Ramadan is a special and important time in the Islamic calendar. Islam is the world’s second-largest religion with over 1.8 billion followers around the globe. There are 5 pillars of Islam that all Muslims follow. Shahada/Declaration of Faith, Salah/Prayer (5 times a day), Zakat/Charity, Hajj/Pilgrimage to Mecca (at least once in your lifetime), and Sawm/Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a month of fasting that Muslims all around the world participate in. Since not eating or drinking water for a whole month is impossible, a meal called Sahur is prepared before dawn. Then after a day of fasting an evening meal is enjoyed together called Iftar.

Fasting is not required by all. People who are sick, pregnant, very old, or very young don’t have to participate.

During Ramadan, Muslims focus on praying, reading the Quran, and helping people who are in need.

At the end of the month the holiday wraps up with a big party called Eid. Eid is a time where Muslims enjoy the reward from all the hard work during Ramadan. After prayers in the morning, the celebration starts. There is lots of food, sweets, and gift exchanges. Usually, it is a chance to see friends and family you don’t get to see very often.

Eid isn’t only for Muslims. There are celebrations all over the world and everyone is invited.

Happy Ramadan Eid Mubarak World FM!