Top 10 Ways to Boost Spiritual Health

Top 10 Ways to Boost Spiritual Health Faith is a tremendous gift from God. But in the midst of our busy lives it takes some extra effort to stay spiritually healthy. A lot of things compete for our attention. We yearn to know God more deeply, but our lifestyle choices...

What is Meditation?

What is Meditation? Meditation is a reading and understanding of the Book of Life. We have many daily problems (activities) in this world. Meditation allows all this activity to settle down, and often results in the mind becoming more peaceful, calm and focused. In essence, meditation allows the awareness to...

Islamic Holidays

Islamic Holidays There are two official holidays in Islam: Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting during daylight hours), and Muslims may invoke zakat (charity) on the occasion which begins after the new moon sighting for the beginning of Shawal. The Eid al-Fitr celebration begins with prayers the...

Islamic Calendar

Islamic Calendar The Islamic, Muslim, or Hijri calendar (التقويم الهجري‎ at-taqwīm al-hijrī) is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is used to determine the proper days of Islamic holidays and rituals, such as the annual period of fasting and the proper time for the pilgrimage to Mecca. The civil calendar of almost all countries...

Suhoor or Suhur

Suhoor or Suhur Suhūr or Suhoor (سحور‎, “of the dawn”, “pre-dawn meal”; is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, sawm, before dawn during or outside the Islamic month of Ramadan. It is usually done around 4:00 AM. The meal is eaten before fajr prayer.[1]Also, Fajr Prayer can be prayed after Suhoor....

Iftar

Iftar Iftar (or Fatoor) (إفطار‎ ʾifṭār  ‘break fast’) is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Muslims break their fast at the time of the call to prayer for the evening prayer. This is their second meal of the day; the daily fast during Ramadan begins immediately after the pre-dawn meal of Suhur and continues during the daylight hours, ending...

Tarawih

Tarawih Tarawih (تراويح‎) refers to extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic Every Third Part Of Night during Ramadan. Name variations Acehnese: Seumayang Teurawèh Albanian: Namazi i teravive Arabic: صلاة التراويح‎, translit.Ṣalāt al-Tarāwīḥ Azerbaijani: Təravih namazı Bengali: তারাবীহ, translit.Tarabeeh(taraweeh) Indonesian, Malay, Javanese: Salat tarawih, Solat tarawih Kazakh: Тарауих намазы Persian, Dari: نماز تراويح Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian: Teravih-namaz; Teravija Somali: Salaada Taraawiixda Sundanese: Tarawéh Turkish: Terâvih...

Laylat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr Laylat al-Qadr (لیلة القدر‎), variously rendered in English as the Night of Decree,[2] Night of Power,[3] Night of Value, Night of Destiny,[4] or Night of Measures, is an Islamic belief the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.[5] It is one of the nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. Muslims believe that on...

Ramadan

What is Ramadan? Ramadan (رمضان‎ Ramaḍān, Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar[3] and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.[4][5] This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.[6] The month lasts 29–30 days based on the...

Abstinence

What Is Abstinence? Abstinence is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to sexual abstinence, or abstinence from alcohol, drugs, or food. Because the regimen is intended to be a conscious act, freely chosen to enhance life, abstinence is sometimes distinguished from...

Asceticism

What Is Asceticism? Asceticism (exercise, training) is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from sensual pleasures, often for the purpose of pursuing spiritual goals. Ascetics may withdraw from the world for their practices or continue to be part of their society, but typically adopt a frugal lifestyle, characterised by the renunciation...

Lent

What Is Lent? Lent (Quadragesima, ‘Fortieth’) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of...

Fasting in Buddhism

Fasting in Buddhism In Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of Fasting. The Buddha is known to have practiced extreme forms of fasting which led to his emaciation and to have famously abandoned it before his great awakening. Nevertheless, different forms of fasting are practiced in various Buddhist traditions....

Detoxification or Body Cleansing

Detoxification (alternative medicine) Detoxification (often shortened to detox and sometimes called body cleansing) is a type of alternative medicine treatment which aims to rid the body of unspecified “toxins” – substances that proponents claim have accumulated in the body and have undesirable short-term or long-term effects on individual health. Activities commonly associated with detoxification include dieting, fasting, consuming exclusively...

Preoperative Fasting

What is Preoperative Fasting? Preoperative fasting is the practice of a patient abstaining from oral food and fluid intake for a time before an operation is performed. This is intended to prevent pulmonary aspiration of stomach contents during general anesthesia.[1] Pulmonary aspiration The main reason for preoperative fasting is to prevent pulmonary aspiration of stomach contents while under the effects of...

Simple Living

Simple Living Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one’s lifestyle. These may include, for example, reducing one’s possessions, generally referred to as minimalism, or increasing self-sufficiency. Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have rather than want.[1][2] Although asceticism generally promotes living simply and refraining from luxury and indulgence, not all proponents of simple...

Fasting and Abstinence of The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria

Fasting and Abstinence of The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria The Copts (Christians of Egypt), who belong mostly to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, observe fasting periods according to the Coptic calendar. These fasting periods are exceeded by no other Christian community except the Orthodox Tewahedo. Out of the 365 days of the...

Fasting in Hinduism

Fasting in Hinduism Fasting is a very integral part of the Hindu religion. Individuals observe different kinds of fasts based on personal beliefs and local customs. Some are listed below. Some Hindus fast on certain days of the month such as Ekadasi, Pradosha, or Purnima. Certain days of the week...

a Daoist fasting

Bigu (grain avoidance)

Bigu (grain avoidance) Bigu (辟谷; 辟穀; bìgǔ; pi-ku; ‘avoiding grains’) is a Daoist fasting technique associated with achieving xian “transcendence; immortality”. Grain avoidance is related to multifaceted Chinese cultural beliefs. For instance, bigu fasting was the common medical cure for expelling the sanshi 三尸 “Three Corpses”, the malevolent, grain-eating spirits that live in the...

Nineteen Day Fast

Nineteen Day Fast (Fasting in Baha’i Faith) The Nineteen-Day Fast (2 March–20 March) is a nineteen-day period of the year, during which members of the Bahá’í Faith adhere to a sunrise-to-sunset fast. Along with obligatory prayer, it is one of the greatest obligations of a Bahá’í, and its chief purpose...

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