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Ramadan – What’s it all about?

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar that is based on the lunar cycle.  The beginning and ending of the month is determined by the sighting of the new moon.

During the month of Ramadan all Muslims over the age of puberty (generally held to be 9 for girls and 12 for boys) must fast during daylight hours.  Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and has been prescribed by the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet.  The Qur’an gives the following reasons:

Fasting is an important act of worship as it displays self-control and helps to overcome feelings of greed, selfishness and laziness.  Most Muslims expect their behaviour to improve whilst fasting as it is a constant reminder of the spiritual aspect of their lives.

The following are not permitted during Ramadan,

  • Food and drink during daylight hours
  • Inhaling anything including tobacco during daylight hours
  • Lying, fighting, anger and spitefulness are abstained from.

We are now into the 2nd week of Ramadan. I will be joining students in their fast this week to support them during this time and to gain a better understanding of the challenges and rewards of this experience. It’s only day one and I can already appreciate the difficulty of fasting through the warmer weather. It is certainly going to be a challenge, but a challenge that I am eager to take in order to test my own inner strength and patience alongside improving my own understanding of the fasting experience.

I’ll be completing some video diaries with some of our Muslim students to keep you updated.

Miss. Fordham