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Month long preparation is over, it’s time to rejoice!

‘Ramadan’, the yearly feast of Muslims across the world begins with amonth long fasting and prayers often from mid-May to mid-June.  This year, ‘Ramadan’ commenced on the evening of May 15th and ends on June 15th Friday. A time for spiritual thinking, actions of tolerance, kindness, openhanded to the needy and more timespend with family and relatives. 

Ramadan is a celebration to commemorate the day when, for the first time, the ‘Quran’ was revealed to Prophet Muhammad corresponding to the Islamic belief. The word ‘Ramadan’ is derived from rami?a or ar-rama? meaning scorching heat or dryness. The festival celebration at the end of ‘Ramadan’ is ‘Eid-al-fitr’and it is celebrated on the first sight of the new moon. 

‘Ramadan’ is a month of fast and observed on the ninth month according to the Islamic calendar, a time to devote themselves in prayers, eventually coming closer to ‘Allah’ (God). The Islam religion speaks of ‘Five Pillars’ such as, fast, faith, prayer, charity and pilgrimage to Mecca, of which fasting is the most important of all.

Fasting is observed during the entire month of ‘Ramadan’ from sunrise to sunset when they do not eat or drink anything, devoting themselves to prayers helping them to get closer to ‘Allah’ (God). The only meals they have are ‘Suhoor’ the meal before sunrise and ‘Iftar’, the meal after sunset. Fasting is obligatory to every Muslim and the only people who are exempted are children, pregnant women, elderly people, those who are travelling or sick.

‘Ramadan Mubarak’ means ‘blessed Ramadan’ is a way of greeting by wishing the best while another way of greeting is ‘Ramadan Kareem’ meaning that the month of Ramadan be bounteous and cordial to you.

Prayer and meditation, charity and self-discipline are qualities expected to be imbibed in the month of ‘Ramadan’. A time for spiritual renewal, prompt the message of brotherhood, surrender selfish motives and live as useful social beings enabling greater peace and happiness to oneself and others.

Wishing a blessed ‘Ramadan’ and a joyous ‘Eid’ with revival in body and spirit to a selfless, unstinted, graceful and peaceful life ahead.





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