The history of Islam begins with the story of Muhammad ibn Abdullah, believed to be the last and most recent prophet chosen to receive God’s message to humanity.
According to Muslim tradition, Muhammad often prayed alone in the hills near the city of Mecca. One day, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and recited the first of many revelations about the one true God, Allah. The divine revelations became the 114 chapters of the Quran.
April 23, 2020, is the start of Ramadan, celebrated in remembrance of Muhammad’s prophecies and the beginning of the religion of Islam.
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Though Buddhist traditions vary from one community to another, Vesak is the most celebrated festival of the year, usually observed on the day of the full moon during Vaishaka, the second month on the Hindu calendar. In 2020, Vesak is celebrated on May 7.
Buddhists believe that on Vesak, or “Buddha Day”:
- Siddhartha Gautama was born in the year 563 BCE in Nepal
- He became Buddha, or “the enlightened one” about 35 years later
- He passed away from natural causes at the age of 83
The monks at the Kauai Hindu Monastery, on the island of Kauai, have created the web site HimalayanAcadamy.com for further study of the Hindu religion.
They explain that, according to Hindu tradition, an omnipotent and all-encompassing power known as Brahman exists in the universe. This energy is divine in nature, eternal and unchanging, and is embodied by three separate gods or deities; Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector, and Shiva the destroyer.
Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the Jewish New Year. Its a day of remembrance and prayer, of leaving sins behind and praying for happiness and prosperity in the year to come. The tradition originates in Leviticus 23:23-25, when God commanded a day of rest on the first day of the seventh month of the Jewish year.
In 2020, Rosh Hashanah begins on September 19. The day is usually spent at Temple, praying and studying the Torah. According to Jewish tradition, a person’s good and bad deeds are placed in the balance as the Days of Repentance continue.
Yom Kippur is on September 28. This Day of Atonement is also from Leviticus 23, as Moses and the Hebrew people gathered together to pray that they had successfully repented of the sins from the previous year. Traditionally it’s a day of solemn prayer and fasting, and it’s the most important day of the year for a person of the Jewish faith to attend synagogue.