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    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:24 pm
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    The History of Ramadan
    Considered the most sacred Muslim occassion, Ramadan is observed throughout the ninth month (also known as Ramadan) of the Islamic calendar. Held since ancient times, this holy event has pious Muslims fasting, practicing extreme self-restraint, praying, doing charitable activities and all such actions that are recommended by Islam, is generally observed with a ritual precision; it is an annual training or a refresher. It requires one to abstain from food, drink, intimate relations, ill will, ill talk, ill actions or any temptations from dawn to dusk. One has to rise above his or her baser desires. Islam gifts this month to its followers to inculcate such a discipline to bring moderation in their daily lives. 2500 years ago, Buddha, the enlightened one, taught that human suffering is caused by unrestrained desire to own and had recommended a middle path.

    The origin of "Ramadan", the sacred Muslim occasion, can be traced partly to historic accounts as well as the various holy Islamic texts. A great part of the history of Ramadan depends on ancient Islamic folklore.

    God has no need for the hunger or thirst of someone who hurts others, violates their dignity or usurps their rights, said Prophet Muhammad. The fasting of the stomach must be matched by the fasting of the limbs. The eyes, ears, tongue, hands and feet all have their respective fasts to undergo. The tongue’s temptations, for example–lies, backbiting, slander, vulgarity and senseless argumentation–must be challenged and curbed to maintain the integrity of the fast.

    Consciousness of behavior and vigilance over action are the most profound dimensions of fasting: the fasting of the heart focuses on the attachment to the divine. That is when Ramadan really becomes a source of peace and solace, just as Christmas goes beyond the rituals to bring forth kindness, charity and caring.

    True fasting is self-purification; and from this, a rich inner life that bring about values such as justice, generosity, patience, kindness, forgiveness, mercy and empathy. Values that are indispensable for the success of the community.

    Knowing about hunger is different from knowing hunger. Empathy is not an intellectual equation; it is a human experience. Our hardness of heart often springs from our distance from the human condition of others. The poor, sick, disenfranchised, oppressed – we rarely walk a mile in their shoes, not even a few steps. “Rest assured,” cautioned one teacher, “if you do not taste what it feels like to be hungry, you will not care for those who are.”

    For fasting to be truly universal, its benefits must extend beyond the fraternal ties of Muslims and must extend to forging a common humanity with others. Fasting is meant to impart a sense of what it means to be truly human, and its universality is reflected by its observance in Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroastrian and other faiths.

    According to the Islamic texts, Ramadan began with Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam who was born in 570 CE in the Arabian city of Mecca. Orphaned at a young age, Muhammad was reared by his uncle Abu Talib. The boy grew up to be a merchant, as well as a shepherd. He was first married by age 25.

    Gradually Muhammad began to be dissatisfied with his life in Mecca. Having an idealistic and religious temperament from his very early days, he retreated to the caves in the surrounding mountains of Mecca for meditation and reflection.

    According to Islam, one night during the month of Ramadan in the year 610 A.D. when Muhammad was 40 years of age and was passing the month in meditation in Mount Hira, he had a vision of an angel appearing before him. This angel introduced himself as Jibril and revealed that Muhammad was the messenger of Allah and was born to be a prophet to his people. The angel asked Muhammad to recite what he said:

    "Recite in the name of your Lord Who creates.
    Creates man from a clot.
    Recite: And your Lord is the Most Bountiful
    Who teaches by the pen,
    He teaches man what he does not know."

    With a confounded mind, Muhammad descended from Mount Hira and told everything to his wife Khadijah. He feared that he had had an encounter with an evil spirit. But Khadijah allayed his fears reminding him of his good conduct until then and that it was impossible for him to be visited by a demon. She took him to her old cousin Waraqa ibn Nawfal and told the latter everything about Muhammad's meeting with the angel. Waraqa ibn Nawfal was a much learned man and was well-versed in various sacred texts concerning different religions. The lettered man convinced Muhammad that he was indeed a messenger of God and the angel who visited Muhammad was the same divine messenger Gabriel who had also visited the Hebrew prophet Moses.

    In the following twenty-three years, Muhammad was visited many times by Jibril who taught him the holy knowledge in verses. This sacred knowledge consists of the code of conduct that Allah wants his people to maintain on earth. It is inscribed in verses which are compiled in the holy Qur'an, the most sacred book in Islam.

    It is said that the sacred knowledge was revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. "Laylat al-Qadr" - a night of the month is symbolically regarded as the same night on which the holy knowledge was gifted to Muhammad and mankind. The followers of Islam consider "Laylat al-Qadr" as the "Night of the Power", the holiest night of the year.

    As a mark of respect to Allah and to show gratitude to him for the true knowledge that he gifted to his sons and daughters, the prophet asked his followers (and therefore the followers of Islam) to pass the month of Ramadan in fasting, prayers and other austerities and end the month-long non-indulgence with festive celebrations.

    Rituals and Fasting:

    Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast begins at dawn and ends at sunset. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate and thus encouraging actions of generosity and charity. It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy, sane and have no disabilities or illnesses. Rituals vary in different Muslim cultures—where I am from, it is Chandni Raat, moonlit night festivities, and it is an expression of joy of people coming together. It is almost like the National night out or the last night shopping prior to Christmas.

    For 30 days, with small variations in practices, families rise up early around 4:00 AM. In my tradition, the whole family gathers in the kitchen and participates in cooking the meals and about 5 minutes before the cut-off time, everyone finishes his/her food intake and takes the last sip of the water. Right after that is the Morning Prayer congregation at home or Mosque, then we are free to do what needs to be done.

    When you break the fast it is a healthy practice to eat appetizer-sized fruits, vegetables, and refreshments. Dates are the most popular item as it was the practice of Prophet Muhammad’s.

    The iftar has become a community event, where Muslims invite their non-Muslim friends to join in their celebration of that day. President Clinton started the tradition of holding an Iftaar party carried forward by President Bush. It has become a major social event for the politicians just as it is with Diwali, Rosh Hashanah and other festivals.


    ‘Eid ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. This is a day where Muslims around the world try to show a common goal of unity. It is a day of recognizance of God. Eid is a major celebration where literally all Muslims gather in an open space and pray the thanksgiving prayer for having a blessed Ramadan. It is a day one formally forgives and gets forgiven and starts another year with good will. Every one hugs three times; I am your friend, you are my friend and we are friends.

    The Quran instructs us:

    "Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein. Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. Allah wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify Allah for guiding you, and to express your appreciation." [Surat Al-Baqarah 2:185]. Thus was born the sacred occasion called Ramadan.

    Though the annual ritual of fasting takes 30 days its true destination is endless. May we always hunger to discover our hearts. May we always aspire to find our balance, connect with each other, open our hearts and minds to fellow beings; the joy that comes with it is ours to keep.

    We wish you a sacred Ramadan!

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    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:25 pm
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    Welcome to Ramadan Tag! Throughout Ramadan, we will tag, make, review & possibly even photograph recipes suitable for
    Suhoor: the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting during the daylight hours during the Islamic month of Ramadan. The meal is eaten before fajr (dawn).
    Iftar: the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after Maghrib (sunset) time. Traditionally, three dates are eaten to break the fast, in the tradition of the prophet Muhammed, who broke his fast in this manner. Many Muslims believe that feeding someone iftar as a form of charity is very rewarding and that it was practiced by the Prophet Muhammed.

    Suhoor & Iftar replace the traditional three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), although in some places dinner is also consumed after Iftar later during the night. Being the last meal eaten by Muslims before fasting from dawn to sunset during the month of Ramadan, Suhoor is regarded by Islamic traditions as a benefit of the blessings in that it allows the person fasting to avoid the crankiness or the weakness caused by the fast.

    An interesting page: Foods in the Quran

    The rules are simple: anything, as long as it contains NO PORK PRODUCTS OR ALCOHOL, is acceptable. Of course, Middle Eastern cuisine will be more 'authentic'. Please create a *public* Ramadan Tag cookbook & post in this thread. Your amazing hostesses will add it to p.1 for everyone to peruse. icon_biggrin.gif

    Then...tag, tag, tag to your hearts content!! Once you've reviewed your tags, leave a note here & we'll mark your tag as complete.

    Our wee twist for 2013: Towards the end of Ramadan, we will ask all participants to bring their favorite dish (or 2) to our Virtual Buffet Table. Then we can all join in together to enjoy our favorites!

    We encourage everyone to bring a friend to the festivities! ENJOY!

    Beth & Annacia

    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:27 pm
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    Annacia #169430 ~ Ramadan Recipes

    Elmotoo #163112 ~ Ramadan Ready Recipes #550029

    duonyte #50509 ~ Ramadan Tag #255489

    Maya's Mama #343228

    pammyowl #1706426 ramadan by pammy #702244

    Sharon123 #37449 N.A.M.E. Tag Cookbook

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    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:28 pm
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    Ramadan 2013 TAGS

    icon_biggrin.gif pammyowl - Jben - Moroccan Fresh Cheese #502807 by Annacia

    icon_biggrin.gif Mia in Germany - Ponzu Sauce, Authentic #496735 by pammyowl
    icon_biggrin.gif Annacia - Cranberry Pecan Oat Cookies #387563 by Mia
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Easy and Basic Boneless Chicken Breasts #503154 by Annacia
    icon_biggrin.gif pammyowl - Egg & Scallion Fried Rice #475698 by elmotoo

    icon_biggrin.gif Cookgirl- My Favorite Pie Crust #483999 by pammyowl
    icon_biggrin.gif Mia - Kuru Meyveli Roka Salatasi for 2 #502186 by Cookgirl
    icon_biggrin.gif pammyowl - Bavarian Cheese Dip (Obatzda), Gluten Free #361713 by Cookgirl

    icon_biggrin.gif Mia - Saffron Mango Mousse #485113 by pammyowl
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Kosa Matbukha Bi I Zabadi - Egyptian Zucchini in Yoghurt Sauce #478631 by Mia
    icon_biggrin.gif duonyte - My Secret Most Special Incredibly Awesome Toast. #482874 by elmotoo
    icon_biggrin.gif Cookgirl - duonyte Chèvre With Pistachios and Honey #497483

    icon_biggrin.gif pammyowl - Cookgirl Licheeneh Ma Zahr #503977

    icon_biggrin.gif Mia - pammyowl Chicken Noodle Soup #500691
    icon_biggrin.gif Cookgirl - Mia Zucchini Moussaka #462499

    Sharon - CG Grilled Zucchini Hummus #487158
    icon_biggrin.gif Annacia - Sharon Rosewater Lemonade(Oman) #502076
    icon_biggrin.gif duonyte - Annacia Chilled Cream of Cucumber Soup #172189

    icon_biggrin.gif Mia - duonyte Gluten-Free Sourdough English Muffins #490753
    icon_biggrin.gif pammyowl - Mia Zucchini Moussaka #462499

    icon_biggrin.gif Mia - pammyowl Tahini #487060
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Mia Easy Korean Cucumber Salad #412060

    icon_biggrin.gif duonyte - elmotoo's Jim's Raita #137164
    icon_biggrin.gif cookgirl - duonyte's Tangy Tamarind Chickpeas - Khata Imlee Chana (Slow Cooker) #490440

    icon_biggrin.gif Sharon123 - Cookgirl Grilled Zucchini Hummus #487158

    icon_biggrin.gif pammyowl - cookgirl Pinto Beans and Prunes (Vegan) #497606
    icon_biggrin.gif CG - pammy Honey Hair Conditioner #492846

    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - CG's Belila (Vegan Friendly) #505077

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    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:29 pm
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    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:29 pm
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    just in case space
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:30 pm
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    Let the games begin! I'm off to find my Ramadan Tag cookbook....
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:51 pm
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    Ooh, ooh, me! Ramadan Tag
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:05 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    Let the games begin! I'm off to find my Ramadan Tag cookbook....

    Ramadan Ready Recipes #550029

    looks like i haven't added to it in awhile.... icon_eek.gif
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:09 pm
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    duonyte wrote:
    Ooh, ooh, me! Ramadan Tag

    HELLO friend & welcome!! You're all noted up top! icon_smile.gif Happy cooking!
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:08 pm
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    duonyte wrote:
    Ooh, ooh, me! Ramadan Tag

    A big WELCOME.

    I love your enthusiasm icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:10 pm
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    I'd like to play too icon_lol.gif

    Annacia #169430
    Ramadan Recipes
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:36 pm Groupie
    I'll make a few recipes, thanks for the invite, A! icon_smile.gif

    I'll make Jben - Moroccan Fresh Cheese
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:46 pm
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    pammyowl wrote:
    I'll make a few recipes, thanks for the invite, A! icon_smile.gif

    Hi pammy, it's good to see you icon_biggrin.gif

    Would you like to make Ramadan cookbook so we can tag you back? It doesn't need to be huge.

    Any recipe's you have that don't include pork or alcohol are good.

    Everything ok in your part of the world?
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:49 pm
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    pammyowl wrote:
    I'll make a few recipes, thanks for the invite, A! icon_smile.gif

    I'll make Jben - Moroccan Fresh Cheese

    WOW your quick. I was just adding your name. icon_lol.gif

    Thank you hon.
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