Mystery Box 4

Sofia, Ally, Gillian, Patrick, and Andrew (ft. Wiz Khalifa)

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the islamic calendar and is thought of as a month of fasting. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate. So, Ramadan encourages and teaches generosity and charity.

When was it celebrated this year? What is the purpose?

Ramadan was celebrated June 28, 2014 to July 28, 2014 and will be celebrated June 17 to July 17 this year.

The purpose of Ramadan is to fast and to clear your mind and heart.

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What is the Feast of Eid (Eid al Ftr)?

Many Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries.

Eid al-Fitr is also known as the Feast of Fast-Breaking or the Lesser Feast. It marks the end of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days

Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday that involves many Muslims waking up early and praying either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque.

Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.
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Are there any other significant holidays?

Sha'aban is the eighth month of the Islamic Calander. This is the month of ‘separation’.. On the fifteenth night of this month falls the Shab-i-Barat: ‘The Night of Records’; some people think that on this night the Islamic prophet Muhammad told his followers all the deeds that the humans have to perform for the next year.

What does Islam say regarding fashion for men and women?

Allah believes women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments.
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What about food and temptations?

Food- Harira soup or stew is a common Moroccan dish for Ramadan. Besides dates, any fruit is a great option for breaking a fast, Jivraj says. A popular South Asian dish is fruit chaat, which is essentially a spiced fruit salad.

Temptations- From sunrise to sunset there is no eating, drinking, sexual behavior, or alcohol for 30 days. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, Muslims also increase restraint, such as abstaining from sexual relations and generally sinful speech and behavior. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities.

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What about Islamic art?

Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced from the 7th century onwards by people who lived within the territory that was inhabited by or ruled by culturally Islamic populations. It is thus a very difficult art to define because it covers many lands and various peoples over some 1400 years; it is not art specifically of a religion, or of a time, or of a place, or of a single medium like painting.
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Why can Muhammad’s picture not be displayed? But some Muslims say you can… what is the latest on this?

Depictions of Muhammad in Islam is a very bad thing to do. Oral and written descriptions are accepted by all traditions of Islam, but there is a problem with drawing. The Quran does not exactly write that images of Muhammad are bad. He still appears in paintings, but his features weren't shown. His features were covered with white linen or cloth but those pictures, however, soon disappeared as well.

The Muslim artists creating images of Muhammad, and the public who beheld them, understood that the images were not objects of worship. Nor were the objects so decorated used as part of religious worship

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Works Cited


Wikipedia. Accessed April 22, 2015.

"10 Popular Foods To Break A Ramadan Fast." The Huffington Post. Accessed April 22, 2015.

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"Eid Al-Fitr in United States." Eid Al-Fitr in United States. Accessed April 22, 2015.

"How Images of the Prophet Muhammad Became ‘forbidden’." Washington Post. Accessed April 22, 2015.

"Islam and Clothing." Wikipedia. Accessed April 22, 2015.

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"The Purpose of Ramadan." Guardian Liberty Voice. Accessed April 22, 2015.

"Ramadan." Wikipedia. Accessed April 22, 2015.

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This presentation is dedicated to Andrew Christopher Bosco.

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