Laylat al-Qadr is when most Muslims try to act and do their best and pray as much as possible for prosperity and success in the year to come. But what other deeds are specific to Ramadan?
WHAT IS RAMADAN?
Ramadan is the ninth and one of the most holy month in the Islamic religion. Since muslims follow the lunar calendar, it occurs on different dates every year in comparison to the tropical solar calendar (ya know, January-December). Therefore, it is often referred to as the ‘blessed month of Ramadan’ and is observed by Muslims all over the world.
WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT RAMADAN?
Well, the month marks many important events in Islamic history. Most importantly, it is the month the Quran first appeared to the muslim Prophet (PBUH) Muhammed. During the exact night of the Quran’s revelation it is also believed that God decides your destiny for the coming year.
WHAT DO YOU DO DURING RAMADAN?
Like Christian and Jewish fasting, it is about abstaining. Most commonly, people abstain from food, water, and physical needs between sunrise and sunset. But similar to Lent and Yom Kippur it is way more than food. During the month you are encouraged to be more religious, to pray for yourself and others, and walk in the shoes of those that have less. The major aims of the month is to detox the soul of lust and gluttony and refocus and reset your self-discipline.
Abstinence is not only retained to our stomach; we have to fast our mouths from backbiting and swearing, our eyes from witnessing crime and watching sins being practiced, our ears from listening to gossip.
EID? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHY DO YOU GET MONEY?
Eid just means celebration or holiday. The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid Al-Fitr which is a big celebration where fasting is absolutely prohibited. We wake up in the morning and go to our Mosques to pray the ‘Eid Prayer’. Afterwards we pray the normal noon prayers.It is encouraged to give money to children that usually go around the mosque. Then we go eatttttttttt!!!!!!!!!! Some people eat at the Mosque, other’s go to restaurants with their families, or gather somewhere for a massive feast. Ultimately, we all fall to our sides in food comas and our elders give us money as presents. Last year my uncle got us all books… I got everyone chocolate and clothes… But most importantly my grandpa gave us all money! Haha! It’s just a gift-tradition like giving watches to people that graduate. I know a Swedish convert family that have their kids write wish-lists like they used to do during Christmas. It’s very different!