper by
going without and to grow stronger by enduring weakness. As
a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and
developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning to
thankfulness and appreciation for all of God's bounties. --
Omnia Allam, Department of Computer Science at Cardiff University
word "Ramadan" comes from the Arabic root word for
"parched thirst" and "sun-baked ground."
It is expressive of the hunger and thirst felt by those who
spend the month in fasting. Ramadan is by nature a time of sacrifice.
Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and
sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat every
Through increased devotion, Muslims feel closer to their creator,
and recognize that everything good we have in this life is a
blessing from him.
Through increased charity, Muslims develop feelings of generosity
and goodwill toward others. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) once said, "a man's wealth is never diminished by
Through self-control, a Muslim practices good manners, good
speech, and good habits.
Through family and community gatherings, Muslims strengthen
the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, in their own communities
and throughout the world. www.islam.about.com
word Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word, "Ramida",
which means, "to burn" and here it applies to the
burning of selfish desires....
The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in the following words
beautifully explains the actual significance of the fast, "one
who, while fasting, does not guard his tongue from telling lies,
does not refrain from doing bad deeds, is not respecting his
fast and Allah does not approve of mere abstention from food."
most common motives for fasting are religious ones. In a religious
fast there are three primary purposes: self-control over the
body and its appetites; focusing the mind on god or prayer;
making sacrifice to God for offences committed.
know that all major battles in Islamic history were fought and
won during the month of Ramadan. There are still battles to
be fought and won against poverty, intolerance, prejudice, racism
and terror. -- Capturing the True Spirit of Ramadan, Khaled
al Maeena, Editor-in-Chief Arab News.
Holy Month of Ramadan, in Bangladesh 2003 (News in The Daily
1: Youth beaten by mob, dies at DMCH
A young man injured in mob beating at Rasulpur in Kamrangirchar
Thursday evening died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)
law-enforcers held on mugging charge
Four law-enforcers from Khilgaon Police Station were
arrested on charge of mugging Tk 2 lakh from businessmen at
Goran yesterday and a top official said preliminary evidence
linked them to the crime.
using toxic elements in food items'
Unscrupulous quarters are making quick bucks by selling
adulterated and even contaminated food items including those
for 'iftari' during Ramadan in the roadside outlets, said activists
of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon.
2: Top company director buys freedom with ransom
A top business executive abducted from the city Friday was released
in the early hours of today on payment of an unspecified amount
Khilgaon policemen transferred
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday transferred
all 77 staffs, except for the officer-in-charge (OC), of Khilgaon
Police Station following allegations of criminal activities
against some of them.
manager shot dead
Three unidentified assailants yesterday gunned down
the manager of a city hotel reportedly over the ownership dispute
of the hotel.
3: Intelligence agencies asked to watch cops
The home ministry has instructed inter-departmental
intelligence agencies to monitor police activities in Dhaka
and other major cities in the wake of their increasing involvement
in extortion and other...
4: Transport leader killed in Bogra
A transport leader was shot and sliced to death by
his rivals at the Chelo bus terminal yesterday. Maniruzzaman
Manik, 35, was a bus owner and executive member of the Bogra
Motor Sramik Union.
'robbers' lynched in M'singh
A mob lynched three alleged robbers at Char Shikaldi in the
town Sunday night. They cut the bodies into pieces and threw
those into the Brahmaputra river.
cops release arms trader hours after arrest
Listed smuggler and illegal arms trader Shamsul Alam
alias 'Black' Shamsu, arrested Sunday night on various charges
was released from Khulna Police Station yesterday morning.
5: 3 slaughtered at Shyampur
Unidentified assassins slaughtered three youths near
the railway line at Shyampur WASA gate early yesterday.
enquiry finds no proof of custodial death, Sumon's family, locals
A police probe committee on the killing of Shakil Ahmed
Chowdhury Sumon yesterday said it found no evidence that he
was killed in police custody but suggested departmental action
against the then officer-in-charge
6: 10 die after taking spurious alcohol in Kushtia
Ten people have died and about 50 others fallen sick after taking
spurious alcohol in the last two days in the town and nearby
gunned down at Sobhanbagh
Unknown criminals gunned down an unidentified young
man at Sobhanbagh in Mohammadpur last night. Two bullets hit
the youth, aged about 30, in the head and abdomen, killing him
on the spot.
7: Playing upon monga plight
Relief distributors and loan sharks are cashing in
on the desperate plight of millions living close to starvation
in eight northern districts reeling under near-famine, locally
known as monga.
8: 100 drugged for looting last week
Robbery-motivated sedation incidence has hit a new
high in Dhaka ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, despite
the launch of mobile courts and daytime strike force to cut
crimes, victims and hospital sources said.