Ramadan is probably my most favourite time of the year as over 1.9 billion Muslims across the world come together to not only fast but to devote themselves to pray and to worship Allah.For everyone who celebrates Ramadan understands how beautiful the atmosphere is during this time of year in our homes, how beautiful it is seeing the amount of people going to the mosque to pray.
A Little Background Info…
Ramadan is the 9th and most holistest month in the Islamic calender which lasts for 29-30 days. We are expected to put more effort into our teachings of Islam, such as our prayers, fasting, giving charity (zakat), staying humble, keeping our intentions pure, restraining from swearing and bad deeds. During this month we are oliged (fard) to fast, known as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, except those of who are suffering from an illness, are elderly, pregnant, menstruating or travelling.
We fast from Dawn to Sunset which is between the Namaaz prayer times of Fajr and Magrhib. This is a time for reflection, to improve and increase our devotion to Islam, we seek guidance in our prayers from right and wrongs. Extra efforts are put into our prayers during the last 10 Days which are known to be the holiest period during Ramadan, as druing the last days was the first time the Quran was sent down and revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (pbh) known as Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Power). The gates of heaven open and forgiveness is poured down. Some may even pray through the night until Dawn (Fajr Prayer).
At the end of Ramadan we celebrate for fasting successfully known as Eid-Al-Fitr. My favourite time as we all dress up, go to different families houses and we have a big feast and also the youngsters in the family get given loads of gifts and money.
Since I was about 6 years old I kept all my fasts until just a few years ago my body started to react so badly towards it. I would end up fainting and I was never able to last the full day of keeping the fast. Hopefully now that I have grown out of that stage in my life I’m hoping to return to fasting during the month of Ramadan. I’ve not been able to keep it during this first week due to mother nature but I’ve been preparing myself for it.
As Ramadan is a time for giving we try and give money to the less fortunate and also we try and feed people for opening their fast. For example when your fast opens, this is at Maghrib praper, so many people go to the Mosque to pray and they open their fast there. We volunteer to cook for them on days and other times we can go out to a restaurant and feed family and friends there, and we can also have a feast at home and invite everyone there.
It’s always been a big tradition for our family to have a big Iftaar Dinner, where we set up a big feast for all our friends and family. We have Islamic Quizes, small keep sake gifts for everyone, and it’s lovely to have everyone come together and pray together, it’s beautiful, the atmosphere is so heart warming.
I hope you all of you who are celebrating have a lovely blessed Ramadan and may all your prayers be answered.
Sincerely Sophs x