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Feature Article ... Questions And Answers About Ramadan

Questions And Answers About Ramadan


1) Who celebrates Ramadan? More than 1 billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan, including more than 6 million in the United States. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, with Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Turkey following. Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America.
2) When is Ramadan? Ramadan starts at the beginning of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Because Islam observes a lunar calendar, the official beginning occurs at different times around the globe, based on when the crescent moon is first seen. The lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar, and this year Ramadan begins Oct. 4.
3) What is the derivation of "Ramadan"? Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word ar-ramad , meaning "parched thirst," and is also the name of the ninth month of the lunar calendar.
4) How did Ramadan begin? In approximately 610 A.D., a caravan trader named Muhammad began wandering the desert near Mecca (in today's Saudi Arabia). The angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him he had been chosen to receive the world of Allah. In the days that followed, Muhammad began speaking and transcribing the words to the Quran (also spelled "Koran"), the sacred book of Islam. Muslims consider the Quran to be God's literal speech, recorded in the Arabic language, and transmitted through humanity via Muhammad, who is considered the last of a chain of prophets that included Adam, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus.
5) How is Ramadan celebrated? Ramadan is a month of heightened devotion, a time that the doors of heaven are kept open, and the doors of hell are closed, and Satan is kept in chains. Muslims go through a period of intense reflection and devotion, seeking guidance and forgiveness. Muslims practice sawm , or fasting, during the entire month. This means they may eat or drink nothing, including water, while the sun shines. Married adults also refrain from marital relations during the hours of fasting (i.e. the daylight hours). Other duties include five daily prayers and the recitation of the Taraweeh prayer, or Night prayer. At mosques during Ramadan, about one-thirtieth of the Quran is recited in prayers called tarawih . By the end of Ramadan, the entire Quran has been recited.
6) Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? Fasting is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. The Quran says that the main reason behind fasting is to attain taqwa , or God-consciousness. While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. In the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during the daylight hours during Ramadan. Families get up early for suhoor , a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal known as iftar which usually includes dates, fresh fruits, appetizers, beverages and dinner. All Muslims partake in the customs and celebration of Ramadan, starting at approximately age 12. Exceptions include men and women who are too old to fast, those who are too ill, women in the advanced stages of pregnancy, and women who are menstruating.
6) Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? Fasting is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. The Quran says that the main reason behind fasting is to attain taqwa , or God-consciousness. While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. In the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during the daylight hours during Ramadan. Families get up early for suhoor , a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal known as iftar which usually includes dates, fresh fruits, appetizers, beverages and dinner. All Muslims partake in the customs and celebration of Ramadan, starting at approximately age 12. Exceptions include men and women who are too old to fast, those who are too ill, women in the advanced stages of pregnancy, and women who are menstruating.
7) What does the Quran say about Ramadan? "The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it." (Surah al-Baqarah 2:185) The hadith, a collection of the sayings of Muhammad, recommends the following:
  • Study the Quran.
  • Come together for this purpose.
  • Check your memory of the Quran.
  • Increase your recitation of the Quran.
8) How and when does Ramadan end? Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2004 will occur on Nov. 13. Literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims give Zakat al Fitr , a monetary contribution to the poor or their mosques.
 
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News - DEMA Show 2005 4th to 7th of October

 


DEMA Show 2005
is a international trade event for the diving, action water sports and adventure travel industries.

More than 10,000 professionals will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 4-7, 2005 to combine business, pleasure, education and dive industry advancement - for a winning combination. Here is what you will find at DEMA Show 2005:

  • More than 600 exhibits featuring the leading dive equipment manufacturers, travel destinations, water sports apparel, and services.
  • More than 40 DEMA sponsored seminars on state-of-the industry topics.
  • Hundreds of hours of training agency and exhibitor sponsored seminars
  • The premier industry networking event of 2005, the DEMA Awards Party.
  • The Excitement and after-hours socializing and networking opportunities of Las Vegas.
  • The DEMA Retailer Resource Center an interactive display area and educational program that provides retailers with the latest tools and industry best-practices.
  • Power Up Your Morning keynote sessions- free seminars each morning before the show floor opens featuring nationally renowned speakers.

WWW.DEMASHOW.COM is the virtual home of DEMA Show 2005! Visit this site often for continuous news and updates on all the goings-on at DEMA Show 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

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PARENTS & KIDS - PAPER ANIMALS

Paper Animals

Your child can create a whimsical paper pet Dr. Seuss would be proud of.

MATERIALS:
Card stock
Scissors
Glue
Googly eyes
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

Fold a piece of card stock in half. Draw an animal onto the paper so that some part of the top of it (head and tail, or back) is along the fold. Cut through both layers of paper, being careful to keep some of the fold intact. Attach the googly eyes using glue if they don't have adhesive backing. Now stand the animal up. If it splays apart, glue together the front and back of the head and tail, leaving the legs unglued (or in the case of an octopus, glue just the left and right arms and leave the bottom ones unglued).



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RECIPES - Lasagne

Lasagne alla Bolognese

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Bolognese Sauce
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • large carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 ounces Italian pancetta, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork 
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • to taste salt
  • to taste freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 3/4 cups water
GRIND the vegetables and pancetta in a food processor until fine. 
MELT butter in a large pot; add vegetables and pancetta.  Cook over medium high heat for 20 minutes.
ADD ground beef and pork; saute for 30 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
ADD white wine to deglaze as the meat begins to stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook until wine is evaported.
ADD water and tomato paste.  Simmer until water is completely evaporated (approximately 2 hours).

Béchamel Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
MELT butter in a medium sauce pan.  Add flour a little at a time and mix well.  Cook for 3 minutes over low heat.
BRING the milk to a boil in a separate sauce pan.  Gradually add warmed milk to the butter and flour mixture and mix well with a wire whisk.
SIMMER , stirring constantly for 5 minutes until thickened.
LASAGNE
  • Bologenese sauce
  • Béchamel sauce
  • 2/3 cup Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 12 sheets Oven Ready Lasagne
PREHEAT oven to 350º.  Assemble Lasgne in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan
POUR 1/2 cup Béchamel sauce on the bottom of the baking pan.
ASSEMBLE 4 layers each with pasta, béchamel sauce, Bolognese sauce, butter and grated Parmigiano cheese.  Finish the layers with meat, béchamel sauce and grated cheese.
BAKE in a 350° oven for 25 minutes or until heated throughout.

 


 
 
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