By: Chestiny Fair, MS, Bryan University Faculty and IDEA Committee Member
According to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a holy month where all Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection and self-discipline where the community increases their devotion to God, worship, and charity.
The fast during Ramadan involves abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs, such as smoking, from sunrise until sunset. Also, Muslims are encouraged to avoid negative thoughts and behaviors, such as gossiping, lying, and anger. The fast breaks at sunset with a meal of dates and water called iftar. Then, a more substantial meal follows.
While Ramadan is a key part of the Islamic culture, staying healthy is of the utmost importance, and for this reason, not everyone will be able to abstain from eating and drinking during the day.
Ramadan is also a time for increased worship and prayer. The festival Eid al-Fitar marks the end of Ramadan, being celebrated by Muslims all around the world. The festival is a time of great joy and celebration, with feasting, gift-giving, and visiting friends and family. The day begins with a special prayer, followed by a breakfast of sweet dates and other delicacies.
This year Ramadan was observed from March 22 until today, April 20, 2023. To learn more, please visit the history of Ramadan site here.