April Spotlight: Ramadan
For Muslims, Ramadan is a holy time of fasting and consecration. It is the ninth month in the lunar calendar, and a time when Muslims focus on personal growth and reflection. Throughout this month, which begins with the sighting of the new moon, observing Muslims abstain from all food and drink between dawn and sunset each day during the month, which lasts 29 or 30 days. Muslims with health issues are exempt from fasting.
During Ramadan, the observant traditionally eats an initial meal before dawn (before 5 am) and a second meal after sunset (around 7:30 pm). After sunset, folks may go to the mosque or stay at home and do prayers well into the night.
While it is a time of sacrifice and physical challenges, Professor Taha notes that, "fasting increases one's self-discipline, empathy for the less fortunate, and appreciation of the blessings that God has bestowed on us. Ramadan also is a month of heightened worship, spiritual reflection, and charitable donations." In addition to the personal aspects of Ramadan, Professor Taha shares that "it is a very social month as it brings the community together every evening for communal meals to break the fast and for extra prayers."
We encourage all of our community to take time to reflect, develop, and grow alongside our Muslim members during this month. Ramadan Mubarak to all!