Ramadan

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Some of you may know that it is currently Ramadan which is the 9th month of the islamic calendar.

Ramadan is a month where muslims around the world fast from dawn until dusk which currently in the UK stands at around 18 hours approximately. Throughout this period muslims abstain from food, drink and sexual relations. I personally find fasting isn’t as hard as some people think and quite a refreshing thing to do. A lot of it is about will-power because we are still getting 2 meals a day. The Islamic calendar also rotates on a yearly basis as it only has approximately 355 days rather than the Gregorian calendar of 365 so Ramadan rotates each year and fasting has been done throughout all the seasons.

The whole purpose of fasting however isn’t just to stay away from food, drink and sexual relations but rather to abstain from everything that God has prohibited in order for us to gain closeness to God and fasting is a perfect way of achieving this as it does help one to become God conscious. Fasting also has a lot of health benefits such as low cholesterol and it can help someone lose weight if done correctly.

Ramadan is also a time where muslims tend to increase their time in worship and devotions to God and try to become better people. Throughout the month you see a lot of people offering more prayers then they normally would, give in charity more often and struggle and strive to become closer to God.

Ramadan is a time to fully cleanse the soul, seek forgiveness from those who we have wronged and forgive those who have wronged us. The atmosphere amongst the muslim community during Ramadan is fantastic and tends to be quite special and I wish it could remain the same all year round.

Thank you for reading and hope you all learnt something!

29 Comments

  1. I always hear about Ramadan, but not too much about what actually happens. So it’s nice to get some insight into what it actually is. Thank-you!

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  2. Thanks for writing on what Ramadan is really about. Many thought of Ramadan as just fasting from food and drinks.

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  3. I have always wondered what the Ramadan holiday was about. It’s a purging period which we all need. A time set aside to get things out your system and connect with God. Although I am Christian, I urge to be more spirituality connected alot. Although we normally do this during Lent (which is more of a Catholic tradition) it is very important to deny yourself from time to time. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Great and informative post! I lived in Istanbul for two years so i am very familiar to the Ramadan and the rules of fasting.

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  5. Thanks for writing this! I kept thinking it was about the compassion that people felt towards those who are hungry. I didn’t know that it was so much more. I even joined in one day to get the experience of a day of fasting. It made me very hyper as I wasn’t used it. But it was very very doable πŸ™‚
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