Muslims around the world are celebrating the month of Ramadan starting today. Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar when people of Islamic faith observe a month of fasting which ends with sunset prayers.
The month-long celebration begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon when Muslims believe that Ramadan teaches them to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate, thus encouraging actions of generosity and charity (zakat).
This is a month of blessings and forgiveness and it is believed that God forgives the sins of those who observe the holy month with fasting, prayer, and faithful intention. The sunset prayer breaks the daily fasting with a meal called iftar which is shared with friends and families. This year the celebrations will look and feel different due to the pandemic. However, we hope to share the spirit of the holy month through caring and compassion.
The Immigrant Life wishes everyone celebrating – a happy and healthy month.