Archive for August 28th, 2008

(August 28) Today we're celebrating . . .  Dream Day Quest and Jubilee

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Dream Day Quest and Jubilee
The 3rd of three annual Emancipation Days of Respect which honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting unity, respect and remembrance.

On this the anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” (Aug. 28, 1963), you are requested to wear black and white to show respect for Peoplehood in the Spirit of WAO (We Are One).

The Emancipation Days of Respect are Humanitarian Day (January 15th – MLK’s Birthday), Victims of Violence Holy Day (April 4th – Anniversary of MLK’s death) and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee (August 28th – Anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech)

Visit our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day site to see & hear the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Ramadan Countdown 2008 (T-4): When Does Ramadan Begin?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Welcome to our celebration of Ramadan 2008. Join us as we countdown this week before Ramadan which begins next Monday, September 01st.*

In our countdown to Ramadan we’ve explored - what exactly is Ramadan and a look at the Five Pillars  and the Muslim Faith. Today we’re going to take a look at when Ramadan is actually celebrated.

Ramadan begins when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted. Due to local weather and cloud conditions Ramadan can actually begin in certain parts of the world where the crescent is spotted. And delayed a day or so in parts of the world that cannot see the moon.

Because of this descrpency certain Islamic organizations have begun issuing an edict determining exactly when Ramadan is to begin. Making things much easier for their followers.

As for Ramadan 2008:
The first day of Ramadan (fasting) in North America according to sighting, is expected to be September 02. However, according to Saudi Ummul-Qura calendar, Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Ramadan is on Monday, September 01, 2008.

According to a new Fatawa from Deoband, India, the first day of Ramadan in UK will be September 02, because the moon should be easily seen by naked eye from Australia to Morocco. In Pakistan also, sighting will be easy on September 01, and first day of Ramadan will also be September 02.

(source: Moonsighting.com)

Islamic Calendar continued…

Stop by tomorrow for our continuing countdown to Ramadan 2008. And for more information visit our holiday celebration – Ramadan on the Net.

*(according to Saudi Ummul-Qura calendar, Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Ramadan is on Monday, September 1, 2008 – source: Moonsighting.com)

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