I know, I know, I owe you all an explanation as to why it has taken me three whole months to sit down and write something on the blog but I am going to save that for another day. Today, I want to talk about the fact Muslims all around the world are currently taking part in the month of Ramadan.
What is Ramadan
Ramadan is a month in the Islamic lunar calendar. During this month Muslims all around the world refrain from eating and drinking during the hours between sunrise to sunset. They focus on reconnecting with God often taking part in extra prayers focusing on understanding and reading the Quran. It is also usually when families and communities slow down a little, be there for each other often breaking fast together.
Why is the month special?
The month is special for many reasons. Fasting during this month is one of the pillars of Islam, along with giving to charity, praying five times a day, making the pilgrimage of Hajj, and believing in the oneness of Allah. It is also the month in which the final verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammed SAW.
What does the day in the month in Ramadan look like?
Why I am glad you asked.
The fundamentals of the month remain the same but the day to day can vary depending on who you are and where you are in the world. Different cultures have different traditions. Over the years I have become interested in the different ways people celebrate the month which is why Iwant to document this on the blog and on my Instagram page. Over the next few weeks, I will be asking Muslims from around the world to share their stories of the month from their daily routines to what the month means to them. I am also hoping to share the conversation on Instagram live.