A reflection of faith

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Each day of September, Huma Bhutta has known what it means to be hungry.

"Fasting is about holding back. It's about realizing there are people less fortunate than you," said Ms. Bhutta, a Pakistani native who worships at the Islamic Society of Augusta.

During Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

The holiday, she said, "teaches me to be thankful for what I have."

Ms. Bhutta joined hundreds of Muslims at the mosque off Pleasant Home Road on Wednesday morning for Eid al-Fitr, or the festival of fast-breaking, which marks the end of Ramadan.

It's only human nature to forget our blessings, especially in times of financial and economic distress, said Imam Majed Al Sabke, the mosque's leader.

"The month of Ramadan is training -- training to be patient, training to be kind, training to be generous," he said after leading a prayer service in both Arabic and English before a large potluck outside the mosque.

Charity, or zakat in Arabic, is a tenet of the faith. Islam calls on members to give 2.5 percent of their savings annually. During Ramadan, many increase their giving, for it is said their rewards will be multiplied 70 times.

Despite economic woes, "donations are up high to the sky," said Imam Al Sabke, a native of Lebanon who is celebrating his second Ramadan in Augusta.

Ramadan is a chance to reflect on the way things are meant to be, said Ismail Kaddour.

"We come to realize that we can fix this crisis by not overspending or wasting," said Dr. Kaddour, who is a cancer researcher at the Medical College of Georgia and a native of Algeria.

"We should not sleep with plenty of food while our neighbor is hungry," Dr. Kaddour said. "I'm really concerned. I am a U.S. citizen. My faith tells me we can do better for each other than this."

Reach Kelly Jasper at (706) 823-3552 or kelly.jasper@augustachronicle.com.

RAMADAN


WHAT: The ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar


WHEN: Ramadan began Sept. 1 and ended with a feast Wednesday morning to break the month of fasting.


ORIGIN: Ramadan is the month in which, about 610 A.D., the Quran began to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.


PROHIBITED: Muslims must abstain from eating and drinking, sexual activity, smoking, using profane language and backbiting, or speaking ill of others from dawn to dusk each day during Ramadan.

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MtnMan
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MtnMan 10/02/08 - 02:40 am
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Ramadan is beautiful! Dr.

Ramadan is beautiful! Dr. Kaddour has explained Ramadan beautifully! I think we in this country need to have a "Ramadan" at least once a week.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 10/02/08 - 08:25 am
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And in Iraq Sunni Muslims

And in Iraq Sunni Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan by killing 19 Shiite Muslims and injuring 50 more. That religion of peace.....

karmakills123
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karmakills123 10/02/08 - 09:15 am
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lol mtnman..maybe osaba can

lol mtnman..maybe osaba can make that happen !!

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 10/02/08 - 09:28 am
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"The month of Ramadan is

"The month of Ramadan is training -- training to be patient, training to be kind, training to be generous,"

Too bad no one ever bothered to tell Mohammad that. The only thing he was generous with was his sword and the blood he shed to spread his "peaceful" religion.

rufus
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rufus 10/02/08 - 12:07 pm
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I get a headache if I don't

I get a headache if I don't eat

rufus
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rufus 10/02/08 - 01:13 pm
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I heard the reason they fast

I heard the reason they fast now is because one of them was eating fried chicken and the bomb slipped out of his hand.

HippieChick
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HippieChick 10/02/08 - 04:57 pm
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They give more money during

They give more money during this time because it will come back to them 7 fold.. Sounds like greed is the motivation... Praise Alia

420Time
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420Time 10/02/08 - 10:10 pm
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allahu akbar

allahu akbar

drZoomy
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drZoomy 10/10/08 - 05:44 am
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Violence iand killing is not

Violence iand killing is not related to the islam religion, And who ever is killing any human except defending themselves whcih is not the case here are not considered to be muslims.
In addition, we are not even sure that the killers are muslims, but this is what we are always told by the media.
My advice for you is differentiate between islam as a religion and what people claiming islam do.

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