Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a holy month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. It remembers the month the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims fast during daylight hours in Ramadan to get closer to God through prayer and contemplation. Many acts of worship apart from fasting are also done during this month, including the ‘Taraweeh’, an important prayer observed in the evening. It is also a time of joy that involves daily convivial meetings with family and friends for breaking fast at sundown, called ‘Iftar’. At the end of the month, many households partake in celebrations for ‘Eid al-Fitr’ (Festival of Breaking the Fast).
Ramadan in the UK began on the 12th April and will end on the 12th May. We wish Ramadan Mubarak to all our observing members.