Our Muslim friends around the world that have been scattered because of wars, persecution, and famine have started their month celebration of Ramadan. As they prepare for all that Ramadan entails we wanted to take some time to wish them Ramadan Kareem.
A bit on Ramadan
Depending on the sighting of the moon tonight, Ramadan will begin Wednesday or Thursday. For those of you who might not know, Ramadan is one of the most important months in the life of a Muslim. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking or smoking between sunrise and sunset. Lasting about a month, it marks the time when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. Extra prayers are performed at the mosque throughout Ramadan and each evening 1/30th of the Qur’an is recited. By the end of Ramadan, many observers have read the entire Qur’an. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the foundation of the religion. The pillars are the framework by which Muslims everywhere live, and Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins and to focus on Allah through good deeds.