Archive for July 20th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Ramadan (07/20)

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

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

July 20 : 12 days to Ramadan*

Did you know that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar?

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.”

Our countdown to the Islamic holiday of Ramadan starts today. 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. We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Ramadan!*

*Please Note: According to Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) Ramadan 1432 in North America, begins on the evening of Sunday, July 31, 2011, so that the first day of fasting would be Monday, August 1, 2011. Elsewhere depends where you live.


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(July 20) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Moon Day

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Apollo 11 by purpleslog
Moon Day

Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed

Celebrating the 42nd anniversary of the first human landing on the moon by the crew of Apollo 11.

Led by commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins, Apollo 11 blasted off from Earth on July 16, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, while Collins circled above in lunar orbit. On the following day, July 21, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin followed shortly becoming the 2nd human to walk on the moon.

photo credit: via flickr

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