Being a Muslim it is a duty to carry out Ramadan fast, as it is one of the pillars of Islam, which every Muslim must follow.
Richard Mouw's article about "competing" prayers made me reflect about what Muslims may be praying for as we approach war with Iraq.
'" () God likes to hear us pray for the same thing over and over and over again. Prayers that come only from the lips are not what God wants (Although I can't say God would not answer those prayers as well). If not, then God has decreed thus, and He does what He wills.
I disagree, however, that we should not tell God "what to do." By my asking God to do something for me, I further acknowledge that He is the Force behind everything in this world. I have prayed for His Mercy and Forgiveness of my (countless) sins, and I have prayed for God to remind me to pick up some milk on the way home from work. We should pray with full hope that God will answer the prayer. The Prophet told us, "God will answer the prayer of those of you who are not in haste." For instance, if I pray for an "A" in English (by far my worst subject in school) and I get an "F" on a paper, I should not say, "Well, I prayed for an 'A' in the class and God did not answer my prayer." If I continue to pray for the "A", God will answer the prayer. If we patiently continue to pray for what we want from God, He will give it to us. There are three outcomes to a Muslim sincerely making a prayer, called dua' in Arabic.
Modern countries in the Muslim world all have their own laws.
In most of them only a small part of the legal system is based on classical sharia.
I am also sure there are Muslims, probably Saddam Hussein's Iraqi victims, who are praying for a war that will finally rid them of their vile dictator. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told us that "prayer is the mind of worship." My recent pilgrimmage to Mecca taught me this lesson.
When the hilal is visible again at the end of the month, it is the time to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr (break the fast). Apart from the five daily prayers they also recite Taraweeh prayer, and on Lailatul Qadr, also called as the night of power, when Muslims spend their entire night praying to Allah.Muslims disagree on how sharia should be applied in the modern world.People of different religions who speak Arabic use the word sharīʿah to describe a religous tradition that comes from teachings of prophets.Ramadan, the holy month of Muslims and the ninth month of Islamic calendar is the month of fasting for the Muslims. Fasting is supposed to be one of the five pillars (duties) of Islam, which a Muslim should follow.Ramadan involves fasting during the daytime, saying no to food, drink, smoking and sexual activities.