What do you know about the month of Ramadan? I remember when I met my husband, he mentioned he observes Ramadan, and I thought, “Ramma-what?” I had no idea what it was or why he would observe it. But the more I learned about Ramadan and the religion, the more I fell in love with it. The month of Ramadan is a beautiful month, ending with 3-day long festivities, spending time with family and friends and being thankful for all that we have together.
What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s major holidays.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar that’s based on the phases of the moon. The lunar calendar falls short of the solar calendar by 11 days. Every year Ramadan is 11 days earlier than the year before and, over time, passes through all the seasons. Ramadan is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of what became the Quran.
Some years the fasting ends around 4:00pm and some years it ends around 9:00pm in the United States.
The holy month of Ramadan is a time of deep reflection for Muslims worldwide. During this month of Ramadan, blessings are experienced through deprivation for there is nothing that reminds us of how blessed we are until we experience loss.
It is during this month that Muslims spend much time praying and reading the Quran and just being together with family. It is good for one to slow down from the stresses and rush of daily life and spend time doing things like journaling, reading and other relaxing activities.