Ramadan is considered to be a “month of blessing” by the millions of Muslims who annually participate in this celebration of prayer, fasting, and charity. The month long practice begins on 7 June and culminates 30 days later.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a holy month that is dedicated to prayer, fasting, introspection and reciting of the Quran. This takes place during sunlight hours for a period of 30 days. After refraining from the consumption of food and drink, sex and anything else that is not considered to be in the best interest of self-purification, the holy month fast is broken by Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast).
The Importance Of Fasting
Fasting is one of the five duties of the Islamic faith and there are many reasons for participating in this annual celebration. When practicing Muslims experience hunger and thirst they are reminded of those less fortunate than themselves. Fasting also encourages the practice of self-control, and provides a detox for the body, mind and spirit.
Whilst the sun shines, Muslims practice sawm (fasting) and may not eat or drink anything, including water. Before the sun rises they may eat a light meal called a suhoor. Those observing the holy month are also allowed to break their daily fast after sunlight hours, with an evening meal called Iftar. All healthy Muslims are expected to fast during Ramadan. However, children under 12, pregnant, post-natal, breastfeeding or menstruating women, and the elderly are exempt. Anyone who is mentally or physically ill is also excused. Those who are unable to fast at this time can do so at a later date, or they can compensate by feeding someone who is in need.
Although you may not follow the Islamic faith, it is good to be aware that your Muslim friends and work colleagues may be fasting during this time. It’s considerate to respect this, by not eating and drinking in their company.
The Relevance Of Soul Work
Ramadan is an opportunity to turn your focus inward. Instead of focusing on the body, the soul becomes the centre of attention. This practice enhances personal spiritual connection and helps practicing Muslims identify ways to make positive changes in their life. Muslims will also give thanks for the food that they eat at the end of each day, and are appreciative and grateful for the luxury of nourishment that millions of people do not have.
Charity and generosity are also encouraged during Ramadan. It is a time to learn to give, and not to take. This creates a greater sense of awareness and understanding of the suffering of others, and is a reminder of the blessings of life. The soul work of introspection also builds a closer connection to God/Source and heightens the spiritual experience.
Most practicing Muslims consider Ramadan to be a month long school. The graduates that complete the 30-day fast boast a greater sense of self-control, particularly in matters relating to diet, use of their time and helping others.
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