Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice

Fasting for Ramadan Notes from a Spiritual Practice To go without food from dawn to dusk for the whole month of Ramadan how does this feel What do we become when we deny our major appetites during the hours of daylight and in what ways does this trans

  • Title: Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice
  • Author: Kazim Ali
  • ISBN: 9781932195941
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • To go without food from dawn to dusk for the whole month of Ramadan how does this feel What do we become when we deny our major appetites during the hours of daylight, and in what ways does this transform the nights In these absences, what new presences, what illuminations and revelations arise After many years of not practicing, acclaimed writer Kazim Ali has re embrTo go without food from dawn to dusk for the whole month of Ramadan how does this feel What do we become when we deny our major appetites during the hours of daylight, and in what ways does this transform the nights In these absences, what new presences, what illuminations and revelations arise After many years of not practicing, acclaimed writer Kazim Ali has re embraced the Ramadan tradition, and he brings a poet s precision and ardor to these brilliant meditations on an ancient and yet entirely contemporary ritual Jane Hirshfield has said, Kazim Ali a writer whose powers astonish in everything he puts pen to has made in FASTING FOR RAMADAN a book that is hybrid, peregrine, and deeply, quietly revelatory Ali s meditations on the month long ritual fast unfold, across cultures and spiritual practices, the deep meaning of a chosen foregoing These journal born pages are both intimate and public, at once ecumenical, particular, daily, and eloquently learned planted on the deep roots of tradition, they breathe this moment s air Is it possible for a work to be at once modest and an undeniable tour de force This book proves it is.

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    1. A beautiful book - more subjective, liberal and poetic than I expected. I hope to make it a regular Ramadan companion. Several of its lines are beautiful and profound enough to rival scripture. I hope to get copies for my husband's sisters next year.

    2. This book is a wonder. Pure wonderful. I'm just not sure another book like this exists that offers so much of what you want and need during the fast, right down to recipes (which are great). Although I was following the Baha'i regimen rather than the Muslim, this is still the book I want to press into people's hands when they ask (in complete confusion and often some weird passing judgement) "Why are you fasting?" I was continually struck by how similarly the daylight fast affects individual bod [...]

    3. Lots of good stuff in here. Some favorites:pages ix - x This passage from the Preface gives a sense about how the book is going to go: "Why two books belong between the same covers, why two books are really one book? Because on Eid ul-Fitr, the celebration at the end of the fasting month, when traveling to the mosque for special prayers you are supposed to take one route going and another, different route coming home."pages 25-27 On point for our interfaith book group: " . . . there has always b [...]

    4. Some years ago on the children's shelves at our local library there were books about Ramadan, and I noticed with interest that several had a plot in which an underage Muslim child was secretly fasting because he wants to take part in what the adults are doing. I can't say I've ever seen a pro-fasting Yom Kippur book! though there is plenty of nice commentary to help adults find meaning in the act of not-eating.Ali journals, poetically, his daily experiences of the Ramadan fast: what it's teachin [...]

    5. This book was a small glimpse into one person's spiritual practice, but was hugely spiritual itself. I am not a Muslim (or anything for that matter), but the practice of fasting, and reflections on life and God were expressed beautifully. Ali is a fantastic writer, and his insight into humanity and spirituality is great. He has a strong control of language, using metaphor and description with a great effect. Meditative and flowing, it was a beautiful read.I felt uplifted and spiritually fed afte [...]

    6. I was originally recommended Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice by a friend, Jen Gordon, who compared author Kazim Ali's experiences fasting for an entire month to her own experiences fasting for a day at a time in Jewish ritual. What made Fasting for Ramadan so resonant for me was Ali's experience of fasting as a way to bring focus to his spiritual life; certainly during some years, Yom Kippur—the only date on the Jewish calendar on which I fast regularly these days—qualif [...]

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