Monday, September 25, 2006

Ramadan Mubarak

It's that time again- Ramadan. Fasting from sunrise to sunset and trying to be a better person in between. If fasting I hope your fasts go well and you experience the spiritual growth you desire. And don't forget to support businesses recognizing the holiday like Hallmark. and buy Eid Stamps!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ramadan Mubarak!

Rasha

Anonymous said...

Aisha,
Wilkipedia discusses the Eid stamp here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday_stamp#Eid_stamp
And doesn't Wilkipedia stay up-to-date? (I'm not sure, but I think that it does)

Rasha

Ahmeds World of Islam said...

RAMADAN MUBARAK
Please take a look at my blog and link it up here if you think it of benefit.

Tee said...

Ramadan doesn't sound so differnt from Rosh Hashanah (fasting and introspection, etc.) :) I wish more people could see these similarities and feel a connection with other human beings as I do. A reason to be united instead of divided.

I remember the touching story you told last year (have I been reading you THAT long?!) - about your Dad trying to keep the Eid stamp around. I hope his efforts were not in vain.

Hey - I found some info for you! this site says:

The EID postage stamp was introduced by the United States Postal Service (at the then-current 34-cent rate) as part of their Holiday Celebrations Series on 1 September 2001, just ten days before the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The EID stamp was reissued by the USPS in October 2002 at the newer 37-cent first class rate, and the USPS told us they plan to reissue the EID stamp again in a 39-cent denomination on 6 October 2006.

YAY!!! :D !!!

A few years ago I never would have imagined that I'd be celebrating the renewal of a stamp for a religion that is not even mine just because I dearly love someone I've never met and know it's an issue close to their heart :)

The source website for that information has a copy of a hateful E-mail forward that went around in 2002. It's shameful and incredibly ignorant.

I'm out of stamps and I plan to request Eid stamps when I go to the post office. Not because I'm Muslim, because I'm not. But as a show of not only tolerance, but love for others. I encourage other Christians, Jews and others to do the same. All of our religions teach love.

There's a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

That should be a stab in the heart to all Christians. A reminder of what Jesus' true teachings were.


Ramadan Mubarak, Aisha :)

Huda said...

I asked about them at the post office a while ago, and they told me the Eid stamp is considered "seasonal/holiday", which means it'll be around during the Judeo-Christian holiday season and not necessarily the Islamic one. At the time it was introduced, that wasn't necessarily a problem since Eid/Hannukah/Christmas were all around the same time, but Ramadan Eid is moving further and further away. Eid-ul-Adha is still at that time, though, so I guess Alhumdulillah.

Interestingly, I'm of two minds about Hallmark Eid cards and the like. I don't want Eid to become so commercialized we forget what it's all about, and every time I see another vendor start offering Eid paraphernalia, I worry if we're headed down that slippery slope. On the flip side, though, you're right that having vendors recognize Muslim holidays is good for our identity as Muslim Americans... so, I guess whichever way it goes, Alhumdulillah? :)

Ramadan Mubarak to you too!

wayfarer said...

I bought a bunch last year and still have them left (now they need 2 cent stamps to go with them). I wanted to save the stamp too. :-)

roora said...

Ramadan MUbarak for you and kashef and you family.

the sense of unity that Ramadan brings is great, isn't it ?

Aisha said...

Thanks Rasha, I checked that site out but it didnt give any update to the stamp.

Ahmed. I dont have any links... but good luck with your site promotion.

Tee, YAY! you're my hero! I hope thats why the eid stamp isnt there anymore because its available online year round. Which is why I didn't undrestand why its not up there now.
Tee, your comment got me all choked up! Thanks for supporting the stamp in your support for a bit more tolerance and understanding on all sides.

Huda, yeah that makes sense about the issuance of the stamp. But it was normally available year round online. So that's why I dont understand why its gone now. I guess Tee's comment that its being reissued in Oct as a 39 cent stamp explains why they removed it from the 37 cent collection. As for commercializing Eid. I'm not worried about that. In other countries tha thappen to have a lot of Muslims there are lots of events, and cards, etc to celeberate. I think that cards, etc showing Eid are infinitely more good than bad. I know the spirituality is important but I dont see how that will detract from it particularly for those who have the right state of mind to begin with. Just for me its a peice of affirmation by the US that we are here and are accepted.

Wayfarer, yep I have a bunch of the 2 cent stamps for them :)

Roora, it really is! I wish we could harness it all year round.

Bee Amma said...

ramadan mubarak :)

Aisha said...

thanks sis :) u2

Zak said...

ramazan mubarak Aisha

check out eidmubarak.com !

Aisha said...

I've visited it. They have hilarious cards. My favorite is the guy that says "thank you thank you very maaaach" I imitate him a lot but no one gets it. :--/

mystic-soul said...

I have hard time posting on blogger !. (Pages take long time to download). Is this my computer or everyone else too?

Enyur said...

Ramadan Mubarak! This Eid Stamp thingy is news to me...I've never heard of this before.

Mia said...

Feliz Ramadan! I'm going to look for the stamp at my local post office. I am sure aunt nora would love to have some.

Raheel said...

Happy Ramadhan!

Ek Umeed said...

Ramadan Mubarak! Sometimes, I know that I seemingly disappear off of the face of the earth, but that just means that I am drowning in course work. Anyhow, I have resurfaced to wish you happy fasting! :) And realize that even when I am not penning comments, I am playing the role of a silent reader or will catch up on the postings when I receive an opportunity to maximize and manipulate my leisure time to my advantage and/or desire. ;)

Aisha said...

The lady at the post office told me that it would be released in mid October with the rest of the holiday stamps as a 39cent stamp. She said that they were sold out of the 37 cent version.

Aisha said...

Mystic really? i havent had any issues but I have heard of others who are experiencing it. Are you still having issues today?

Enyur, kya muthlub? You didnt hear they were gone, or didnt know they even existed?

Mia they come out Oct 2006! They would make a great eid gift :)

Raheel, long time no see! Happy Ramdan to you:)

Ek Umeed, welcome back :) I hope your fasts are going well and not hurting your busy study schedule insh'allah.

Aisha. AISHA. Wow thats so weird lol. You know in the 2.5 years I've been bloggint this is the first time an Aisha commented on my blog which is suprising since Aisha is quite a common name. Your link didnt work btw to your blog... but yes I heard the same thing you did about the 39 cent stamp. Good to know that the 37 stamp is no more because its sold out.

rehtwo said...

Ramadan Mubarak, Aisha!

Aisha said...

Thanks Rehtwo. I've been thinking of you. I hope you are doing okay...

Anonymous said...

Happy Ramadan to you

sheryza said...

well ramadan is only a few days away from being over so 'id just like to say:

Eid Mubarak to a fellow muslima and to the restof you all out there.

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