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Issue 93
1st November 2004

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Inner Dimensions of Fasting

There are three grades of Fasting:

Ordinary - means abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction.

Special - means keeping one's ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet, and all other organs, free from sin.

Extra-special - means fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts. This kind of Fast is broken by thinking of worldly matters, except for those conducive to religious ends. To this third degree belong the Prophets.

As for Special Fasting, there are six things that are required for its accomplishment:

1. See Not What Displeases God - refrain from viewing anything that is blameworthy or reprehensible.

2. Speak Not - Guarding one's tongue from idle chatter, lying, gossiping, obscenity, rudeness, arguing and controversy.

3. Hear Not - Closing one's ears to everything reprehensible.

4. Do Not - Keeping all other limbs and organs away from sin: the hands and feet from reprehensible deeds, and the stomach from questionable food at the time for breaking Fast.

5. Avoid Overeating - Not to over-indulge in lawful food at the time of breaking Fast.

6. Look to God with Fear and Hope - After the Fast has been broken, the heart should swing like a pendulum between fear and hope. For one does not know if one's Fast will be accepted, so that one will find favour with God, or whether it will be rejected, leaving one among those He abhors

Common Errors Made During Ramadan

Excessive spending - Ramadan should be a time to avoid being wasteful, and learning to be prepared in facing harder times by distinguishing the needs from the luxuries.

Staying awake during the night and sleeping during the day - Some people sleep during most of the day when they are fasting. Ramadan is not a time of being lazy, and sleeping all day does not allow the full benefit from the experience of fasting. It is as if they have only inverted their nights into days and vice versa. In addition, some may spend a great portion of the night indulging in eating and drinking and socializing.

Spending more time in socializing - Because people invite each other more often during Ramadan they do tend to spend more time socializing with friends and relatives. While it is a good deed to feed the fasting person, this should not result in precious time lost in vain talk.

Insisting on performing a certain number of Rakaas during the Tarawih (night) prayer to the point of not praying behind the Imam and thus forfeiting the benefit of congregational prayer.

Reading Qur'an too fast - Some insist on finishing the whole Qur'an once or more, even if they have to read very fast. Although reading the Qur'an many times is desirable, this should not be done hastily.

The ways of doing good are numerous in Ramadan. Many people try to perform more than they are able to. By going beyond their capabilities, they end up not performing any deed in the desired way.

The Muslim should realize that his priorities dictate that he does what benefits him in the Hereafter and should not put worldly interests first.

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Loic Leferme Reaches 171m on Freedive

French freediver Loic Leferme achieved a new world freediving record with a 171m dive on a single breath of air. The dive took place on Saturday 30 October at Villefranche-sur-mer, Cote d'Azur, France and was ratified by officials from AIDA.

Verna Claims New Women's Depth Record

South African diver Verna van Shaik claims a new women's depth record with a reported 221m dive at Boesmansgat cave, South Africa.

34-year-old Verna van Schaik successfully completed the dive on Monday 25 October, beating the previous women's depth record of 211m, held by Italian Claudia Serpieri.

She took just 12 minutes to reach 221m, and completed five and a half hours of decompression. A full expedition diary has been posted on her website, Xtreme Dream, including her account of the dive.

On-line Phone Bill
Improved Online Phone Bill

View and pay your local and international phone bills online. The service offered by Telecom Egypt has now been improved by offering it's internet uses a PIN Code service. This service provides users with a PIN number permitting only the user to view information about their phone services.

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Frankfurt Meets Arabic World

This year the "guest of honor" at the Frankfurt Book Fair (6-10 October 2004) was the Arabic World. In connection with this, Diwan is now offering a wide selection of Arabic authors translated into German. You'll find a variety of books by Naguib Mahfouz, ElTayeb Saleh, Tawfiq El Hakim, Sahar Khalifa, Assia Djebar and others.
Diwan, 159, 26th of July St., Zamalek, Cairo.




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What's On ... in Hurghada

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Parents & Kids

What is Quick Sand?

Quicksand is not really any special kind of sand, it is actually a condition that is happening to a patch of sand. There is a flow of water beneath the surface, often an underground spring, that disturbs the grains of sand, weakening them and lifting the grains apart. Each grain of sand is surrounded by a thin film of water and as they lose friction with each other, the solid mass breaks up. The water is not strong enough, however, to completely disperse the sand and the pool it makes can look like solid ground. Although the condition is most familiar in sand, any soil can become 'quick'.

Good places to find quick sand are on ocean coasts, near sandy creek beds and areas of sand over an impervious clay substructure. Another good place to find quicksand is in hilly country with abundant caves and underground springs lurking beneath.

But unlike the bottomless pits of doom seen in some movies, most patches of quicksand are only a few inches to several feet deep, and quicksand does not pull its victim down to lethal depths. It is possible to perish in quicksand but, you really have to work at it!

Should you stumble into quicksand you will sink just as you sink in water. If the quicksand is shallow, you can retrace your steps to get yourself out. But if the quicksand is deeper there is still little to worry about. Since the water is slightly more dense than than the human body it is possible to float in quicksand just as you would in a swimming pool. In fact, since quicksand is saturated with liquid it is far heavier than water and will allow you to float even higher, provided you move slowly.


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