Category Archives: Islam

Saudi Arabian Book Reviews

In preparation to come to the Kingdom and since I have been here, I have read many books on Saudi Arabian history and culture.  The books have helped me to  make sense of the country in which I live. Although … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak

Eid-ul-Fatr is the first day after Ramadan when fasting has finished.  Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “breaking the fast”.   The festivities and religious significance are similar to Christmas at home. The greeting for Eid is Eid Mubarak which … Continue reading

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Ramadan Kareem

 Ramadan decorations Ramadan has just finished and Saudi society is currently celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, shortened to Eid.   The exact start of Ramadan and of Eid depends on the sighting of the new moon.  Ramadan lasts for an entire cycle of the … Continue reading

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Salah & the Call to Prayer

Minarets used for call to prayer are a signature feature on most mosques. Some mosques have extra loud speakers situated high to ensure the call to prayer is heard loud and clear.  It is very loud.  I use to wake … Continue reading

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The 5 Pillars of Islam

1) Shahadah Declaration of faith that there is only one God and that Mohammed is God’s messenger.  Islam is a monotheistic religion which does not accept any type of idol worship. 2) Salah or Prayer Prayer occurs 5 times a … Continue reading

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