Archive for July 31st, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Ramadan (07/31)

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Ramadan &
the Islamic Faith

July 31 : 11 days to Ramadan*

Did you know that the Muslim calendar is based on the lunar cycle, which is approximately 11-13 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar?

Did you know that the holiday of Ramadan may fall during any month of the Gregorian calendar?

It takes approximately 35 years for Ramadan to cycle through the entire solar/Gregorian calendar.

Observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers. It is also believed to be the month when the Holy Quran was sent down from Heaven as a “guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation.” We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Ramadan.* Please join us and stop by again tomorrow.

*Please Note: the first day of fasting in North America is expected to be 08/11. Elsewhere depends where you live.


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(July 31) Today we're celebrating . . .  Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

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Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola (Catholic)
The patron saint of my childhood church*, “St. Iggy” was the founder of the “Society of Jesus,” the Catholic religious order know as the Jesuits.

*Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish, Hicksville, New York

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