Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ramadan 2010

The first phase of the moon (not yet visible in Khartoum as at 10 August)

Ramadan 2010 will start on Wednesday, the 11th of August and will continue for 30 days until Thursday, the 9th of September. In North America Ramadan will start a day later - on Thursday 12th of August (tentative dates). Dates will be confirmed when the new moon is actually sighted.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims consider this whole month as a blessed month. They fast during the days of this month and make special prayers at night. People also give more to charity and do extra righteous deeds. Also, in this Holy Month, The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) received the first revelation of Al-Qur'an (in one of the last ten odd nights of Ramzan). Ramazan/Ramadhan is the month of celebration as well as the month of discipline and self-control.

Source: Internet

The Arabic for moon is gamir

Thanks to everyone who was so kind and concerned while I was ill last week. Your thoughts, prayers and special wishes definitely worked. I'm fit and well again. Amen!


  1. Beautiful shot of the crescent moon, Jo. I can even see the shadowy part of the moon.

  2. Glad you're feeling better. Do you celebrate Ramadan?

  3. So happy to hear you are well again. That is such a lovely photo of the moon.

  4. Thanks Pat, this is a shot I took in May. The people are waiting for just such a sight to start their Ramadan month. Have a wonderful day.

    Hi Joyful, thanks for your well-wishes.

    Hi Gaelyn;) thanks for your kind help in anointing me in the Spirit with Mike! That and many other prayers and kind thoughts definitely helped to sustain me! No, as a believer, I don't celebrate Ramadan. Yet Grant and i are the only expats and Christians in this part of the city so we're aware of all the preparations around us. Have a wonderful day.

  5. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Ramadan seems early this year. We have a big population of muslims attend our school. They usually celebrate later in the year when it is hot.

  6. 7amdella 3ala salaamtek ya Jo :)

  7. Thanks diane;) I think it's Eidd and later Tabaski which is celebrated later on.

    Tamaam;) Raindrops. Muhabruk Ramadan!

  8. I will definitely enjoy your blog, and will thank Lynda for the link.

    I love reading about life across the globe.

  9. Ramadan is the time of year you don't want to drive into big cities until the fast has been broken. Especially not during hot season!

  10. Hi Jo, That is interesting for you to share what is going on all around you all. Even we Christians need some times in our lives for self-discipline and reflection, don't we????

    I didn't know that their celebration had anything to do with the crescent moon though... Thanks for this info.


  11. Thanks for explaining when Ramadan is held. I always thought it came around our Easter, I didn't realize that it moved around.
    It's a big deal here in France. The best part is that all the yummy Arab pastries are easily available in the stores.
    Hope someone in your neighborhood invites you over for some good food.


Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate your feedback. Jo