Ramadan Lenscape: Parallel Lines, Symmetry, and Tiles

This is my first photo share post. Hope to share more as I experience the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a time where many Muslims increase prayer.

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Focus game on strong!

I’ll be spending many nights on this carpet standing in straight rows amidst hundreds of Muslims in prayer. Many mosques, including mine, have tiled carpet that are used in the prayer spaces. The carpet can vary from simple to intricate design, but usually have some sort of symmetry and tiling. Standing in straight parallel lines is vital for any prayer done in congregation.

Prayer Rug at the mosque I frequent the most during Ramadan.

Our differences sometimes divide us.

Islam allows for differences – different cultural norms, backgrounds, and even Islamic practices, but sometimes they become a point of tension within a group of people.

 

Perhaps we:

  • don’t pray like each other
  • begin fasting on different days
  • have opposing opinions about what we can or cannot eat
  • have opposing opinions about roles/gender norms
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Courtesy of Boston.com, Big Picture, 2013

Parallel lines never meet, but standing in straight parallel lines is a reminder of our unity.

At the end of the day we (i.e. Muslims) all have the same core belief and goal of building our relationship with God through the 5 pillars and same values – treating family, friends, neighbors, and the larger community with the dignity they deserve and being of service when necessary…and well just being a good human. Regardless of where we stand on matters such as above, when the time for prayer comes in and the prayer call is made we stand together feet to feet – shoulder to shoulder. 

 

 

Math/Ramadan Snapshots: My Ramadan Lenscape

Ramadan officially started yesterday at sunset. For the next 30 days or so a billion plus Muslims will be observing the holy month by fasting. It’s a time of spiritual growth, extending generosity, and connecting with God. Observing Ramadan  looks very different across the Muslim world since it’s a VERY diverse community and it even varies from person to person as people establish their own personal Ramadan goals. I hope to capture some of my own moments in this month with photographs that reflect both something about Ramadan and math because … Duh!

And if anyone who happens to read my blog has any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll try my best to answer them.