HAGUE, October 15 (IslamOnline.net) - Muslims in The Netherlands
depend on Ramadan calendars to start and end the dawn-to-dusk fasting
during the holy month, but the leaflets also serve other purposes.
members turn to the calendar given the absence of other methods used
in Muslim countries to alert people to the beginning and end of the
fasting such as adhan (call to prayers), canon shots or musaharati (a
man who wakes up people to have their predawn meal).
the European country boasts 300 mosques and prayer halls, the law bans
calling to prayers through loudspeakers, leaving the one million
Muslims personally responsible for keeping their fasting times in the
in other parts of the Islamic world depend on Fajr (dawn) and Maghrib
(noon) adhans to begin and break their fasting.
use the calendars to overcome the restriction, but the leaflet have
become more than a fasting awareness method.
print and distribute these calendars to stress the unity of Muslims
living in the country and overcome their divisions as to the start of
Ramadan," Youssef Douran, the head of the Federation of Muslim
Organizations, told IslamOnline.net.
said his federation takes into consideration the time differences
regarding the start and end of the holy month.
Muslim immigrants insist on adopting the calendar of their countries
Islam uses a lunar calendar, Ramadan begins with the sighting of the
new moon in each country.
said they include in the calendars some verses from the Noble Qur'an
and hadiths giving Muslims information about the virtues of fasting.
simple means could help promote public relations of Muslim
organizations, either among themselves or with other governmental and
non-governmental organizations in The Netherlands," said the
Muslim activist, who hails from Turkish origin.
said the calendar could act the same as Christmas or other greeting
cards marking national holidays.
charities use the calendars to communicate with community members and
promote their programs during the fasting month, in which Muslims tend
to give considerable donations to Islamic relief organizations.
Relief and Al-Quds Foundation are two of the most active organizations
using the calendars to raise more donations for their humanitarian
missions reaching out to the poor and needy Muslims in other parts of
calendars include information on the virtue of giving Zahah (alms) to
Muslims in need in the occupied Palestinian territories and other poor
organizations, moreover, included information on their opening and
closing times in the Ramadan calendars.
mosques in the country get commercial benefits out of publishing and
printing the Ramadan calendars and use the revenues for Islamic
activities organized during the holy month.
owned by Muslims in The Netherlands distribute ads with the calendars
to promote their businesses.
commercial calendars, known for their elegant outlook and fine
printing, are affected by the identity of the company owner, unlike
those printed by Islamic organizations.
the owner is a Turk, the calendar comes accordant with the Turkish
calendar, which most immigrant Turks abide by.
he is of an Arab origin, he then publishes the calendar of Saudi
in The Netherlands are broken down as follows; 40 percent Turks, 40
per cent Moroccans and the remainder from various origins.
is the holiest month of Islam, as it is a time of spiritual reflection
and discipline for the world's more than 1 billion Muslims.
the month, Muslims abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and
sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk.