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Idris Rawfiq

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Idris Tawfiq is a British Muslim writer who lives and works in Egypt. He has spent many years working with young people. He was head of religious education in different schools in the United Kingdom and, perhaps more remarkably, before embracing Islam he was a Roman Catholic priest. You can visit website at

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24 September, 2007

Day time fasting

Day time fasting is bad for human being. Our physical cycle is tuned with solar system and every day we fast for 10-12 hours during night. That is sufficient. The animals and birds with fully developed digestive system, has a food cycle and that generaly starts at day time(...for those who see at day. For Jackal, Owl, Bat etc...which can see only at night, it starts at sunset). Eating is the primary way to gain energy and recover from damages. Prolonged fasting can cause damage to stomach and inadequate drinking can damage kidney.

Z Billo


24 September, 2007

Progressive Muslim startup in Ramadan

Every religion has fasting.Closest to Islamic fasting is Bahaullah march 2 -20 fasting after age 15 sunrise to sun set without smoking without food water. Buddhist monks and nuns commonly do not eat each day after the noon meal via asceticism Vajrayana practic amid eight precepts. Lenten fast observed in Anglicanism is a forty day partial fast. Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights while he was on the mountain with God King Jehosaphat proclaimed a fast throughout Judah for victory .The prophet Joel called for a fast to avert the judgement of God Mordechai fasted due to the Haman. Queen Esther declared a three-day fast for all the Jews. Jesus also warned against fasting to gain favor from men .For Orthodox Christians, there are four fasting seasons Nativity Fast, Great Lent, Apostles' Fast and Dormition Fast. With Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days (year round). Those desiring to receive Holy Communion keep a total fast from all food and drink from midnight the night before.Coptic Orthodox Church fish is not allowed during Lent , Wednesdays, Fridays and Baramon days. In Protestantism, the continental Reformers criticized fasting as a purely external observance . Lutheran churches encourage fasting during lent For Roman Catholics, fasting is the reduction of one's intake of food to one full meal Catholics voluntarily fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday Catholics must also observe the Eucharistic Fast. Latter-day Saint fasting is total abstinence from food and water. Adherents are encouraged to fast totally for two consecutive meal times once a month first Sunday of the monthSome Hindus fast on certain days of the month such as Ekadasi or Purnima karvachod .Thursday fasting is very common among the [[Hindu. Fasting for 9 days of Navratri is occurs twice a year . Karwa Chauth is a form of fasting where married women undertake a fast for the well-being of their husbands. In Islam 30 days fasting in Ramadan is Mandatory.Ramadan Has signifficance.Ramadan comes with Travih to finish to recite memorized Quran verses which has not been altered in 1428 years of islamic History This comes after last prayer when the shafq light is gone from the sky. There is One night of Inventory which is better than a thousand month.Muslim fasting is something different with above combo when Quran was revealed (As a Islam startup) .Muslim Months constitute 1 Muharaam2 Safar 3Rabi al awwal4 Rabial Thani5 Jumada al awwal 6Jamada al thani 7Rajab 8shaban 9Ramadan 10Shawwal 11Zul Qaddah12 Zul Hijjah.Have a happy Ramadan Fasting.It is time Muslim Men and Women become competitive and take part in the world events (including Soccer)Do not become Cult of Islam i.e. all prayer hijab and no play.There is no compulsion in Religion.Do not let Hijabi Burqa or Donatation Rhetoric persons stops you becoming competitive in line with other nation.

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