Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ramadan Mubarak and L'Shanah Tovah!

As Salaamu Alaikum!

Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah fall together at the same time this year. This is the first time it has happened this way since I reverted to Islam!

When I was Jewish, I used to love the month of September. Fall is my favorite season, and it came in with the excitement of the Jewish High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs in the Hebrew month of Tishri, and heralds in the High Holidays. They end with Yom Kippur, which is the "day of atonement". Yom Kippur is observed on the 10th day of Tishri. It is a day for introspection, reflection, repentence, and forgiveness. Jews observe the fast on Yom Kippur.

The blessed month of Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is the month that our Holy Qu'ran was sent as a mercy to mankind. The entire month is observed with fasting, worship, and contemplation.

To all my Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters: Ramadan Mubarak and L'Shanah Tovah!

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