Ramadan is one of the 12 months of the Islamic ‘hijri’ Calendar. The islamic calendar is a lunar calendar dependent on moon sightings.
Ramadan may be 29 or 30 days all dependent on the moon sighting and is commonly split in three phases:
- Phase I: The first 10 days of Ramadan – Days of Mercy
- Phase II: The second 10 days of Ramadan – Days of Forgiveness
- Phase III: The last 10 days of Ramadan – Days of Salvation…
where the famous ‘lailat ul-qadar’, i.e. the night of fate or power, takes place in one of those nights where those who work hard during the month with good intentions obtain good deeds equivalent to or even greater than 1,000 months of charity and good deeds.
If only one word could describe the month of Ramadan, we believe it would be ‘giving’.
- Themselves: People give to themselves through the chance to focus on reflection (body), detoxification (body) and life purpose (spirit), for a month of fasting and abandonment of food and money.
- Friends and Family: People give to friends and family through invitations to what is referred to as ‘iftar’, i.e. the break of fast or sunset meal.
- Poor and Needy: People give to the poor and needy through charity in the form of money, food, or even moral support.
- Community: People give to their communities through spreading of words of peace, acceptance, mercy and open mindedness.
Ramadan is celebrated around the world around the same time, again, based on the moon sighting and is concluded by a celebration called ‘Eid’. The Eid after Ramadan is one of two Eids in the Islamic Calendar which are equivalent to the once a year celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah in Christian and Jewish beliefs respectively.
There are lots of sources on the web that provide more detailed information about Ramadan … we thought we would share ours.