Ramadan is a holy month of celebration for Muslims. They show their appreciation to God by fasting from sunrise to sunset, doing charity and offering prayers. The Muslims believe this is the month when Allah disclosed the first verses of the holy book of Islam (Qur’an). So, what really happens in this month-long holy celebration?
The Ramadan Traditions
They start the month by welcoming it with the ‘Ramadan Mubarak!’ greeting. The wealthy sheiks residing in Arabian Gulf countries make their homes open all night for people who need food, conversation, tea and coffee.
During Ramadan, most mosques recite one-thirtieth of the Qur’an every night in prayers (tarawih). They are not allowed to consume or drink anything while the sun is out. Families are only allowed to eat a meal before dawn (suhoor) and after dusk (iftar). To uphold the celebration, they commonly use Ramadan-themed utensils such as Ghida’s embossed mugs from Silsal Design House.
The Ramadan Fasting
The practice reminds people how the less fortunate suffers. This brings their faith closer to God. This self-restraint exercise is viewed as a way to spiritually and physically detoxify from unworthy habits by avoiding smoking, coffee and snacking.
It is a time to separate from worldly pleasures and concentrate on prayers. Fasting, charity, daily prayer, declaration of faith and the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca are the Five Pillars of Islam. Muslims mark the end of the celebration through intense worship. They solemnly wish for answered prayers during ‘the Night of Destiny’ or Laylat al-Qadr. On the last 10 nights, devout Muslims spend most of their time at mosques.
The Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan through a three-day holiday (Eid al-Fitr) where kids usually receive gifts, cash and new clothes. The month-long celebration showcases a strong-willed religion by sacrificing earthly pleasures for faith.