Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

Ramadan 2019: What you need to know about the Islamic holy month

Ramadan 2019Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the holy month of fasting, spiritual reflection and prayer for Muslims.

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Ramadan is the most important month of the year on the Muslim calendar.

This year, it is set to begin on May 6, and Muslims from around the world will abstain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours for the next 30 days.

What is Ramadan and how is it observed?

Observing Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. For Muslims, Ramadan is a month of spiritual dedication and it’s purpose is to strengthen Muslims’ relationship with God.

During the month of fasting, Muslims will endeavour to carry out their professional and personal responsibilities normally.

How to wish someone a Happy Ramadan

The popular greetings during the fast is “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem”, wishing the recipient a “blessed” and generous Ramadan.

In case you were wondering it’s perfectly fine for a non-Muslim to wish a Muslim for Ramadan.

Fasting during Ramadan

As mentioned previously, for the month of Ramadan Muslims won’t eat or drink anything from sunrise and sunset.

Muslims will commonly wake up before sunset and have a small meal which will be the last they eat and drink until they break their fast at sunset.

Typically, Muslims will sip water and eat dates before observing sunset prayers. They will then share an Iftar feast with friends and family.

During the period it’s probably a good idea to bear your Muslim co-workers in mind when planning work or social events until the end of Ramadan.

Also, give some thought to those around you before you decide to bring your lunch back to your desk, though that’s probably a good idea even when it’s not Ramadan, Not everyone wants to be smelling your food while they work.

Eid al-Fitir, the end of the Holy month

At the end of the 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which translates to “festival of breaking the fast” in Arabic. It is accompanied by a special prayer in the morning, usually at an outdoor location or a mosque.

Visits to friends and relatives follows after the prayer, along with giving gifts and making phone calls to distant relatives to exchange greetings of “Eid Mubarak” or “Blessed Eid”.

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