Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and is intended to increase awareness of yourself and your deeds. It is a time of reflection and contemplation. Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul. Ramadan teaches self-discipline. Muslims feel and show that they are connected to all people worldwide who live in poverty and have to go hungry.
The start of Ramadan is determined by the moon phase, and the exact day may vary around the world. Ramadan starts once the first crescent of the moon is visible, which may be one day earlier or later depending on your country. The month ends with the holiday of Eid-al-Fitr; which will be held on May 12 or 13 this year, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Probably the most common question that people celebrating Ramadan receive. The answer is no, you can’t drink water between sunrise and sunset.
Don’t panic! If someone takes a thoughtless bite, while cooking for example, they won’t have to start over for the day. An accidental misstep is allowed.
Healthy adults usually participate. Children, pregnant women, the chronically ill, and other people who may damage their health by fasting don’t have to participate. Breastfeeding women, soldiers, and travelers are also not obliged to fast. They are expected to make up for this time by fasting at a later date, if possible.
You can wish someone good luck! Muslims feel blessed to participate in Ramadan. Wishing them strength may not be appropriate…
For anyone fasting: Ramadan Mubarak, or in other words, have a blessed celebration!
Did you know we have a Muslim praying room in the Central Hal? Visit it when necessary.