Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
Ramadan 2010/1431 officially starts on Wednesday, the 11th of August and will continue for 30 days, until Thursday, the 9th of September.
However, in the Muslim calendar a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Tuesday, the 10th of August.
Based on the moonsighting in North America, Ramadan will start a day later – on Thursday, the 12th of August.
Rumi’s Ramadan Poem
O moon-faced Beloved,
the month of Ramadan has arrived
Cover the table
and open the path of praise.
O fickle busybody,
it’s time to change your ways.
Can you see the one who’s selling the halvah
how long will it be the halvah you desire?
Just a glimpse of the halvah-maker
has made you so sweet even honey says,
“I’ll put myself beneath your feet, like soil;
I’ll worship at your shrine.”
Your chick frets within the egg
with all your eating and choking.
Break out of your shell that your wings may grow.
Let yourself fly.
The lips of the Master are parched
from calling the Beloved.
The sound of your call resounds
through the horn of your empty belly.
Let nothing be inside of you.
Be empty: give your lips to the lips of the reed.
When like a reed you fill with His breath,
then you’ll taste sweetness.
Sweetness is hidden in the Breath
that fills the reed.
Be like Mary – by that sweet breath
a child grew within her.
May Allah bless your fasting and accept your prayers. Ameen!
Note: Scroll down or click HERE for 30 Daily Ramadan Prayers.