Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the new moon. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to practice self-restraint, in keeping with ṣawm (Arabic: “to refrain”), one of the Pillars of Islam (the five basic institutions of the Muslim religion). Sawm is most commonly understood as the obligation to fast during Ramadan.
Muslims break their fast each evening with prayer. They proceed to have festive nighttime meals, called iftars that are often shared with friends and extended family and sometimes last into the early morning hours. The iftar usually begins with dates or apricots and water or sweetened milk and continues through many courses of vegetables, breads, and some meats. (i)
Muslims all over Canada and the world celebrate and observe the special month of Ramadan together with their families, friends and neighbours. In Ramadan, fasting, spiritual devotion and reflection are emphasized along with exerting personal effort towards kindness, charity and communal benefit. Every night as soon as the sun sets, families break their fast together, also known as Iftar, in gratitude for all the blessings we enjoy. Watch these hilarious Ramadan reactions and tips from kids! As families observe Ramadan together, children often see their loved ones fasting and like to join in, keeping their fast for a few hours or half a day.
As families observe Ramadan together, children often see their loved ones fasting and like to join in, keeping their fast for a few hours or half a day. Watch these hilarious Ramadan reactions and tips from kids!
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Video by Islamic Relief Canada (IRC) – Canada’s largest Muslim NGO and charity that works towards alleviating poverty and responding to emergency disasters and crises. IRC celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year, having served 30 million people in over 30 countries around the world.
(i) Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica