Good sites for Ramadan
Ramadan is upon us, and the Web is bursting with pious, wordy tributes to it. Here are some of the better sites about this holiest month of Islam.
Al-Muhajabah, a longtime blogger, gives some nice, concise basics on the the month: how it’s calculated, the purpose of fasting, the night vigil prayers known as Tarawih. She also explains the evening meal, called iftar, and the fast-breaking festival at the end of Ramadan called Eid al-Fitr.
Al-Muhajabah also has an intro and FAQ on Islam on her homepage. Not all the links are as tightly written, but you may still find them worth reading.
Holidays.net is prettier and uses Web technology better; summary paragraphs link to fuller explanations. There’s also a kewl Flash-animated picture of the phases of the moon. Also some fun info-bits — like the fact that Muslims often eat more during Ramadan.
A surprisingly friendly description of Ramadan is on 30-days.net, a Christian evangelistic outreach to Muslims. It gives a basic explanation of “What Christians should know about Ramadan.” It tells a little about why the month is important, and hints at the combination of zeal and temperance that Muslims cultivate during the month.
The site also gives a few bonuses. One is that the month is named for the Arabic word ramida or ar-ramad, for denoting “intense scorching heat and dryness.” The essay also suggests that Ramadan “scorches out the sins with good deeds.”