Muslim faithful throughout the world are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. Observant Muslims participate in fasting (sawm), one of the five pillars of their faith, this entire Lunar month (this year it extends from September 1st to the 30th). Eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity is prohibited from dawn until sunset, when the fast is broken with the evening meal called Iftar. Local customs define varying traditions, including differing types of food used to break the daily fast. The fasting is meant to teach a person patience, humility and sacrifice, to set aside time to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future. (35 photos total)
Out of all the pictures this is the one that lifted my heart beyond the realms of joy because it just proves that there are beautiful communities out there (though little in number) aiming to keep Islam open to all regardless of visual impairment – an aim Kitaba is striving to fulfil in the UK.
Visually impaired Palestinian students read verses of the Koran, Islam’s holiest book, written in Braille, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Qabas Islamic school in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
May Allah clean our hearts in this blessed month and make us be more merciful, generous, and welcoming to all people regardless of their physical state. Allahumma Ameen.
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