During the holy month of Ramadan was when Allah (SWT) gave Prophet
Muhammad (S) the Holy Qur'an. One day, Muhammad had a vision in
which the angel Jibril told him how Allah wanted people to live.
The Allah's words were revealed to Muhammad through the angel over
a period of 23 years, and the words were written down to form the
Qur'an. We celebrate Ramadan to remember this very special month.
Ramadan is a
time when we fast during the daylight hours. We go without food
or drink until sundown. Instead of feeding our bodies, we pray and
read the Qur'an. We also make extra effort not to say or listen
to anything harmful. These things make us feel closer to Allah,
and also remind us of people who may not have enough to eat.
Every day during
Ramadan, Muslim families wake up before the sun rises to eat a meal
together. This meal is called Suhur. It is the only thing we eat
until the evening. After Suhur, everyone offers the Fajr prayer
together. Even young children should fast at least a few days during
Ramadan. Many kids also give up eating their favorite foods and
try to improve themselves by avoiding bad habits.
try to read the entire Qur'an during the month of Ramadan. It is
important to know that all five daily prayers should be offered
as well, or the day's fasting has no meaning at all.
When the sun
sets, we break our fast by drinking water and eating dates. Then
we offer the Maghrib prayer together. Afterwards, everyone enjoys
a delicious meal called Iftar.
fasting during Ramadan is REQUIRED of Muslims once they reach the
age of puberty, or between the ages of 11 and 15 (the same time
that the five prayers become a requirement). Ramadan is a time when
Muslims give up some of their personal comforts to become closer
to Allah. It is a time to remember the important teachings that
Allah (SWT) gave to our dear Prophet (S). Those teachings include
respecting and understanding others, and remembering those who are
The month of Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. Its
a time for us to celebrate the end of fasting. This holiday is so
important that many Muslims in the west. take a day off from work
or school to celebrate with their families.
early for the prayer ceremony at their masjids and parks, wearing
new clothes. Afterwards, families visit each other and exchange
good wishes. The handshakes and hugs after the prayer are a wonderful
mark of love toward others. Eid gives everyone a feeling of brotherliness,
and all bad feelings toward fellow Muslims should be wiped clean
so we can all start fresh.
homes for Eid is fun for us to do with our parents, and we can even
make our own Eid cards or gifts!
receive gifts, candy, or money. But we should also remember that
Eid is not about such gifts, it is really a time to remember Allah
and to feel the joy that comes to us once we meet obligations toward
Him. If you participate in the fasting, the celebration becomes
even more meaningful!