Beginning of Ramadan

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide, and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The word itself comes from the Arabic root “ramida” which roughly translates as “Scorching Heat”. Fasting was made obligatory on all adult Muslims in the Second Year of Hijri (Migration from Makkah to Madinah of Muslims). The only people exempted from keeping a fast are the ones who are travelling, aged, pregnant, diabetic, chronically ill, menstruating or breast feeding.

Ramadan is considered one of the most blessed months in Islam. Muslims fast during this month. The month of Ramadan culminates with the festive occasion of Eid ul Fitr as Muslims thank Allah and celebrating the festival with religious fervour. This month is full of celebration and festivity as the Muslims immerse themselves in reading the Quran.

The Muslims fast the whole month believing it teaches them the true meaning of perseverance and tolerance.  Each day, before dawn, Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called the suhur. After stopping a short time before dawn, Muslims begin the first prayer of the day, Fajr. Suhur (or sahari) is the pre-dawn meal which is very important during Ramadan since that is what one’s body thrives on all day helps them stay healthy.

At sunset, Muslims get together for the iftar Meal to break their fasts. Just after listening to Maghrib Athan, they recite the Iftar Dua to ask Allah for His sustenance. Dates are usually the first food to break the fast. Prophet Muhammad broke fast with three dates according to some traditions.

During this month, Muslims are not only supposed to refrain from eating and drinking during the stipulated timing but they are also required to curb all ‘negative emotions’ such as  anger and prove themselves to be the perfect Muslim.

Let us pray for all our Muslim sisters and brothers during this holy time of Ramadan which in 2019 begins on the evening of Sunday 5th May and ends on the evening of Tuesday 4th June.