It is that time of the year again, my favorite month is back. Along with it comes a little sadness too. It makes me miss my family even more. Ramadan and Eid is the time when everyone gets together and prays, fasts, celebrates the occasion as a family but living abroad has its own disadvantages. I am thankful to God for giving me all that I have, I couldn’t have asked for more Alhamdulilah but i hope I can celebrate Eid with my family again in future. I want my child to see what real Ramadan and Eid really looks like back home!
A lot of my friends don’t know what Ramadan is about so I thought I will blog about it.
Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims where they fast from dawn to dusk. It is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Everyday for a month muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, fasting here means no water or food. The act of fasting helps to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. It also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate. Muslims also give charity “zakat” every year during the month of Ramadan to the less fortunate.
Waking up to eat at dawn is called Suhoor. At dusk families get together and break their fast with “dates” – breaking the fast is called iftaar.
Eid marks the end of Ramadan. It is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Everyone comes together and celebrate the occasion with their families. The elders in the family give younger kids gifts or money (eidi). Money makes us happy, doesn’t it?
Both Ramadan and Eid are based on the sighting of the moon. Well that’s about Ramadan in my simple words. I hope you like my post!