Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and involves Muslims around the world fasting and abstaining from things considered to be impure for the mind and body. Those partaking in Ramadan abstain from food, drink and impure thoughts between the hours of sunrise and sunset, allowing them instead to focus on prayer, connecting with, and gaining nearness to God (Allah).

The act of fasting also allows the individual to understand the pain and suffering of millions around the world who live their lives in poverty and famine, leaving the participant feeling more grounded and grateful for all that Allah has given them.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is expected that all able Muslims (those who are mature and in good health) should fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan.

During this time, fasting is more than just abstinence; it is a means of worship and for Muslims to feel a closer and deeper connection with Allah. Fasting allows each individual to understand what it means to go without and to learn patience with oneself and those around them, as well as compassion for those less fortunate.

At the end of the month, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with loved ones. Eid is a great time of feasting and celebration for Muslims, with gifts exchanged between loved ones.

If you have any questions relating to Ramadan, fasting or Islam, please do let us know!

Mr. Mani

Further reading on Ramadan from the Muslim Council of Britain