Ramadan, the Holiday Full of Discipline

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Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan at a “Creative Commons Iftar”

Helena Buli, Editor-in-Chief Reflections Yearbook

Ramadan is from April 1 to May 1. It is a Muslim holiday that practices fasting, praying, and spending time with loved ones. Ramadan is on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims worldwide celebrate it.

Children, elderly, pregnant women, and people who are ill/injured are not required to fast. Once a child is 14, or begins puberty, they then are expected to begin fasting.

Ramadan is the most sacred month in Islam culture. It’s based on the month Muhammend received the revelations for the Quran. Islam is the world’s second largest religion, next to Christianity. The conclusion of Ramadan is a celebration named Eid al-Fitr which is a feast that breaks the fasting cycle. It is usually spent with family and friends, with gifts being given.

While they practice fasting, they must also read the Quran, have no impure thoughts, and always make good decisions. More spiritual reflections and praying is also expected during Ramadan. 

Laylat al Qadr (The Night of Power), which is celebrated on one of the last ten days of Ramdan, celebrates when God revealed to Muhahhmed the Quran, Islam’s holy book that was meant to give guidance to the people.