I wanted to share with everyone that a special month is about to start!
It is the month of Ramadan!
What is it? - This is the month where Muslims are required to fast from the moment there is a sliver of light in the am (Dawn) until the time the sun is gone from the horizon (i.e. Dusk)!
What is Fasting? - It is abstaining from food , drink, relations with ones wife, and anything else considered obscene in terms of words or actions.
Why do they do it? - Because it is a pillar of Islam that must be completed by all mature (of age & mentally aware) and healthy (i.e. no medical excuse not to) men and women.
Are there any benefits? - Besides the medical benefits of abstaining from food and drink, it helps people understand what many others are experiencing on a daily basis in terms of hunger and thirst.. It puts people in the shoes of others and you are encouraged to give charity during the month and after. It brings many family's together for food and drink, and it challenges the people to really be aware of their actions all the time. (i.e. if you do not abstain from bad mouthing people for example, then all you get out of it is being hungry and thirsty)
There is one extremely special night called the "night of power" and in it the Quran was first reveled, and the reward of worship during this night is multiplied by 1,000 months (i.e. 83.3 years)
After the month is over there are 3 days of festivities where the kids are given money or gifts & parties are held because of all the efforts put in the month!
The first of this month is this upcoming Saturday or Sunday & will continue for 29/30 days depending on the new moon sightings. I will not be able to really play much during this month (if at all), but I think I might just continue working on my swing if I find some free time.