The most blessed time of the year for Muslims around the world is here; Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calender and is the month that the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Muslims that are healthy and of an age of maturity, will fast from sunrise to sunset during this month, which lasts 29-30 days. Fasting the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.
I set some personal goals for myself during Ramadan. I like to set goals that are challenging, but are attainable and realistic 🙂
This Ramadan I do not want to have any food waste. Traditionally, many may have made a table long feast. It is easy to get caught up in that. I will try to keep it simple with a salad, entree and fresh fruit for dessert. Leftovers? We will eat them the next day. I do not want to take from the true essence of this month by focusing only on food!
Some questions I often get about Ramadan:
Q: Can you drink water?
A: No. Muslims refrain from all food and water from sunrise to sunset.
Q: Is that healthy?
A: There have been many studies done on fasting and have proven health benefits.
Q: What if you are sick?
A: If you are sick then you are not required to fast. If it is temporary illness, will have to make up that day later when you are feeling better.
Q: Do you celebrate at the end of the month?
A: Yes! Eid Al-Fitr is a big celebration for the end of Ramadan. People give gifts, visit with family and eat lots of delicious treats 🙂
I am by no means a religious scholar. Just a Muslim practicing my faith and this is my understanding.
I wish you all a wonderful, spiritual month, of growth and love. May Allah (SWT) accept all of our fasts and prayers!