U.S. Airmen, Marines, Sailors being taught about Ramadan – but not reality of the ‘month of jihad’

Ramadan is known as the month of jihad. It’s when violence by Muslims explodes – no pun intended – each year. Yet U.S. military members are being force fed the mundane aspects of Ramadan that are only informative in that when non-Muslims abide by the sharia during Ramadan – Muslims will wage jihad against them.

Source: DVIDS – News – On eve of Islamic holy month, service members take time to learn about culture, tradition of Ramadan  h/t: Iron Burka

Story by Staff Sgt. Alexander Riedel
407th Air Expeditionary Group

Airmen, Marines, Sailors and coalition partners co-located with the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, gathered May 10 to learn more about the history and culture of the upcoming month of Ramadan.

The 407th AEG chaplain’s office organized the event, hosting two guest speakers, who shared their religion, culture and experience with the uniformed audience.

“Ramadan is a very important part of our religion and culture,” said Bana Azizi, one of the volunteer presenters. “It is a time of sacrifice but also of spiritual (focus) and charity. It is a beautiful time.”

Ramadan is considered to be a “month of blessing” and commemorates the occasion of Allah calling on Muhammad as he journeyed through the desert of modern day Saudi Arabia, near Mecca, revealing the first verses of what would later become the Quran.

This year, in the lunar calendar used by many Muslims, Ramadan 2017 will begin in the evening of May 26 and ends in the evening of Saturday, June 24, although dates and observance may vary depending on location and orientation of faith.

Ramadan marks the most important time of the year for Muslims, who are required by their faith to fast during daylight hours. This fast is part of the five pillars of Islam along with shahada (confession of faith), salat (prayer), zakat (almsgiving) and hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca).

During the night, however, the faithful break their fast as they partake in meals with family and friends. These occasions then culminate in Eid-al-Fitr, the festival that ends Ramadan in a much-anticipated celebration.

Ramadan is not only about denial throughout the day, said Chaplain (Capt) Rob Pitts, the 407th AEG chaplain. It also emphasizes loving ones neighbors through nightly meals and charitable giving.

“Ramadan is a good reminder for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to strengthen one’s relationships,” Pitts said. “For some, the relationship with God and relationships with others are keys to spiritual fitness.”

Much like the dates for the month may vary slightly, the briefers explained not all Muslims celebrate Ramadan exactly alike. From subtle changes of when to break the fast to other variations – the holy month is celebrated by believers in their own way in an effort to honor their relationship to God.

“There is great power in understanding people’s diverse backgrounds,” Pitts said. “Many of us may not practice Islam, so this was a great opportunity for us to build bridges of understanding and awareness.
“Not everyone is alike,” Pitts continued. “We all have different backgrounds and stories to share. But when we come together to accomplish the mission, in a unity of effort, that diversity brings a lot of strength to the table.”

The speakers shared an early example of breaking the fast by sharing dates with those in attendance and left their audience with a simple tip on how to positively support those actively participating in Ramadan – by using the friendly phrase “Ramadan Kareem – to you and your family,” as a way to share well-wishes with friends and co-workers.

“I believe there are a lot more similarities than there are differences between all people,” Azizi said. “And if we can bridge some gaps, increase some understanding, it can build common ground for us to understand and respect each other – and ultimately allows us to celebrate our differences.”

As we’ve noted before, Arabic websites also promote Ramadan as the Month of Jihad and Conquest (in English here). Related links below too.

8 thoughts on “U.S. Airmen, Marines, Sailors being taught about Ramadan – but not reality of the ‘month of jihad’

  1. For over 1400 years Ramadan has shown that Muslims plan attacks while strengthening their relationship with Islam. Islam commands them to Jihad. Expect Sudden Jihad Syndrome to happen in Europe, Middle East, and Asia Immediately following Eid-al-Fitr the end of June and an attack in The United States on July 4th. The attacks will be followed by more BS telling us that Islam is a ” Religion Of Peace “.

  2. Muslims seemingly love blood. They love spilling it. They love soaking in it. They slaughter animals (and ono-Muslims) with ecstatic blood fest joy. In the Netherlands alone, which has only a million Muslims, 100,000 animals were slaughtered in 2010 for Eid al-Adha.

    More facts:
    A new study by scientists in the United States has revealed that pregnant Muslim women who fast during Ramadan are likely to have smaller babies who will be more prone to learning disabilities in adulthood.

    An estimated 90 million of the world’s 1.57 billion Muslims are likely to suffer from migraine headaches during the dawn-to-dusk fasts during the month of Ramadan – which begins on Wednesday, at the height of summer heat. But Jewish researchers in the US and Israel have suggested how to help prevent the problem.
    Dr. Ibrahim Abu-Salameh, Israel’s only Beduin neurologist – who works at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba – headed a team that found migraine attacks are three times more common during the Muslim fast than in the rest of the year.
    . . .
    During Ramadan, the productivity of Arab businesses drops by 78%. The essential factors? Fewer work hours, absenteeism, and sick leave. In the meantime, diseases linked to cholesterol and diabetes by 27.65% because of overeating. Experts claimed that increases in blood crimes (+1.5%) and theft (+3.5%) are mainly the result of abstinence from smoke.
    . . .
    The figures are included in a survey carried out by Cairòs Institute of Social Sciences of the Arab World which was printed today by ‘Leaders’, a Tunisian website

    Migraines were much more common in women than men; three-quarters of the women complained of migraine while fasting, compared to a much lower figure among the men. The Soroka study was published recently in the Journal of Headache and Pain.[2]

    Egyptians’ food purchases during Ramadan soar beyond all other monthly consumer averages, straining the efforts of ministers concerned with supply and domestic trade to keep up with demand. According to a recent study by the National Centre for Social and Criminal Research (NCSCR), 83 per cent of Egyptian families alter their food consumption habits during Ramadan in a way that augments their food bill for this month by 50 to 100 per cent. If total annual consumer spending in Egypt comes to around LE200 billion, LE30 billion of this is spent in Ramadan, which is to say at a rate of LE1 billion a day, the bulk of which goes to food in this month of “fasting”.

    Last year during Ramadan, there was an upsurge against Christians in the Muslim world,” says Jerry Dykstra of Open Doors, USA. Dykstra says that although persecution did not increase in every Muslim nation, it did increase significantly in many of them, Egypt being one of the worst.

    Read more: Source: Wikiislam.com: https://wikiislam.net/wiki/Muslim_Statistics_-_Rituals_and_Festivals

  3. OH they DO tell our armed forces a LOT about Ramlamadingdong days- of course as you say, not the RELEVANT STUFF- like allah gives extra virgins for JIHAD killers and this is the time he recommended doing it. Which of course means OUR GUYS will be in EXTRA danger, more than normal. Hungry Muslims spend all day listening to – HATE Speech </s) prayers getting ready to riot party.

    What our soldiers are told is to RESPECT their holiday by NOT EATING !!!! well hello, our guys not being MUSLIMS, do not have to FAST- nor be respectful to a religion that calls our faiths false.

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