Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,
Your shoe lace is undone….April Fool! Made you look! Made you look! Dirty chook hanging from a butchers hook!
Today at the beginning of class my Grade 6 students all stood and wished me a Happy April Fool’s Day which was both rather strange and amusing. The fact that they had actually heard of it was stranger still and yet it became more amusing as the class progress as they kept telling me that my pen was on the floor or that lights were off yet they were obviously on.
During class they tried so hard to April Fool me that in the end I fell for the fact that the lights were off (when they were actually on) and when I went over to turn them back on the class yelled that I was an April Fool and then happily raced down the stairs to tell their friends and I guess we all lived happily ever after!
On Thursday’s both Brad and I finish at three in the afternoon (pity it wasn’t Fridays!) so today as it was a warm and sunny day we grabbed Ying and Yang our twin Chinese Plodalong Bikes with baskets and scampered in a northern direction towards a temple I found on my ride with Sarah last weekend which was sadly closed at the time. Today upon arrival we found the small steel door closed once again so I decided to knock and rattle it with my front wheel and hope for the best.
Several seconds later we heard footsteps followed by the jingle of a lock. A young guy then popped his head through the door and invited us in.
We found that the temple was actually a mosque and I was once again facing the same question that I have asked myself on several occasions during past travels when I have come across a mosque that has no crescent moon symbol. It is kind of like finding a church that has no cross above its front door and better yet, it is also like coming across a Mc Donald’s that doesn’t have the huge golden arches looming somewhere above.
For those who have been left wondering the same question about the crescent moon continue reading as I have added one possible answer below and further down I have also added the history of April Fool’s Day.
The mosque can be found to the north and on the outskirts of town along Tianhan Road and even though it is very small it is in fact very picturesque and quiet. We spent the next half an hour walking around taking photos and after thanking the guy for allowing us such a wonderful opportunity we headed for a ride out in the fields and through several small villages before heading back onto the city to a one of our favourite eateries which can be found in what was once the lobby of a large hotel at the beginning of what is known as 'Food Street’. Food street can be found behind KFC and is a small back street that is teaming with food and people throughout the day yet strangely closes down before dark with only a few doors left opened for those with a late night hunger.
After paying our usual nearing four Aussie Dollars the next five minutes found small bowl after small bowl being placed before us to devour with delight. They contain everything from different types of porridges to several types of dumplings, noodles and meats depending on the night. There has only been two occasions we have been let down and both nights were when we arrived too late for the 10, 15 or 20 Yuan Bowlathon!
<u>Allah was originally the Moon God?</u>
Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East.
From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most wide-spread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god. History reveals that the temple of the Moon-god was active even in the Christian era. Artifacts gathered from both North and South Arabia demonstrates that Moon-god worship was clearly active even in Muhammad's day and was still the dominant cult.
According to numerous inscriptions, while the name of the Moon-god was Sin, his title was al- ilah, i.e. "the deity," meaning that he was the chief or high god among the gods. "The god Il or Ilah was originally a phase of the Moon God." The Moon-god was called al- ilah, i.e. the god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times.
Not all mosques’ have the crescent moon symbol. There is no basis in sharee’ah for taking the crescent or star as a symbol of the Muslims.
This was not known at the time of the Prophet or at the time of the Khulafa’ al-Raashidoon (the first four leaders of Islam after the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), or during the time of the Umawis (Umayyad dynasty). It emerged some time after that, and historians differ as to when this symbol was first adopted and who was the first to adopt it.
Some say it was the Persians, others say it was the Greeks and that this symbol was somehow passed to the Muslims.
It was said that the reason why the Muslims adopted the crescent was that when they conquered some western countries, the churches there had crosses on top of them, the Muslims replaced the crosses with these crescents, and the practice spread in this way. Whatever the case, symbols and banners must be in accordance with the teachings of Islam, and as there is no evidence that this symbol is prescribed by Islam, it is better not to use it.
Neither the crescent nor the star are actual symbols of the Muslims.
<u>THE HISTORY OF APRIL FOOLS DAY</u>
Unlike most of the other non-foolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day (sometimes called All Fool's Day) is not totally clear. There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring. The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the New Year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1.
With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian calendar was introduced and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.
However, communication being what it was in the days when news traveled by foot, many people did not receive the news for several years. Others, the more obstinate crowd, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1. These backward folk were labeled as "fools" by the general populace. They were subject to some ridicule, were often sent on "fool’s errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes.
This harassment evolved over time into a tradition of prank-playing. The tradition eventually spread to England and Scotland in the eighteenth century.
It was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families. In Scotland, for example, April Fool's Day is actually celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the "kick me" sign can be traced to this observance. Mexico's counterpart of April Fool's Day is actually observed on December 28. Originally, the day was a sad remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by King Herod.
It eventually evolved into a lighter commemoration involving pranks and trickery.
Pranks performed on April Fool's Day range from the simple, (such as saying, "Your shoe's untied!), to the elaborate. Setting a roommate's alarm clock back an hour is a common gag. Whatever the prank, the trickster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, "April Fool!" Practical jokes are a common practice on April Fool's Day. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes are played on friends or relatives that last the entire day. The news media even gets involved. For instance, a British short film once shown on April Fool's Day was a fairly detailed documentary about "spaghetti farmers" and how they harvest their crop from the spaghetti trees.
Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but a holiday on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool!
Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________
The soundtrack to this entry was by The Pixies The album was a random play of ‘Bossanova, Doolittle & Surfer Rosa’ ____________________________________________________________