From Sunday, June 5 to July 5, 2016, Muslims all over the world will be cerebrating the ninth moth of the Islamic calendar, known as “Ramadan.” This is the special month in which the Qur’an was revealed.
Muslims honor the time when Allah (God), through the angel Gabriel revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, to a caravan trader named prophet Muhammed. Ramadan is the time to obey God’s commandment learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity.
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The term “Ramadan” means scorching. Upon reaching the age of puberty, Muslims are required to fast. Eating and drinking is prohibited during daylight hours, and the day’s abstinence is offset by a nightly meal known as Iftar. The first pre-dawn meal of the day during Ramadan is called “suhoor.” During Ramadan, Muslims are also not to think of impure thoughts. The end of this holy month is celebrated with the three day celebration, Id al-Fitr. These are large feasts celebrated with family and friends.
Normally in Ramadan food is often shared with poor families. This reminds me in my country, most of the time people were inviting us to share food on Iftar time around 6 p.m. This is a good example to see how Muslims and non-Muslims should coexist in the community. Don’t be surprised if your Muslim co-worker or friend from school invites you to share Iftar.
I am not Muslim but I do have friends who are Muslim and I had the chance to study at a Muslim school, even though I am Christian. I want to focus on good behavior and good attitude that Muslims show during Ramadan. Keep praying to God, be nice with your neighbors, and think of how our country and the world can be much better. “Islam” means “Peace,” and people should forget to call Muslims terrorist and other bad names. Some people may think that you can hide yourself in Islam and do bad things, but this is not what Islam is about. Real Muslims know this. It’s a good time to think about doing more chartable things and unity of Muslims. Again, all of us we should be nice and obey God not in Ramadan or Christmas time but be good all the time.
I wish all of you a happy Ramadan and invite me one day to share food on Iftar with you.
Peace and blessing be with you.