11 August 2010

Ramadhan Mubarak

This is epic!

Yesterday in Chinese Lunar calendar, the Ghost Month (7th month) was started. They believe during this month, the gates of hell are opened, and evil souls visit the living.
Today in Islamic calendar, the Fasting Month (9th month, or we called it Ramadhan) was started. We believe during this month, the gates of heaven are opened while the gates of hell are closed tightly by Allah, so no evils come out.

During this month, the Chinese offer to the ghost in the form of prayers, food and paper money. They burn fake paper money, paper television, paper car and paper house to give to their dead relatives so they will live comfortably in their world.
During this month, the Moslem do not eat, drink, smoke and do any sexual activities, from dawn to sunset. It's believed to teach us about patience, humility and spirituality.

This month, the Chinese are visited by the hungry ghosts, while the Moslem make themselves hungry.

During this month, the Chinese prefer to not be outside too late at night because the ghosts are wandering in the streets. Sometimes they make stage performance at night to entertain the ghosts.
During this month, the Moslem prefer to not be outside too late at night because they want to have break-fasting with family at home and then continue a special praying, called Tarawih.

All bad things happen to the Chinese in this month, they consider those as Hungry Ghosts' curse. It is a taboo to move house or get married during this period.
All good things happen to the Moslem during this month, they consider those as Ramadhan's power/magic.

This month is a dangerous month for Chinese, but a holy one for Moslem.


Happy Ramadhan, Moslem fellas! This is a time when we slow down from worldly affairs and focus on self-reformation, spiritual cleansing and enlightenment; this is to establish a link between themselves and God through prayer, supplication, charity, good deeds, kindness and helping others (from wiki). I hope I can be a better person, especially in terms of my relationship with Allah. Amen!

2 comments:

  1. so i guess we are the hungry ghosts this month ;p

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  2. bwahahaha.... I <3 this comment! like this

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