The Holy Month of Ramadan


Alroza Rasy

Rayyan Sayyed, Tagbid Raysun and Reshman Amin are only three of the many muslims at University Prep participating in Ramadan

As we know, Christmas comes around once a year in the month of December for Christians, Catholics and other religions. But, did you know that Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas? In fact, the people of Islam actually have a really similar holiday once a year called Eid! Eid-al-Fitr, also known as “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” Eid! Eid-al-Fitr is a very important holiday that comes after the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for 30 days in honor of the people who lived in the desert of Saudi Arabia without food or water for days. The main point of Ramadan is sacrifice, along with other benefits such as performing good deeds, and maintaining the daily 6 prayers.

Some might be wondering “So, when do they eat?” During this time, they wake up before sunrise and fill themselves up with food and water to their desire. After this time, they don’t eat or drink water till sunset. To freshman Rayyan Sayyed , “The toughest part is about waking up, I don’t care about being hungry our thirsty but waking up early in the morning is hard.” Since  Ramadan is in the summer this year people celebrating this tradition have to get up and eat before 5:30 and then can’t eat again until 8:00, this is one of many reasons this year Ramadan very difficult for the people that are participating in this tradition.

When Reshman Amin was asked how Ramadan affects him he said “This Ramadan in particular is stressful because it runs through finals week”, Rayyan then added to this saying ” I don’t even get 8 hours sleep anymore! “

Before sunset, families gather around and prepare a daily feast after the absence of food throughout the whole day. Throughout the day, there are six prayers set in different times, a common misconception that some may believe is if the fast is completed, the required deeds are complete, which is rather incorrect. To complete the fast, of course one must not eat or drink, but along with that comes removing inappropriate music, wearing covered up clothing, doing the six prayers, spreading positivity, and keeping an all around clean mindset.

Although giving back to others should always be a priority, during this month especially, Muslims give back to others. Typically back home, one Bengali tradition is sending money to a Masjid in Bangladesh to sacrifice a goat in the name of Allah, and feed it to all of the lower income families.