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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The meaning of Ramadan

The word “Ramadan” is from the root word “ramida” which means, “scorched earth”. It refers to the wrapping up of the feet of tender animals during the hot months in order to save them from the torment of the ground when extremely heated. As an analogy, Ramadan alludes to the effects of the extreme heat of our appetites and passions upon our material or “earthly” nature and it provides us with the protection for it through fasting or abstinence.
-Imam Ben Bilal


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