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Intolerance in some countries.

I was once asked to be grateful for the perks of living in a democracy followed by the question, “What do Muslims do for the minorities in the Islamic countries? Do you know how intolerant they are?”

Indeed I am grateful and I do love the country I belong to. Secondly, yes some Islamic countries are intolerant in some ways especially for when it comes to their women. But that question got me going and I did a little research…

Diwali(Hindu festival) Celebrations in U.A.E

What!? They are selling pork in Dubai!

This Arab man is happily standing with the Gujrati family and celebrating their festival!

Gurudwara temple in U.A.E

Temple in Malaysia!

Krishna Temple in Muscat, Oman.

Christmas eve midnight mass in Indonesia.

Holi celebrations in Pakistan!

Church in Doha, Qatar.

Zoroastrian fire temple in Iran

Jewish woman reading Torah in synagogue in Tehran.

Christmas in Morocco

Christmas in Kuwait!

Synagogue in Istanbul!

Onam celebrations in gulf! Why is that Arab sitting there!?

Alexandria school of theology Cairo, Egypt.

Church in Istanbul, Turkey.

Religious procession in Egypt.

Buddhist Pagoda in Brunei Darussalam.

Saraswati Pooja in Bangladesh.

 

Ahadeeths

Hadith

These are the teachings of the Prophet(peace be upon him). His words are a major source of guidance for the Muslims. Those who kill or impose their faith on others are clearly not following Islam.

Whoever has the quality of kindness has been given his portion of goodness. And whoever is deprived of the quality of kindness has been deprived of his portion of goodness.”

 

– – Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him)

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Ramadan

As it has become these days, Ramadan is not simply an exercise in fasting during the day, binge-eating during the night and waking up for the predawn meal. Neither is it about irate drivers who feel entitled to exhibit road rage, employees who see the month as an excuse to slack off and overworked women slaving over a stove every day in preparation for the sunset meal.

If done right, Ramadan is none of those things, it is instead a chance for a spiritual boost, with lessons to be applied long after the month is gone.

It is one of Islam’s five main pillars (1. Faith, 2. Prayer, 3. Charity 4. Fasting 5. Pilgrimage) The elderly and chronically ill are exempt from fasting; however, it is incumbent upon them to feed the poor instead if they possess the financial means.

Many people ask,”What’s the point of fasting? Why deprive your body?” The fast is not simply about denying your body food and water. It also involves avoiding ill speech, arguments, loss of temper and malicious behaviour, which is a more difficult challenge for people these days.

Ramadan requires patience and mercy, which, let’s face it, we all need more of in these harried times. Ramadan is viewed as a month-long school where graduates leave with a developed sense of self-control in areas including diet, sleeping and the use of time.

There are basically two meals The Suhoor (predawn meal) and The Iftar (sunset meal)

Slow digesting foods like barley, wheat, oats and lentils are recommended and limiting fatty and sugary products is advised. There is a propensity to binge eat at sunset, but a balanced, moderate meal would really make all the difference and help one to maintain a nutritious diet even after the month is over. It is the time to give your digestive system some rest. It is a good time to decrease your blood sugar and cholesterol, if high. It is a time to be grateful for you what you have and to be helpful to those in need.

Sadly, people have turned the habit of eating moderately and wisely into pompous feasts and a way of partying. This is not the true Ramadan.

True Ramadan is when you inculcate generosity by being charitable, family-bonding by gathering around the iftar table, spirituality by praying, and self-control by practicing good manners.
All these habits build a feeling of peace, tranquillity and self-satisfaction.

Ramadan is, when the rich will taste hunger and thus will not forget the hungry.

Ramadan is when you learn to subdue anger and learn to be patient.

Ramadan is when you make- eating good, speaking good and being good- a habit.

Ramadan is when you try and make others happy and bring a smile on their face whether they be family or strangers.

And true Ramadan is when you choose to carry all these good things that spread love and peace within you and outside you, throughout your life.