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What is Ramadan all about?

If you are not a practising Muslim, you might not understand what this religious time means or what it’s all about. Well, allow me to educate you!

The word Ramadan is from the Arabic root “ramida” which means scorching heat or dryness. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims treat this as a month of fasting. It’s based on visual sightings of the crescent moon and lasts typically 29 – 30 days. Due to variances in actual sightings of the crescent moon around the world, Ramadan has no set date on which to begin and end, but rather use their lunar calendar to anticipate this time. The fasting is mandatory for all adult Muslims, with the exception of ill, travelling, pregnant and diabetic Muslims and women who are experiencing their menstrual cycle. The fasting is not valid for the full 24 hours of a day, but lasts from dawn to sunset. During this period, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking any liquids, smoking and engaging in sexual relations. It also includes increased prayers and recitation of the Quran, the Islamic bible.

 

Ramadan is for Muslims a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. More effort is expected from Muslims during this time in following the teachings of Islam. The purpose of the act of fasting is to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities and teaches Muslims how to better practise and apply self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy for those less fortunate – explaining their actions of generosity and compulsory charity during this time.

 

Muslims observe a pre-fast meal each day before dawn called suhoor and shortly after begins their first prayer of the day, called the Fajr prayer. At sunset, Muslim families gather again for the fast-breaking meal known as iftar.

The global Muslim population is so highly diverse that a typical suhoor oriftar is difficult to describe. Suhoor could be leftovers from the previous night’s iftar, typical breakfast food or ethnic foods. Iftar is also frequently treated as a social gathering, mostly offering food buffet style and often including traditional dishes and desserts

 

Ramadan to Muslims is a time of ultimate sacrifice and one cannot help but respect the unquestioned devotion displayed. Alcazaba Lodges wishes a blessed Ramadan to all Muslims!
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