Ramadan is a holy month created for fasting, time with loved ones, and prayer, including asking forgiveness of sins. Fasting is a pillar of Islam and also occurs elsewhere in the Islamic calendar, but it is mainly associated with the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, all those of able body and sound mind, including those who have reached puberty, fast from dawn until sunset and abstain from liquids, food, negative thoughts, and bad intentions. In the evening, they break their fast with Maghrib prayer and a meal (Iftar) often celebrated with friends and family.
Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr, which means “festival of breaking the fast” when translated from Arabic. Eid al-Fitr celebrations vary from country to country, but some include spending time with family and friends, giving gifts, giving to the less fortunate, and enjoying feasts and traditional food.
On behalf of the Center for Social Justice, we wish all Muslim members of our community, Ramadan Mubarak! May you all have a blessed Ramadan!