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1. New Year Message - A purposeful life – Huffington post
2. A Note about Sean Hannity, Stuart Varney and Fox News –request
3. Note about Bridgette Gabriel’s comment on Fox News – upon request
4. American Muslims are proud of taking the right step - Link
5. Moderate Muslims Speak out? Link

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Friday, February 26, 2010

February Festivals

FULL MOON, PEACE, MILAD, HOLI, PURIM, BLACK HISTORY & YOU

Its full moon on Sunday February 28, 2010. Moon watching is reccomended. By the way, all these holidays are based on Lunar calendar; Milaad, Holi and Purim.

FULL MOON ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28

There is something special about full Moon. I have always enjoyed being in it, there is a serene energy that permeates one’s body.

SEASON FOR PEACE & NON VOILENCE

January through February is designated as the Season of Peace, where the messages of peace are floated on a daily basis. Usually it is the message of peace and non-violence practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

HOLI

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna which usually falls in the later part of February or March.

In Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days. Krishna is believed to have complained to his mother about the contrast between his dark skin complexion and Radha's fair skin complexion. Krishna's mother decided to apply colour to Radha's face. The celebrations officially usher in spring, the celebrated season of love.

Holi is a festival of radiance in the universe. During this festival, different waves of radiance traverse the universe, thereby creating various colors that nourish and complement the function of respective elements in the atmosphere.

MILAAD

Milaad - Prophet Muhammad's birthday Celebrations. The life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is studded with examples of nurturing goodwill and mitigating conflicts; the essence of peace. He was called the Amin, the truthful, the trustworthy and Rahmatul Aalameen, a blessing for the entire humanity. He was a peace maker. I will be speaking on the topic on Saturday, February 27th

PURIM

Purim is a festival that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman's plot to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther). According to the story, Haman cast lots to determine the day upon which to exterminate the Jews. Charity to the poor, sharing food with friends, and vigorous merrymaking mark the observance.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black History Month Parade is a parade that celebrates the culture, heritage, history and accomplishments of Black Americans in the United States and across the World.

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States (US) and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. To show they we treated unfairly.

The remembrance was founded in 1926 by United States historian Carter G. Woodson as "Negro History Week.

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