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Welcome to my blog! True to my name, Shiva the Spy, I will be your eyes and ears in Iran, bringing you detailed accounts of everyday life from my perspective. You'll have a window into the social, cultural, political, and historical aspects of the country. I will bring you the stuff that American media can't...or won't. So, check back regularly for stories, photos, commentary, and anything else your curiosity calls for.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Ramadan: Time For Contemplation

That was the main heading from today's Iran Daily, followed with:

"Oh you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you that you may keep your duty to your Lord." (Holy Qur'an, 2:185)

Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar during which Muslims fast. Lasting for the entire month, Muslims abstain from a number of things, particularly eating, from dawn till dusk.
Ramadan offers an opportunity to gauge one's adherence to religious principles and contemplate over one's goals and conduct.
We wish our Muslim readers an enlightening and empowering Ramadan.

I've never been in a Muslim country during Ramadan, but I heard it's fun. In the U.S., all restaurants remain open and the daily grind continues at the same pace. So, I'm excited to observe the differences here, during the month of fasting, where the population is predominantly Muslim.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, just checking out your journal for the first time since you got back to the homeland. That's a killer banner you got there, did you make it yourself?

8:10 AM  
Blogger Shiva said...

First time?!? Dude, I'll let you slide, only because you've been busy with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. You're right, the banner is killer, and yes, I made it all by myself. Hope all is well, and let me know if you plan to visit Iran anytime soon.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm trying to correct people's image of Iran myself. I'll link from my blog to yours even though I'm afraid you'll steal (all) my readers.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shiva jon
You have described the ceremony so well. I am glad you made it.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Shiva said...

Hi, trav3ler,

Thanks for visiting my site. I think your site allows readers a different perspective, from the viewpoint of a foreigner. I'm assuming that you do not speak Farsi fluently...is this true? Also, I'm wondering if you're currently in Iran, or writing about the experiences you had while you lived here for three years sometime in the past. Either way, I appreciate you linking to my site.

8:26 PM  

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