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Ramadan, Day 9: A Former Muslim Reflects on Fasting

An Iraqi believer shares his reflections on Ramadan as a young boy in Baghdad.

  • 1 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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by Wissam— 
Growing up as a Muslim, I loved Ramadan. Ramadan was when mommy and daddy fasted, and this ‎was so cool. The TV talked about Ramadan, people exchange courtesies of mutual respect for their ‎fasting efforts, and mosques were unusually crowded with worshipers. Even the imam, who criticized the ‎majority of those worshipers for not living a life of integrity throughout the rest of the year, calling ‎them “Ubbad Ramadan,” (Ramadan Worshipers)—even he couldn’t hide his joy that his mosque was ‎filled with diligent worshipers, especially after the Eve prayer. The long “Taraweeh” prayer was as ‎much a part of Ramadan as the Find-the-Ring game and the Majeena (Trick-or-Treat) and the Baghdadi ‎music and the Baklava after the Sunset meal.‎ (This story happened when I was eight—Ramadan came in Baghdad’s early hot ‎summer.)
  
  

Ramadan, Day 8—Extreme Fasting

Fasting can be hard. This video seems to be the only artistic collage of fasting.

  • 1 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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Fasting can be hard, even extreme. This 3:41-minute video beautifully captures in art an episode of extreme fasting in total isolation and deprivation. Watch it and read the accompanying article within. Then ponder, "How? ...Why?  What is that about?"

 

Ramadan, Day 8: Extreme Fasting Depicted in Art from Ramadan Courtroom on Vimeo.

Eid Mubarak! 30 Reflections on True Fasting and Piety

The most Extreme Faster and other sages teach us the principles of fasting that God accepts.

  • 26 May 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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by Scott Cherry—

Day 24: Rashad on Moral Consistency

How Yahweh expects moral consistency and we expect it of each other. How about Allah?

Last week I talked to a Muslim man named Rashad who was smoking hookah during Ramadan. I teased him a little about it and he laughed. Then we talked for 2 hours. He explained his view that many Muslims have only a pretense of religiosity; they fast all day during Ramadan and then go clubbing all night, or whatever. Of course, some 'Christians' are like that too. That is one of the qualms that people have with religion these days, and why they prefer not even to bother with it. 


Days 25-29 posted separately: 

Click here for day 25. "Not of this world": At his last night meal Jesus demonstrated something unthinkable and otherworldly.

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Mary—Ark of the New Covenant?

Protestants might be missing out on some interesting parallels related to Mary

Mary - Ark of the New Covenant?

Have you heard this term before? If you are not Catholic, then you may not have. I am a Protestant and the term is not one I have heard in Church before. I do not know if Catholics are typically aware of this or not but Protestants seem to avoid it.

What is legal plunder?

How collectivism leads to theft

"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame, danger, and scruple which their acts would otherwise involve. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons, and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal. In short, there is a legal plunder...
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