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Ramadan 齋戒月

Muslims in Jakarta say their midday prayers during Ramadan.齋戒月期間,雅加達的穆斯林在正午祈禱。 (照片:歐新社)

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It is now the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and for Muslims everywhere, it is a very important time.

In Islam, this month is known as Ramadan, which lasts from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23 this year. During Ramadan, it is said that the gates to heaven are always open and the gates to hell are closed. It is a time for Muslims to focus on making their souls clean.

The most well-known part of Ramadan is the fast. For the whole month, Muslims are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke while the sun is up. They are also not supposed to be angry or jealous.

Some Muslims do not have to fast. Young children, pregnant women, and people who are sick do not need to take part in the fasting, but they will often feed a needy person during Ramadan instead.

(Emily Shih, Staff Writer)

現在是回曆的九月,這對世界各地的穆斯林來說是很重要的時節。

本月在回教中被稱為齋戒月,今年落在九月二十四日到十月二十三日。據說齋戒月期間天堂之門大開,地獄之門關閉,是穆斯林專注淨化靈魂的時間。

齋戒月最著名之處莫過於禁食。穆斯林一整個月在日落前都不得飲食或抽煙,也不應生氣或忌妒。

有些穆斯林不必禁食。孩童、孕婦和病患不必一起禁食,不過他們通常改以在齋戒月期間提供食物給需要的人。 (翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. focus v.

專注 (zhuan1 zhu4)

例: Alan finds it hard to focus on his homework because he would rather play video games.

(艾倫發現自己很難專心做功課,因為他寧願打電動。)

2. fast n./v.

禁食 (jin4 shi2)

例: My doctor had me fast for 24 hours before my surgery.

(我的醫生要我在手術前禁食二十四小時。)

3. jealous adj.

妒忌的 (du4 ji4 de5)

例: I've always been jealous of my best friend because she has the most beautiful green eyes.

(我一直很羨慕我最好的朋友,因為她有雙最美麗的綠眼睛。)


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