Ramadan Mubarak: explaining the holy month


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Pictured is an image of the Quran, the Muslim holy book. This book is often used throughout the month of Ramadan for prayer.

By: Sora Tura, Reporter

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and it is considered one of the holiest months for Muslims worldwide. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs. It is a time of spiritual reflection, increased worship, and generosity toward others. 


Muslims prepare for Ramadan in many ways. Some begin by increasing their worship and charitable activities in the months leading up to Ramadan. Others focus on preparing their bodies by adjusting their sleep schedules and eating habits. Regardless of how they prepare, Muslims view Ramadan as an opportunity to strengthen their relationship with Allah, God, and seek forgiveness for their sins. 


The month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of the new moon, which signals the start of the first day of fasting. The first meal of the day is called Suhoor. Suhoor is eaten before dawn and the fast is broken with the evening meal, called Iftar. 

Muslims typically break their fast with dates and water, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who would break his fast in this manner. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims focus on increased worship, reading and reciting the Quran, and seeking forgiveness from Allah. 

Fasting during Ramadan is not just about abstaining from food and drink. Muslims are also expected to avoid engaging in negative behaviors such as lying, gossiping, and engaging in romantic relations during daylight hours. 

Fasting is seen as an opportunity to purify the soul and strengthen one’s relationship with Allah. Muslims use Ramadan to connect with their families and communities. Many Muslims gather for meals with family and friends, breaking fast together, and sharing their blessings. Communities often organize Iftar meals, bringing people together to share in the spirit of the holy month. 

Praying during Ramadan

Many mosques offer nightly Taraweeh prayers, which are special prayers performed only during Ramadan. These prayers can last for several hours. Muslims believe that they earn rewards for their worship during this. Charity is essential during this time. Muslims are encouraged to be more generous during this month, giving to the poor, feeding the hungry, and helping those in need. Many mosques and Islamic organizations set up donation drives and other charitable activities during Ramadan to inspire Muslims to give to those less fortunate. 

In conclusion, Ramadan is a significant month for Muslims worldwide. It is a time of spiritual reflection, worship, and increased generosity toward others. Muslims prepare for it by adjusting their habits. During the month, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. They focus on worship, reciting the Quran, seeking forgiveness, and giving to those in need. Ramadan is a time of renewal and strengthening of the relationship between Muslims and Allah, and it is a time of great blessings and rewards for those who participate.