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Ramadhan Story Book, Moon Phases

we read Fatima’s First Fast tonight: http://ad-duha.org/digital_library/Mini_Mumin/DS_FF_Flip/DS_FF_Flip.html

didn’t finish it, just read it halfway.

and explored the meaning of taqwa, from wiki(!):

According to Tafsir ibn Kathir, the root meaning of taqwa is to avoid what one dislikes. It was reported that Umar bin Khattab asked Ubay ibn Kaab about Taqwa. Ubay said, “Have you ever walked on a path that has thorns on it?” Umar said, “Yes.” Ubay asked, “What did you do then?” to which Umar replied, “I rolled up my sleeves and struggled.” Ubay said, “That is taqwa, to protect oneself from sin through life’s dangerous journey so that one can successfully complete the journey unscathed by sin.”

Ibn Abbas said about verse 2:5 in the Quran, “guidance for the Muttaqin”, that it means, “They are the believers who avoid shirk with Allah (swt) and who work in His obedience.” He also said that Al-Muttaqin means, “Those who fear Allah’s (swt) Punishment, which would result if they abandoned the true guidance that they recognize and know. They also hope in Allah’s (swt) Mercy by believing in what He revealed.”

and also looked at the moon (it’s 5th of Shaaban, 7th July) it’s a waxing crescent, but as I’m writing, it now says the moon has entered the first quarter and here’s is one of the best visual explanations of moon phases I’ve seen, unfortunately it’s not public domain, so no cut&pasting here 😦

here’s a similar diagram:
Moon Phases

from this page, with more explanations on seasons, eclipses,solstice,equinox etc.

and a moon calendar for one’s own locality.

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