Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ramadan Mubarak!

Dear Friends, Sufis and Watchers:

The Rose Crescent House of Peace wishes everyone a blessed Ramadan Mubarak!

Those of you who are open to the Spirit no doubt felt the quiet that fell upon the world in anticipation of the sighting of the crescent. These last few days have been special times of retreat, contemplation and anticipation of the crescent.

We celebrate Ramadan in honor of the revealing of the Glorious Qur'an to the Prophet through the agency of the Archangel Gabriel. As is commonly known, during Ramadan Muslims who are able traditionally refrain during the daylight from food, drink, intercourse and negative thoughts. It is the last point that we wish to address. How can someone claim they are keeping Ramadan but they engage in warfare, killing, anger and hate? By Allah, this is impossible! In fact, it is ridiculous. Those who commit acts of violence should refrain from calling themselves a Muslim (one who surrenders to the path of peace).

So mote it be!

Why do we fast?

We fast for two reasons: (1) in solidarity with those whose economic situation is such that they are living without food or water. For example, we fast in solidarity with those in Darfur. (And a shame on anyone who calls him/herself a Muslim and then injures the innocent farmers of Darfur!); (2) We fast to cleanse the body of toxins that have accumulated throughout the year.

Let's look at the second point more closely. The Rose Crescent takes issue with the glutony that takes place in the evening. Why fast throughout the day and then eat all night? That defeats the purpose of the second reason for fasting.

Because Rose Crescent Watchers are outside of the Shari'a, as Al-Khidr was not under the Mosaic law, the Rose Crescent has modified the terms of fasting. Rose Crescent members rise before sunrise, pray, and then juice and water fast throughout the day. This is followed by a light meal of fresh vegetables in the evening. Evenings are typically spent in prayer, meditation and contemplation.


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