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Introduction to Ramadan

This Tuesday, it was announced that Ramadan has begun. I thought it is really important to acknowledge this special time for Muslims around the world. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is also known as the Month of Mercy. During this month Muslims refrain from eating and drinking anything from the break of dawn until sunset. They do this to increase their acts of worship and to feel a sense of gratefulness for the food and drink they have on a daily basis that the less fortunate may not have the blessing on having. In Ramadan Muslims pray something that is called “Taraweeh” in the evening after their “Isha’a” Prayer. Praying Taraweeh is “Sunnah”. Sunnah means it is something their Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) used to do. Another “Sunnah” is eating “Suhoor” in Ramadan. Suhoor is the meal they eat before “Fajr” Prayer before they begin their fast.

Ramadan is also a time for Muslims to refrain from things that distract them away from Allah (God). This is a time of reflection in which they can become closer with Allah. Muslims also make “Dua” which is supplication where you can ask for things from God. Muslims ask for help and pray for they family members’ health and safety.

Families have many traditions during the month of Ramadan. Feel free to share some of your family traditions in the comments below. Some Ramadan traditions My family and I have include decorating my home with beautiful lights, putting up banners, and making special treats for our neighbors and our family to spread the joy of this amazing month.

It's very important to know about different cultures around the world. For Muslims, this month is very important to them and their worship. It doesn’t hurt to learn more about different cultures. Hopefully by reading this, you readers have gained some new knowledge about Ramadan that you may not have known before.

Ramadan Mubarak from me to you all!

*Note: I am not a scholar in Islam and if I have offended you or have said some information that may be incorrect I want to apologize. This information is based on research and personal experience as a Muslim myself. Thank you so much!

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