Millions of Muslims all over the world celebrated on Thursday 17th May 2018 the first day of the holy month of Ramadan
. A time by intense prayer, from dawn to dusk fasting and nighty feasts. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. We convey our congratulations to all Muslims around the world with this religious occasion, hoping that it will come next year and the Muslim nations live in peace and stability.
Fasting during Ramadan is for all Muslims poor and rich around the world. Muslims attend the taraweeh prayer, a Ramadan evening prayer, while free time during the day is often spent in reading and reciting the Qur’an and listening to religious lectures or watching religious TV and Radio programs.
Each day of the month of Ramadan, we abstain from eating and drinking from the sunrise to sunset, even a sip of water, tea or coffee or cigarette to those adopt this habit, can invalidate one’s fast. There are some exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant and people who travelling.
We usually, break our fast as the prophet Mohamed (peace upon him) did about 1400 years ago , with a sip of water and some dates at sunset followed by prayer .It is common for us to break our fast with our family , relatives , friends and colleagues. Charities organize free meal for public at mosques and highways and other public space as some sort of social solidarity.
During this holy month of Ramadan all Muslims exert more efforts to present gifts and exchange some food with each other particularly as well as worship we usually read the thirty parts of Qur’an once or twice or more. People give some money as what is known as Sadaga to the most poor to enable them in living. Ramadan is not just fasting from eating and drinking, but it is also to share those poor the taste of poverty. It is a month of sharing life with its all suffering. Let us feel how our Muslim brothers are and sisters live under the poverty line worldwide.
Let us do good things to Allah during this holy month .Let us benefit from this honorable guest that visit the Muslim nations once a year. Let us help and support each other. Let us respect each other. This month in its way to farewell us within few weeks, so try to do the best in dealing with fast in this month. It is not a season of various delicious food and drinks. It is a month of intensive worship to Allah. We hope all of us will pick up the fruits of Ramadan by the end of the month.
We celebrate the end of Ramadan with a three-day holy Eid al Fitr.
Happy Ramadan to all Muslims all over the world.