Ramadan is a hugely important time for millions of people across the globe, this year it fell during the month of April. Young Person Amir shares his experience of what this time means to him.
How do we know it is Ramadan?
The month before Ramadan we cannot see the moon. When it is Ramadan, we can begin to visibly see the moon and we can judge when Ramadan begins and ends from the lunar cycle. It lasts about 30 days, but we do not know the specific date it will end. We must follow the moon.
What do you do during Ramadan?
We fast from sunrise to sunset.
After we break our fast, we do a special prayer and have a special meal, we break our fast with dates.
It is a time to spend with family. The night time is lively - people are out socialising, it is a very special time. I spend it with my friends now that I am in the UK.
Why do you observe Ramadan?
In Islam there are 5 pillars that you must follow and Ramadan is one of them. To be a Muslim you must follow this practice - although there are some reasons you might be excused (e.g. for health reasons).
Why is it important to you?
For me it is important to follow the 5 pillars that is why I fast. Physically it is a cleanse for the body where I avoid smoking shisha. It allows my body to rest and rejuvenate.
Fasting challenges my mind and my spirituality and encourages me to be kind to others. It is an important month as it is a time for forgiveness when God forgives our sins, and we forgive others and make positive changes for the future. It is a time for me to get closer to Allah. Th Qu'ran was sent to earth on a day during Ramadan. It is a great time to have your prayers listened to by Allah.
Is there anything you dislike about Ramadan?
No, but it can be challenging if you are fasting in a hot country, the days may be longer and this can be difficult.
What happens at the end of the month?
After Ramadan we celebrate Eid, this is a three-day celebration to mark the end of Ramadan and fasting. We buy special new clothes to wear during Eid. When you greet your neighbour you say “Eid Mubarak” and give sweets to one another.
Eid Mubarak to all those who celebrated!