Friday, October 12, 2007

 

Ramadan ending : Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Ramadan or Ramadhan (Arabic : رمضان) is an Islamic religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Prayers, sawm (fasting), charity, and self-accountability are especially stressed at this time.
The name came from the time before the Islamic calendar, when the month of Ramadan fell in the summer. The word Ramadan is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground, and shortness of rations.

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The month is spent fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to dusk. Fasting during this month is often thought to figuratively burn away all sins. Muslims believe that the Qur'an was sent down to the earth during this month. Furthermore, the prophet Muhammad told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell would be closed.

The first day of the next month is spent in celebrations and is observed as the ‘Festival of Breaking Fast’ or `Eid ul-Fitr. Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr (Arabic : عيد الفطر), often abbreviated as simply Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Fitr means "to break the fast" and therefore symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family is awake very early and then after praying the first normal everyday prayer, is required to eat in a small quantity, symbolizing the end of Ramadan. They then attend special congregational prayers held only for this occasion in mosques, in large open areas, stadiums or arenas. The prayer is generally short, and is followed by a sermon (khutba). Worshippers greet and embrace each other in a spirit of peace and love after the congregational prayer. After the special prayers, festivities and merriment are commonly observed with visits to the homes of relatives and friends to thank God for all blessings.

Just wanted to say this all.
I myself am Roman Catholic but learned the last 35 years a lot about true, normal, modern Moslims. As I stated earlier on my Blog we could go along very well.
On the other hand there are few extreme Muslims who want to go back to the 15th century.....
They cause the trouble.
They don't see/recognice the rules are given in that certain period of time.
I don't wanna go (more..) into politics (right now...) but just an example.
A Muslim man is allowed to have more wives than just one.
In them days a woman couldn't survive when her husband died (for whatever reason). So it was allowed (or even moral obligate) for, example, a brother in law to take that woman as a second/third wife to help/support her to survive.
Nowadays there are laws to help and (financially) support such a woman.
So today there's no reason to strickly stay to Muhammed's rule/suggestion. One has to bear the time period in mind.
Hope you understand.
The same goes for every religion. Also my own Catholic religion.
Rules are given at a certain 'time period'. But everyone has to 'translate' the sense/meaning behind it into these times.
Science is important. One and one makes two. No doubt about that.
Religion is important. But (maybe....) we know for sure when we are dead.
So don't claim your religion is the one and only for sure.................
PROVE it to me... You can't. Religion is thought... Mostly brought to you by your parents... Am I right ? I could talk hours about religion (and culture...)...
Most important to me is to be honest to each other. We'll get along quite well.
Jews and Palistinians could go along quite well.
I put hope in the fact that damned Berlin wall was taken down by 'the people'....
Sorry, I still went along with politics/religion.... Sometimes I'm so mad about how things are going on while normal people simply want to live together but can't because of...

One of the issues of the Ramadan :
Take a little less and give a little more.......
You my readers, please think about this.....
So little comments compared to the number of visitors and downloads.....
I'm disappointed about your participation in my Blog but I have to accept.

Todays offer has to do with the Ramadan/Islam.
I liked Cat Stevens a lot in the sixties/seventies. Wonderful music and text. Wanted to do something about the enviremont. Was thinking. Suddenly he stopped performing. Became a muslim and adopted a new name Yusuf Islam.
I remember a German TV interview on which he stated he was never to record or perform in public again. Wanted to dedicate his life (and his money) to God. Helped a lot of children in London.

Gladly he changed his mind about recording and performing.
First he made an album on which he tells about the Qur'an. After that with some friends a really nice album about Islam just for children called I Look, I See 2003.
At last in 2006 a 'normal' album An Other Cup. I also have a live FM radio broadcast aired 2006_12_21 on KCRW Santa Monica, California (recorded two days earlier at Lincoln's Center, New York) where he sings some old songs and a few new ones from this album.

I wanted to share with you that nice children's album but finally I changed my mind.
Two years ago (2005_may_28) there was, organised by sir Paul McCartney, a benefit gala in Neuss Germany called Adopt a mine field, clear a path to a safer world.
At the end even his (I mean Cat Stevens') guitar is sold by auction.

If you have read this all untill now (I really do hope so) I surely must have gotten your interest.
You know you will have to go to the comment of this article to be present of this extra ordinal concert because that's my todays (giving...!!!) offer.

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Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Adopt a mine field
Live Neuss, Germany 2005_may_28

01-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Pre-Announcement by Paul McCartney
02-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Intro Yusuf Islam
03-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Where do the children play
04-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - The Little Ones
05-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Peace Train
06-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Maybe There's a world
07-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - All you need is love
08-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Thanks from Paul McCartney
09-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Let it be
10-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Guitar singing & Last Words
11-Islam, Yusuf (Cat Stevens) & Paul McCartney - Auction Save this little guitar

You will have to do a little work to get the link. Sorry, otherwise I have to use 'transferrers'.
Copy and paste into one link, paste it in your browser and hit RETURN
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Pass to extract the file : 071011

File is a small 35MB, 'cause the songs are only in 128kbits

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What an interesting combination, 'Mother Malcolm' and 'Yusuf Islam'. I guess religion is like a cheap tyre, it eventually wears down. Love is stronger than death. Peace, Eric
 
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