The month of Ramadan is an opportunity to put free will to a test for
Muslims across the world. By fasting from dawn to sunset, Muslims do not onlystay away from food, they are also expected to attain the most virtuous conductby being generous in the heart as well as in charity, by shutting off their mindsand tongues to evil thoughts and words, and by appreciating every bit of foodand water, the value of which we normally ignore. The Questions and Answerssection in this issue focuses on this blessed month with a special emphasis onhabitualizing the discipline we become accustomed to during Ramadan.
Ramadan is also a time for realizing the differences among multicultural
societies. Many Muslims invite their non-Muslim neighbors to share
fast-breaking dinners with them. Trish Madigan, a Dominican sister from
Australia, illustrates how much she has learned from Islam in her article
on such occasions, and she stresses that there are many issues that both
Muslims and Christians can “resonate with” if they step forward to explore
each other’s faiths.
Another example of sharing comes from Abdullah Aymaz. In his article,
Aymaz recounts an interesting story of Ottoman donations to the Irish people
who were desperately suffering due to the Great Hunger in the 1840s. The
Ottoman sultan, not daunted by political or logistical obstacles, or the long distance,sent five ships full of food to Ireland. This act of charity is still being commemoratedin gratitude by the Irish. This article narrates a great example ofa humanitarian service in which no discrimination sullied the feeling of sharing.
This month’s issue also contains remarkable topics from biology, astronomy,
and physics. In “Hearing for Deaf Ears” we will learn how the ear functions
and discover a new technology for those who cannot hear: Cochlear Implant
(CI) systems. In “What Makes Planets Revolve Around the Sun” we will be presentedwith interesting data about solar activity, and in “Thoughts on Matterand Anti-Matter” we will be taken on a thought-provoking journey in atom.
We wish you a blissful Ramadan.