Ramadan is considered one of the holiest month on the Islamic calender, and begins for some people Today Wed May 16 2018 or this Thursday, depending on if we spot the moon tonight. It is a time where Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset, and it is about 16 hours of no food and water every day for a month. Why do we do it? So we can feel what the less fortunate feel every day and so we can be better people.
Before we get into more details about the holy month, their fasting is normally broken with huge community dinner for all of them.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and though staying away from food and water is the main element, Muslims also have to abstain from drinking, sexual activity, and cursing.
Suhoor is also the name of the meal that is eaten before the sun rises. During the day, we work, sleep, continue with prayers, read the Quran, prepare for iftar and basically just try to be better people; because every good deed that Muslims do is said to have a greater reward during the month of Ramadan.
Every night after praying the fifth prayer (Isha), it is sunnah (an act of the prophet Muhammad), to pray Taraweeh. Taraweeh is an extra set of prayer specifically for
Ramadan. This is done at mosques and can last two/three hours every night. So don’t be alarmed when you see a swarm of people walking out at around 11:30 pm.
And at the end of the long, spiritual journey, Muslims celebrate with Eid al-Fitr. The celebration lasts for three days, and yes, we get to eat whenever we want. Though Eid is dependent on moon sightings, this year Eid al-Fitr may begin on Friday, June 15.
The night before eid, like the day before any other holiday is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. The night, Chand Raat (which translates to moon night, or the night of the moon),amidst celebration Music is played while young girls run in line to get henna designed on their hands. The opportunity to shop and eat is also available throughout the fun night.
Be sure to wish your Muslim neighbors Ramadan Mubarak!