I’m a little late, but happy Ramadan!
Ramadan is a critical month during the year where Muslims join together to fast from sunrise to sunset. We abstain from food, water, sexual relations and bad habits (ex. smoking, backbiting, being angry) and seek a closer relationship to God. This month usually brings an increased amount of prayers and remembrance of God. Two meals are eaten during the day; the suhoor, or morning meal and the iftar, or breaking of the fast. We should eat in moderation and be thankful for the food and drink we are given. Ramadan is a great time to recognize the small blessings in our life that we take for granted, such as the availability of food. It also brings our hearts closer to those less fortunate.
Another special part of Ramadan is that during this month, our holy book, the Qu’ran, was revealed. This makes the month even more special and is a celebration of this gift that was bestowed upon us.
During the night, Taraweeh prayers are held. During these prayers, Muslims come together to pray in congregation. By the end of the month, the entire Qu’ran (holy book) will be recited through these prayers.
For me, Ramadan is an awesome time of the year. It is a great time to form healthy habits and kick bad habits accumulated throughout the year. It is awesome to see the Muslim community getting together in the name of our Creator. Each night, the mosque hosts an iftar to feed the fasting people. It is a great experience to make food for so many people and witness their happiness. Six days into Ramadan, and I’m so excited and sad that it is going so fast.