CAIRO - Gearing up for the holy fasting month, Dubai is preparing a rich program to mark Ramadan, including Islamic lectures and mass Iftar meals for thousands of workers to enhance unity and Islamic fraternity among Muslims.
As was the case with the past 10 sessions, the forum this year is expected to make an astounding success, particularly for those who are eager to know about the true teachings of Islam from renowned scholars worldwide, Hamad bin Magran, General Administrator of the 11th Ramadan Forum, told a press conference on Sunday, July 8 cited by The Gulf Times.
Themed Nasaem Al Rahma or Breezes of Mercy, the 11th Ramadan Forum, organized by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), will run from July 24 to August 4.
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Bin Mejren said the 12-day program will host scholars and preachers from around the Arab and Muslim worlds.
A number of lectures and competitions will be held among workers while thousands of brochures, pamphlets, CDs and cassettes on the merciful teachings of Islam, said Bin Magran.
A number of lectures will be delivered and competitions held among workers while thousands of brochures, pamphlets, CDs and cassettes on the merciful teachings of Islam will be distributed, he added.
The program will start with a lecture titled, Lessons from prophets' biographies', by Sheikh Mohammed Al Urifi on July 24.
Other lectures will host Sheikh Anas bin Misfir who will give a lecture titled Breezes of Mercy, whereas Sheikh Omar Abdul Kafi will deliver a lecture on repentance and eagerness to God's mercy on July 26.
Sheikh Abdullah Al Musleh will talk about the miraculous facts in the Noble Qur'an on July 27 whereas Sheikh Abdullah Al Kamali will give a lecture titled, Thanks to God', the following day.
Lectures will also be given by Sheikh Ibrahim Al Duwaish about stories of some of the prominent women mentioned in the Noble Qur'an. Sheikh Yasser Al Dusari will give a lecture on the relationship between Holy Quran and life on July 30.
The organizing committee will hold some lectures in non-Arabic languages to foreign workers.
The forum is annually held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.
The Ramadan program will also include the Goodness Caravan, which roams around Dubai to distribute thousands of books, pamphlets, and cassettes on Islam.
The same caravan will also distribute thousands of briefcases comprised of religious issues, which will visit schools, universities, hospitals and government departments, as well as private institutions and civil bodies in Dubai, explained Bin Magran.
The Nation Preacher' Caravan will also feature sermons to students on relevant issues derived from the daily life and social backgrounds.
This year's programs will also feature young students singing Islamic songs and reciting poetry.
The move is aimed to create a new generation of students and train them to effectively participate in discussing important issues, he said.
Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.
According to astronomical calculations, the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start on Friday, July 20.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.
It is customary for Muslims to spend part of the days during Ramadan studying the Noble Qur'an.Many men perform i`tikaf (spiritual retreat), spending the last 10 days of the month exclusively in the mosque.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net