History of Ramadan

By: Elizabeth Patrick

According to Fun Kids Top 10 Facts About Ramadan states, “During Ramandan Muslims fast which means that Muslims don’t eat or drink anything during the hours of daylight.”. This year Ramadan is celebrated from Wednesday March 22,2023 through Thursday April 20, 2023.  Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. During this time, Muslims will renew their focus on spiritual life and its practical application of daily life. During this month, Muslims also believe that the Quran began to be revelaed to the Prophet Muhammad. In conclusion, Ramadan is a time for Muslims to get together and reflect and pray.

There are a variety of different rules that Muslims will follow during the month of Ramadan. One of the rules is that Muslims cannot eat or drink anything during the hours of daylight; even water should not be drunk during this time. During Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam by refraining from things like: violence, anger, envy, greed, and trying to get along with everyone harder. Muslims will fast during this time to encourage an affinity with those who have little to no food around the world. To wrap it up, there are a variety of different rules that the Muslims will follow during the period of Ramadan.  

Just like any other celebration there are several different traditions that Myslims will follow during Ramadan. One tradition is that after the sunset prayer, Muslims will gather in their homes or mosques to break their fast with a meal called “iftar”. This meal is often shared with friends and extended family. The end of the Ramadan fast is celebrated as “Eid al-Fitr” the “Feast of Fast-Breaking” which is one of the two major religious holdiays of the Muslim calendar. In some communities Eid-al-Fitr is a serious celebration where children wear new clothes, women dress in white, special pastries are baked, gifts are exchanged, the graves of relatives are visited, and people gather for family meals and to pray in mosques. In conclusion, there are a plethora of different rules,and traditions that Muslims will follow during the celebration of Ramadan. 

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