Ramadan Muslim Fasting 2021| 11 Intriguing Questions About Ramadan Tradition!

Ramadan has started from April 12th and approximately 1.6 billion Muslims will observe it amidst the pandemic. Do you know what that means? It means that someone from your friends, coworkers, and neighbors is fasting today and celebrating the Holy month of Ramadan. The activities celebrated during this month are unique and hold a sense of curiosity amongst non-Muslims. Are you someone who is intrigued by this Holy month? Do you ever wonder how this fasting is going to be like? Are there any rules that you need to be vigilant about while fasting? And lastly, do you want to learn more about it so you can be considerate about your fasting friends?If you want to learn about Ramadan, continue to read below!What is Ramadan about?                                  To start with, Ramadan is a Holy and sacred month for Muslims all over the world. Muslims believe that the gates of heaven open for the devoted Muslims in the month of Ramadan, whereas the gates of hell shutdown and the devil gets chained. Muslims also believe that during this month, God revealed the first few verses of the Holy Quran. Normally, fasting is done from dawn to sunset. Muslims are disciplined and extend their prayers and increase charity as well as generosity. Ramadan is not actually the time to celebrate and enjoy - it’s the time to repent and pray for your sins to be forgiven. When the Holy month ends, Muslims get to have a three-day celebration known as Eid-ul-Fitr. You can compare this celebratory event with Christmas, because it’s the time when everyone comes together and exchanges gifts and tokens of love and positivity. How does fasting work?Fasting is one of the five pillars for Muslims, also known as duties of Muslims. It includes testimony of faith, prayer, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims that are pregnant, nursing, menstruating, traveling, or have younger children and sometimes even the elderly can get special dispensations for fasting. The purpose of fasting is to remind yourself of your duty and learn the importance of patience. You get to think about the poor and the less fortunate people than you by reducing distractions in life. While fasting, you are supposed to abstain from eating food or drinking any liquid. You can also not smoke cigarettes or engage in any kind of sexual behavior. All of this goes on from dawn to sunset. What is a typical day like during Ramadan?Ramadan is almost the same as any other month, but you get to spend more time indulging in religious activities. You have your first meal before dawn and your last is usually at sunset, try to consume high-fiber and high-protein food, and lots of liquids so you can stay hydrated throughout the day. You offer prayers and try to have a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You go about your regular work and school work. Many Muslims enjoy having a cup of tea right after they break their fast with “iftari”. Can you lose weight during Ramadan?Many people assume that since people don’t eat anything from dawn to sunset, you can lose weight during this month. This is actually not true. In fact, this can be incredibly difficult for your metabolism, especially when it’s not used to such disturbance. Besides, everybody overcompensates and ends up eating more, thinking that they’d get hungry or feel weak later on. However, there are some people who do end up losing weight and shed extra pounds by following a strict and healthy diet. Why do the dates of Ramadan change every year?The date of Ramadan is decided according to the lunar calendar and the phases of the moon. And so, 12 months add up to 354 days, which makes it 11 days shorter than the 365 days that is in the standard Gregorian calendar. Why is there always confusion about exactly what day Ramadan starts on?Every year, the Ramadan date is on a different day, and it’s one of the most searched phases of the year. Honestly, a lot of people are under the assumption that Muslims around the world aren’t sure of the exact date of Ramadan, and so when they even Google it they discover that it regularly varies. In all honesty, the sight of the new moon is the sole indicator of Ramadan. But this is quite messy; even within the same country, the moon can be sighted at different days and time. How Many days is Ramadan observed?Ramadan is normally celebrated for 30 days. However, there are times when it’s quite controversial, but some people end up observing Ramadan for 29 and sometimes only 28 days as conflicts related to moon sighting arise. Are there differences between how Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims observe Ramadan?There are only two main differences between the two: the Shia community breaks the fast when the redness of the sun completely disappears, whereas the Sunni community breaks the fast right as the sun sets. Furthermore, the Shia community have one additional holiday, whereas the Sunni community doesn’t.How can one be respectful of Muslims during Ramadan? You don’t really need to do much. Just be kind, patient, and helpful. You just need to extend emotional support and not add pressure on them at work or school.   Try not to make fun of them or make them feel bad about anything that they do while fasting. What are the foods that Muslim consume during Ramadan?Muslims try to consume high protein and high fiber food. As per the norm, they open their fast with dates and water. Just make sure that you’re respectful of everyone as well as kind and empathetic. Also, like our page for more information!   

Google Doodle| The Metropolitan Museum of Art Wishes Ramadan Mubarak With Stunning #Mirhrab or Prayer Niche!

Today, April 13, marks the 151st anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And in honor of this occasion, Google has dedicated a special doodle for its homepage, featuring artworks from the massive collection of New York’s institution.Originally, this doodle was planned for the 150th anniversary last year, but it was postponed because of the pandemic. The animated doodle was designed by artist Erich Nagler, who is the lead art director of Google Doodles.The animated doodle features digital samples from the Met’s artwork collection, including a 13th-century terracotta sculpture from the Inland Niger Delta region of Mali, a Chinese sculpture from 2nd century BCE, “The Unicorn Rests in a Garden” (1495-1505), Jr.’s “Self-Portrait” (ca. 1941), a 1800-year-old ornate Italian guitar form Italian, and a stunning Mirhrab a.ka. Prayer Niche.Each letter of the Google Doodle represents an artwork, digitally recreating some of the institution’s most cherished sculptures, painting, instruments and significant religious pieces, including historic treasures.Underneath the works of art, the doodle also features the Net’s Fifth Avenue building along with lines indicating where each object lies within its galleries.“I actually began working on this Doodle last year, to celebrate the Met’s 150th anniversary, but had to postpone due to the pandemic,” Nagler stated in the FAQ section on Google’s website. “I haven’t yet been able to visit the museum since then, so my goal for the Doodle was to try and recreate the feeling of visiting the museum from numerous past visits.”The Met is currently holding a collection of more than 1.5 million objects from around the world, with historic pieces dating back to 5000 years. The museum held an exhibition “Making The Met, (1870-2020)” last year to celebrate its 150th anniversary.  The exhibition was originally planned for the spring of 2020, but the administration had to postpone till august because of Covid-19 related restrictions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art came into being in 1870 when a group of American citizens – businesses, artists, thinkers, and financiers – decided to establish an institution to bring art and historic education to the U.S citizens. On the same day, the institution was officially incorporated and acquired one of its first art pieces called a Roman Sarcophagus.What is Mihrab (Prayer Niche)Met’s anniversary comes right on time when millions of Muslims around the globe are observing the holy of month of Ramadan. It is the month where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and indulge in various religious activities such as charity and prayers. During this month, Muslims devote more time to prayer and acts of charity, aiming to improve their deeds and self-discipline. Met is also known for maintaining extensive holding of Islamic art, including the iconic Mihrab.Mihrab or prayer niche, was originally made for the Qibla wall of Madrasa Imami, a theological school in Isfahan built just after collapse of the Ilkhanid dynasty. It features intricate arabesque titles and calligraphic designs, which are considered to be the earliest and finest works for mosaic tilework. This mihrab, a magnificent work of religious architectural decoration, is one the most significant additions in the Museum’s collection.It features Arabic inscription of hadith of Prophet Muhammad in Kufic script: “Said [the prophet] (on him be blessing and peace): witness that there is no God save Allah and that Muhammad is his Apostle and the Blessed Imam, and in legal almsgiving, and in the pilgrimage, and in the fast of Ramadan, and he said, on him be blessing and peace.”The center of the niche features Arabic inscription in thuluth script: “The prophet (May blessings and peace be upon him) said: The mosque is the abode of every believer.”In addition to Mihrab, following are the artworks that also inspired the doodle: Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr, Self-Portrait (ca. 1941).Dress from Lakota/Teton Siox, Native American The Unicorn Rests in a Garden from the Unicorm Tapseries (1949-1505)Last year, the museum was closed for 202 days due to Covid-19 pandemic, and attracted only 1,124,759 visitors, recording a drop of 83 percent from the previous year. But despite that, the museum still holds the ninth spot in the list of most-visited art museums in the world.Now that the virus is situation is getting better across the country, it might be the perfect time to make our way to the museum and join them in their celebration of 151st anniversary.Whether you’re a regular visitor or heading to the museum for the first time, don’t forget to visit a specific blue ceramic hippopotamus called “William: from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom. It is the Met’s unofficial mascot, and he is definitely going to be the highlight of your trip!Happy anniversary to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, hope you have many more!And Happy Ramadan to all of our Muslim readers, hope you have a wonderful and peaceful month! Now that you’re here, don’t forget to check our Facebook for more occasion-centric content and also hit the like button to get latest news on your timeline from around the world.

The Investigators Looking Into Sexual Harassment Claims against Gov. Cuomo Are Getting Paid As Much As $750 per Hour

The investigators who’re appointed to review the sexual harassment allegation charged against New York Gov. Cuomo are apparently getting paid $750 per hour!Attorney General Letitia James was responsible for hiring these investigators; it happened right after several women made the allegation. According to The Daily News, these investigators have all the power to conduct the investigation— they’re leading the probing as they deem fit. They’ve also acquired internal documents through FOIA requests, which has made the investigations wide open for them and they can use as much power as they want and retrieve whatever information they need. A couple of months ago, several women came forward and accused the governor of inappropriate and sexually harassing remarks, claiming that he has made serious advances towards them. Who are these investigators? Well, it’s the former Acting US Attorney for New York’s Southern District Joon Kim along with discrimination attorney Anne Clark. They’re the ones leading the investigation and questioning the people related to the case. The Daily News has acquired a document that reveals the job description of these investigators and the powers they possess. According to that document, their offices have all the authority to use any of its resources as they deem appropriate to carry out. Both offices will be retained for at least six months, but it’s possible for James to extend his contract - at least, that’s what the report claims!Naturally, they’re charging a hefty amount and are top-level partners on the investigation. They are getting paid $750 per hour. But do you know that even the mid and lower-level partners in the investigation are charging a large sum of money. For instance, the mid-level partners are getting paid $575 per hour whereas the junior-level partners are getting $500. Senior Associates, on the other hand, are receiving $450 and junior associated are getting $325!The investigators are supposed to prepare and deliver weekly reports and keep the First Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Levy in the loop. By the end of this investigation, they’re mandated to come up with a written report that contains all of the finding and conclusions. Since December, Cuomo has experienced many accusations of the same nature, and so it’s essential that they’re taken seriously. The first accusation was from his former aide, who claimed that he harassed her for years.  Her name is Lindsey Boylan, and she said that she worked with him from 2015 till 2018 and in this time she was sexually harassed. She, of course, didn’t get into the sad details. By February, she broke her silence and revealed that Cuomo not only touched her inappropriately but also kissed her without her consent. After the news broke, Cuomo was inquired about it repeatedly, and he defended himself and said that these claims are all false. However, these accusations cannot be taken lightly, because ten other women have come out ever since and raised similar allegations against the governor!Anyway, do like our page on Facebook and get to know more about this case! 

Sibling’s Day 2021| How People Are Celebrating around the World

It’s here! The day to celebrate our inherent frenemies whom we can’t imagine living without! Honestly, if we got a nickel every time our siblings tried to rage a war against us, we would’ve been a billionaire by now. But regardless of our differences, we still love them unconditionally.Agree or not, the sibling bond is one of the most important ones in our lives. There is no other peer relationship that includes shared genes, shared upbringing, shared secrets and so many shared memories.  Many studies show how important is to have siblings for reminiscing (stories of holidays would be so boring without them), companionship, and moral support. Yet there are times when we wish that our brothers and sisters just vanished into thin air, forever! Well, that is just a temporary feeling. Deep down in our hearts, we truly love them and would kill for them.Whether your relationship with your sibling is like the one of TVD’s Salvatore brothers...…or Friends’ Ross and Monica Gellar, you sure want to celebrate a day together with them, and there’s no better time to do this than on National Siblings Day 2021!Today is all about reflecting on the unconditional love you have for the person (or people) with whom you share a parent (or two). Here’s how people are celebrating the National Siblings’ Day 2021 around the world:But before moving on, let’s discuss some interesting facts about the person who introduced this day in the first place. BTW, when is National Siblings’ Day 2021?The Siblings Day is celebrated on April 10th every year. And as the name suggests, the day is meant to honor and celebrate the bond between siblings. This day was introduced by a woman named Claudia Evart after she lost her siblings (a brother and a sister), at young ages. The first ever Siblings Day was celebrated in 1995.The date of April 10th was selected because it is the birthday of Claudia’s sister, Lisette. According to Nationaltoday.com sibling survey, almost 89% of US citizens have brothers and sisters. And the same survey suggests that about 16% of those people described their relationship with siblings as love, support and fun. Whether you like them or not, they are the part of your life and you have to be with them. Here’s how you can celebrate Siblings’ day with your better or worst halves:Post a childhood picture on social mediaRemember the time when you cut your brother’s hair when he was asleep, and he had to go bald because of you? Share that memory with all of your peers and have a good laugh all over again.  Make a TikTok video togetherMobile phones always come in the way of spending quality time with family, but why not use the same technology as a means to enjoy with them? This Siblings’ Day, make a funny TikTok video with your siblings and share it on social media. Order FoodRelive those golden times when you and your siblings used to pitch in for ordering a pizza at midnight. Food has always been an ultimate source of bringing people together and also pushing them apart. That said, this time, keep your close eye on the last pizza slice!Sending your sibling hand-written notes or cardsAnything made with love make for a precious gift! Send your dear brothers and sisters a hand-written card to show them your love. No matter how bad your hand-writing is, just give it a shot. They might like it, who knows? Honestly, hand-written cards are a means of collecting more memories. Let your creative juices flow, think of something that will make this card a memorable one for your sibling: paste a picture, write a funny joke or even a meme; anything that’ll put a smile on your siblings’ face.Have a movie night with themWatching movies together has always been a tradition among siblings. Of course, nobody wants to spoil it for others, so the safe approach is to watch it together or not watch it at all. Anyways, on this sibling’s day, grab some popcorn and have a movie night with siblings. To avoid potential fights, let your parents decide a movie instead. Or if choosing a movie is hard, you can even watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S!Five surprising facts about siblingsOlder the wiserOkay, when people say the ‘older is wiser’ they say it right! According to several studies, the firstborns tend to have an academic advantage over the rest of the siblings. Well, we know that’s unfair but….The younger one is naughtier and funnierAs per a recent survey conducted by Harvard University, the younger ones tend to have a better sense of humor than the older siblings. Sorry, lads, you can beat your little brother up but you can’t beat him in humor! Sibling makes dating easierAccording to a research, having a sibling of the opposite sex makes you more attractive to your partner when dating. Guess your little sister can finally turn out to be useful for you!The younger sibling is shorter, literally!A research involving British families found that in a family having multiple siblings, the younger ones tend to be an inch shorter in height than the rest. Birth orders matter!This is not a coincidence but a recent survey found that if you’re older, you’re most likely to marry an older child, and if you’re a middle-child, the chances are you will likely to marry a middle-child as well! Well, birth orders matter, told ya!So, what are your plans to celebrate National siblings Day 2021? Share them with us in the comment section below. Also, like our Facebookpage to read more content about Siblings Day 2021, funny sibling tattoos, and some interesting facts about National Sibling Day. And for the record, you can’t really make an excuse by saying ‘when is Siblings day?’ when we have already told you in this article. Happy Siblings Day 2021!

Prince Phillip Has Died

Buckingham Palace just announced that Your Majesty the Queen’s husband Prince Philip has died at the age of 99. The couple got married in 1947 which was almost five years before she started her reign as Queen. Prince Philip had four children with Queen and eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The Prince was 5 years older than Queen Elizabeth II and he was also the longest-serving British monarch in history. The statement released by Buckingham Palace reads: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."His first son, the Prince of Wales, was born one year after their marriage in 1948, followed by Princess Anne who was born in 1950. Next was the Duke of York and Prince Edward in 1964. Many would want to know when the Prince was born and where. He was born on the Greek island of Corfu in June 10 1921. In fact, he comes from a line of royalty as well as he was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. His mother, Princess Alice, was actually the daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria!Prince Philip was battling a long withstanding disease as many would know. In addition, he was last seen on a wheelchair on March 16th as he returned to Windsor Castle to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic.Apparently, he seemed in good spirits at the time and he even waved back at the paparazzi when he entered home for the first time in a month. His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes. - This was the official statement at the time. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has shown sadness and said that the UK has lost an extraordinary public servant who dedicated his life to the country. He said: “However, he will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen. For more than seven decades, he has been at her side. Their marriage has been a symbol of strength, stability and hope, even as the world around them changed - most recently during the pandemic. It was a partnership that inspired millions in Britain and beyond.”He continued: “My thoughts are with The Queen, the Royal Family and the British people as our nation comes together to mourn and remember the life of Prince Philip.”People from around the world have offering tributes to the duke of Edinburgh!   

Prince Philip: Queen Elizabeth’s Young Love Dies At the Age of 99!

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, leaves the world after being the longest-serving consort related to the British monarch.Prince Philip died at the age of 99 this morning, as confirmed by the Royal family. The prince spent around 65 years providing complete support to the queen but retired from the public role back in 2017. Till then, he has remained out of sight for quite some time. However, he set a new direction for the British monarchy serving under Queen Elizabeth II, which helped him champion Britain and technology, environmental causes, and science. To read more about the story of young love between Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Philip's memes, age and family tree, stay tuned to Hayvine. “We behave as though we had belonged to each other for years,” wrote by Elizabeth after her marriage with Prince Philip.

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