Firstly, Ramadan Kareem to all my lovely muslim readers! I hope you’re all having a blessed month so far while making the best of it!
A week of Ramadan has already flew by and it doesn’t even feel like it!
Anyways, I was inspired and rather requested by a certain someone (you know who you are) to write something up about Ramadan and well – TA DA! But first of all though, I want to explain what this holy month is all about for the people who aren’t quite aware of what exactly Ramadan is, okay?
Alrighty so, What exactly is Ramadan? Ramadan is a month where all muslims fast by refraining from food and water from sunrise to sunset. It is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar and is considered to be a very Holy Month as this was when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). The end of Ramadan is marked by a festive celebration called ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’, which takes place 29 or 30 days after the beginning of Ramadan. Its a festival which we celebrate with all our friends and family with tons of food and sweets!
What are the daily fasting necessities? Well, right before sunrise many muslims have a meal known as ‘Suhur’ and at sunset, we have a meal called ‘Iftar’. Everyone have different varieties of food that they eat at Suhur and Iftar based on their own traditions and what they are used to. Being a Sri Lankan, Suhur in my house consists of rice and curry (yup), and for Iftar we have different kinds of fried food or sandwiches, with porridge and refreshments like faluda or fresh fruit juices!
What is the ‘goal’ of Ramadan? The goal of Ramadan is to purify oneself from thoughts or deeds that counter Islam. One is meant to provide their entire focus on devoting themselves to God. Many muslims make use the month of Ramadan to recite the entire Quran or make it a habit to read it daily. Charity is also an important part of the month and many muslims tend to work together and donate money or clothes etc. to the less fortunate.
So theres a basic idea on what Ramadan is mostly about. Theres obviously so much more detail that I haven’t mentioned on here though.
“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.”
The Holy Quran 2:185
Ramadan is my favourite time of year. I love the sense of inner peace and joy it brings me, and how the whole family sit together every day when its time for Iftar. Its important to realise how special the little things are so we can act upon them to help the unfortunate. One of the main reasons to why muslims fast is to have a taste of what people who are less fortunate than us go through on a daily basis so we can pray for them and help them out.
I love the fact that Ramadan is much more celebrated and special here in Dubai considering its an Islamic country, and I feel so glad I’m able to spend a few weeks of it here as I will be travelling to Sri Lanka soon 🙂
I will definitely try to share a recipe or two of some yummy food recipes that Ive been loving for Iftar lately, so do be on the lookout for that! Other than that, I hope everyones having a blessed month and is making the best out of this month with lots of peace, love and prayer!
Hows your Ramadan going?