Source: Public Opninion
Our President said, “I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights.” Obama said. “I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans, no matter their religion or appearance.”
He added, “We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim.”
This is a policy of our current President and our founding fathers George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe and, of course, Benjamin Franklin. These men, together with several other key players of their time, structured the American democracy and left a legacy that has shaped the America and the world.
I want to educate my fellow Americans about the holy month Ramadan, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days, based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.
Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, traveling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. Fasting runs from dawn until sunset.
Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may reduce the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying etc.) and fighting.
Food and drink are served daily before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards for fasting are to be increased or multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes offering of prayers and recitation and reading of the Quran.
What is main purpose of fasting? It is for the pleasure of God Almighty.
Fasting creates a sense of how hard it is to live without food and water, which encourages feeding the poor and needy. Muslims do more charity during this month and spend more time in remembrance of the creator, and do more prayers, especially at night. Fasting also helps every Muslim with self-control, righteousness, personal reformation and tolerance.
Muslims are not allowed to harm anyone in the month of Ramadan – that means that despite talking as offensively as you wish to any Muslim, you will be shocked to know that we Muslims say only good things in this month and ignore all bad talk. In response you will get love and peace only – love for all, hatred for none.
Does it seem as though ISIS or the Taliban contradict these basic facts in the holy month of Ramadan? Why? Because they are not true Muslims?
Akram Khalid , Chambersburg
I am not sure what caused the progressives to despise so many things. Sixty to 100 years ago, the main thing the Democratic Party targeted was African Americans. Today, that has expanded many fold. I am not suggesting that all the members are like this, but the Democratic Party and liberals have despised a lot of things.
Obama belittles the ideals that made America great. I was pleased he did not apologize for our American warships getting in the way of the Russian war planes. He seemingly is against America being an exceptional world leader. He compromises the military, police, the border patrol and continually puts them down for trying to do their jobs along with jeopardizing their safety and ours.
The progressives despise the Constitution, especially the First and Second Amendments, personal motivation, independent thinking, and competition because it limits government’s power. They despise the most innocent among us and the unborn child more than Islamic terrorists. Obama cannot seem to even utter Islamic terrorists but has no problem lecturing us about Islamophobia. You would think he would hate evil but can’t even call evil “evil” along with confronting the serious issues of America.
They despise the fossil fuel and pharmaceutical companies that together, have saved more lives than anything else in the world. The liberals sarcastically wrap themselves in the American flag while despising many of the things that have made America great.
I don’t remember Kennedy hating all those things – in fact, I believe he embraced most of the things that are despised by the liberals today. Obviously, our allies can no longer trust America under Obama and he has passed Carter on being the worst and most inept president since James Buchanan.
Darrell Brechbill, Chambersburg