Ramadan is a special month in the Islamic calendar, with 1.8 billion people observing it each year worldwide. For many Muslims, Ramadan is a time to strengthen their relationship with God through fasting, introspection, prayer and being around loved ones. In the United States, Ramadan will begin on March 22, 2023, and end on April 21.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and it is considered to be the holiest month for Muslims. It is the month in which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The month of Ramadan is also known as the month of fasting. During this month, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. This period of fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is a mandatory practice.
Why do Muslims Fast during Ramadan?
Fasting during Ramadan is an act of worship that helps Muslims to develop a closer relationship with Allah. It is a time for self-reflection and introspection, where Muslims are encouraged to focus on their spiritual well-being. Fasting during Ramadan is also a way for Muslims to empathize with those who are less fortunate and to develop a greater sense of social responsibility. It is believed that through the act of fasting, Muslims are reminded of the blessings bestowed upon them.
What Happens during Ramadan?
During Ramadan, Muslims engage in increased acts of worship, such as prayer, recitation of the Quran, and charitable giving. Muslims wake up early in the morning to have a meal before the start of the fast, which is known as Suhoor. The fast is broken at sunset with a meal called Iftar. It is a time for families and friends to come together and break their fast, and it is a time of celebration and joy.
In addition to fasting, Muslims also engage in other acts of worship during Ramadan. Many Muslims spend time reading the Quran and attending Taraweeh prayers, which are special prayers offered during the month of Ramadan. Muslims are also encouraged to give to charity during Ramadan, and it is common for people to donate to local mosques or other charitable organizations during this time.
How to wish someone a "Happy Ramadan"?
If you have Muslim colleagues, friends or neighbors, the simplest way to wish them a "Happy Ramadan" is by saying, "Ramadan Mubarak" or "Ramadan Kareem" which mean "blessed" or "generous" Ramadan.
Ramadan is a special month for Muslims, and it is a time of spiritual reflection, devotion, and increased acts of worship. Fasting during Ramadan is an act of worship that helps Muslims to develop a closer relationship with Allah, and it is a time for self-reflection and introspection.
Ramadan is also a time for celebration and joy, as families and friends come together to break their fast and engage in acts of worship. Through the observance of Ramadan, Muslims are reminded of the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon them, and they are encouraged to be grateful for these blessings.