Ramadan is a celebrated month to commemorate the time when the first verses of the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad in about 610 CE. This holy month is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar and within this month it is expected that those of the Muslim faith abstain from food, drink, and other pleasures from the time of dawn to dusk. By removing these things from their daily routine they focus their mind and body on prayer, spirituality and charity as a form of purification. They are also expected to refrain from things such as gossiping and cursing.
The exact time of Ramadan is never really known until just before the holy month of sacrifice begins and this is because it is determined by a sighting of the new moon. Although many people still prefer to see the moon with the naked eye, others make use of astronomical calculations.
The Muslim calendar does not sync up with the secular calendar that the world uses, so while their holidays are always on the same day with regards to the Muslim calendar, it will differ on the secular calendar, so it will typically move 11 to 12 days earlier each year.
The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid ul Fitr which is a feast day to celebrate the ending of the month of fasting and the celebrations begin as soon as a new moon is spotted. It is also considered to be a day of reverence, meaning that Muslims praise and give thanks to Allah for helping them through the month of fasting and also asking for forgiveness for the sins they have committed. During this time Muslims celebrate by putting of their best clothes, spend time with their families and preparing a large feast for the day.
“During this month you reconnect with your creator and try to affirm your belief system”, says acting office manager to Isac Smith, Wafihqa Sadan. She prepares herself for this holy month by fasting two days ahead of time and also reading more of the Qur‘an, which is compiled of 30 chapters and during this time she tries to read at least one chapter a month. She also spends more time with her family by praying together and also having supper with each other. Together they prepare and make food which they then distribute to the less fortunate communities over the weekends.
With this in mind we would like to wish all our Muslim staff members a Ramadan Kareem for them and their families.