Cultural Spotlight: Ramadan

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Many of our Muslim refugee friends have recently passed the halfway point of observing the holy month of Ramadan.  Most of them are doing so in a new country far from family and friends. 

Ramadan is an important month for Muslims around the world, including many of our clients and colleagues. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time of fasting observed from sunrise to sunset. This year, Ramadan began on the evening of July 8th, and it will culminate on the night of August 7th for Eid al-Fitr. For the entire month, adherents will generally abstain from food, drink and other physical needs during daylight hours. There are, however, some exemptions for people in certain situations. 

Similar to other religions, the time of fasting is viewed as more than just not eating or drinking. It is also a time to reevaluate and refocus attention on God – part of which also includes reconciling relationships with friends and family members. Many people also view it as a time of solidarity with those who lack food and water around the world.

Each night during Ramadan, families will gather together for the daily Iftaror breaking of the fast. Traditionally, the fast is initially broken by eating dates, just as the Prophet Mohammad did. 

What do you know about Ramadan?

We at the blog here are by no means experts on religious observances, so we encourage you to do a little research and learn something new about Ramadan this year. As always, it’s important to keep in mind that each person and each family celebrates differently. Ramadan Mubarak

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