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In the name of Allah 600,000 Muslim Canadians have joined 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide fasting during Ramadan.







I would like to wish all a meaningful connection with God during the most difficult time of the year to physically adhere to the regime of fasting during daylight hours.
The last time Ramadan fell during this period of time was in July of 1980. Many countries and clerics have come forward with breaks of the strict rules Muslims must follow such as United Arab Emirates allow labourers to break their fast if the temperature exceeds 122 Fahrenheit (50 Celsius). Morocco and Pakistan have also provided breaks.




Says one man in an interview, a 26-year-old Pakistani labourer in Dubai. “You cannot work in these conditions without water. I am religious and respect Ramadan, but it also is not intended to make you sick or put you in danger.”




Allah has 99 names according to Muslim belief. I have heard this time and again and finally looked up those names, being under the mistaken impression that it was a literal list, perhaps consisting of different languages and other religious followings (Jehovah) for instance. I could not have been more wrong (what? again? can’t be!)




My point is, in reading this list I am certain that Allah will have forgiveness and complete and utter understanding and compassion for those who can not adhere with exactness to the hours/rules of Ramadan 2012. (the predicament of our Olympic athletes come to mind.)




Here is the list for those who were as curious as I:




 Allah (الله)  The Greatest Name
2  Ar-Rahman (الرحمن)  The All-Compassionate
3  Ar-Rahim (الرحيم)  The All-Merciful
4  Al-Malik (الملك)  The Absolute Ruler
5  Al-Quddus (القدوس)  The Pure One
6  As-Salam (السلام)  The Source of Peace
7  Al-Mu’min (المؤمن)  The Inspirer of Faith
8  Al-Muhaymin (المهيمن)  The Guardian
9  Al-Aziz (العزيز)  The Victorious
10  Al-Jabbar (الجبار)  The Compeller
11  Al-Mutakabbir (المتكبر)  The Greatest
12  Al-Khaliq (الخالق)  The Creator
13  Al-Bari’ (البارئ)  The Maker of Order
14  Al-Musawwir (المصور)  The Shaper of Beauty
15  Al-Ghaffar (الغفار)  The Forgiving
16  Al-Qahhar (القهار)  The Subduer
17  Al-Wahhab (الوهاب)  The Giver of All
18  Ar-Razzaq (الرزاق)  The Sustainer
19  Al-Fattah (الفتاح)  The Opener
20  Al-`Alim (العليم)  The Knower of All
21  Al-Qabid (القابض)  The Constrictor
22  Al-Basit (الباسط)  The Reliever
23  Al-Khafid (الخافض)  The Abaser
24  Ar-Rafi (الرافع)  The Exalter
25  Al-Mu’izz (المعز)  The Bestower of Honors
26  Al-Mudhill (المذل)  The Humiliator
27  As-Sami (السميع)  The Hearer of All
28  Al-Basir (البصير)  The Seer of All
29  Al-Hakam (الحكم)  The Judge
30  Al-`Adl (العدل)  The Just
31  Al-Latif (اللطيف)  The Subtle One
32  Al-Khabir (الخبير)  The All-Aware
33  Al-Halim (الحليم)  The Forbearing
34  Al-Azim (العظيم)  The Magnificent
35  Al-Ghafur (الغفور)  The Forgiver and Hider of Faults
36  Ash-Shakur (الشكور)  The Rewarder of Thankfulness
37  Al-Ali (العلى)  The Highest
38  Al-Kabir (الكبير)  The Greatest
39  Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ)  The Preserver
40  Al-Muqit (المقيت)  The Nourisher
41  Al-Hasib (الحسيب)  The Accounter
42  Al-Jalil (الجليل)  The Mighty
43  Al-Karim (الكريم)  The Generous
44  Ar-Raqib (الرقيب)  The Watchful One
45  Al-Mujib (المجيب)  The Responder to Prayer
46  Al-Wasi (الواسع)  The All-Comprehending
47  Al-Hakim (الحكيم)  The Perfectly Wise
48  Al-Wadud (الودود)  The Loving One
49  Al-Majid (المجيد)  The Majestic One
50  Al-Ba’ith (الباعث)  The Resurrector
51  Ash-Shahid (الشهيد)  The Witness
52  Al-Haqq (الحق)  The Truth
53  Al-Wakil (الوكيل)  The Trustee
54  Al-Qawiyy (القوى)  The Possessor of All Strength
55  Al-Matin (المتين)  The Forceful One
56  Al-Waliyy (الولى)  The Governor
57  Al-Hamid (الحميد)  The Praised One
58  Al-Muhsi (المحصى)  The Appraiser
59  Al-Mubdi’ (المبدئ)  The Originator
60  Al-Mu’id (المعيد)  The Restorer
61  Al-Muhyi (المحيى)  The Giver of Life
62  Al-Mumit (المميت)  The Taker of Life
63  Al-Hayy (الحي)  The Ever Living One
64  Al-Qayyum (القيوم)  The Self-Existing One
65  Al-Wajid (الواجد)  The Finder
66  Al-Majid (الماجد)  The Glorious
67  Al-Wahid (الواحد)  The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
68  As-Samad (الصمد)  The Satisfier of All Needs
69  Al-Qadir (القادر)  The All Powerful
70  Al-Muqtadir (المقتدر)  The Creator of All Power
71  Al-Muqaddim (المقدم)  The Expediter
72  Al-Mu’akhkhir (المؤخر)  The Delayer
73  Al-Awwal (الأول)  The First
74  Al-Akhir (الأخر)  The Last
75  Az-Zahir (الظاهر)  The Manifest One
76  Al-Batin (الباطن)  The Hidden One
77  Al-Wali (الوالي)  The Protecting Friend
78  Al-Muta’ali (المتعالي)  The Supreme One
79  Al-Barr (البر)  The Doer of Good
80  At-Tawwab (التواب)  The Guide to Repentance
81  Al-Muntaqim (المنتقم)  The Avenger
82  Al-‘Afuww (العفو)  The Forgiver
83  Ar-Ra’uf (الرؤوف)  The Clement
84  Malik-al-Mulk (مالك الملك)  The Owner of All
85  Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram (ذو الجلال و الإكرام)  The Lord of Majesty and Bounty
86  Al-Muqsit (المقسط)  The Equitable One
87  Al-Jami’ (الجامع)  The Gatherer
88  Al-Ghani (الغنى)  The Rich One
89  Al-Mughni (المغنى)  The Enricher
90  Al-Mani'(المانع)  The Preventer of Harm
91  Ad-Darr (الضار)  The Creator of The Harmful
92  An-Nafi’ (النافع)  The Creator of Good
93  An-Nur (النور)  The Light
94  Al-Hadi (الهادي)  The Guide
95  Al-Badi (البديع)  The Originator
96  Al-Baqi (الباقي)  The Everlasting One
97  Al-Warith (الوارث)  The Inheritor of All
98  Ar-Rashid (الرشيد)  The Righteous Teacher
99  As-Sabur (الصبور)  The Patient One




I think Allah has enviable qualities. Happy Ramadan in the name(s) of Allah! Lesley 


In the name of Allah

In the name of Allah (Photo credit: Hossam Rida)