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Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's Rama Dama Ding Dong Month!

Tomorrow is the beginning of Ramadan, and I can't help but think of the Edsel's song Rama Lama Ding Dong.




As many of you already know, Ramadan (or Rama Dama Ding Dong)  celebrates when the Koran's first verses were revealed to Muhammad. Observant Muslims fast from sunup to sundown during the holy month. In case you're not  exactly sure when you're supposed to start/stop eating checkout the special prayer/fasting times at Islamicity.com . Remember, Allah is watching! HE expects the precise timing of prayers... or else.


What you may not be aware of is that the Gates of Hell are closed during Ramadan! It's true, all the devilish demons are trapped in their respective lairs and forced to watch repeats of  Miami Vice (OK, I'm making the latter part up). But what makes Ramadan super AWESOME? The Gates of Heaven are opened and that makes any good deed done during this time double plus good since Allah has blessed the month. Don't take it from me,  here is an expert in Rama Dama Ding Dong-ology.

The Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam said : "When it is the first night of Ramadahn the evil devils are chained. The gates of Fire are locked- not a single gate is opnened, and the gates of Paradise are opened- not a single gate is locked, and a caller calls out :'O seeker of good come forward, and O seeker of evil withhold, and there are many whom Allah frees from the Fire - and that is every night. [at-Tirmithi, Ibn Majah, and Ibn Khuzaimah : Hasan]
But wait a minute. If the demons are stuck in Hell watching basic cable isn't it easier for Muslims to do good? Why would God place more value on good deeds done when there is no supernatural evil playing interference? I'd think -- and I'm only a lowly mortal so what do I know -- that good deeds should have greater value when all the demons are out tempting people. It's a simple supply and demand:

Less total amount of good deeds (due to demonic temptations)
=
A greater value on good deeds

I guess the invisible hand of the market doesn't belong to Allah.

Didn't think you'd see an Adam Smith reference on a Ramadan post, eh?

You should know better...

this is Purgatory.

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