Ramadan Mubarak everyone! Today I wanted to dedicate a post all about this special month Ramadan, what it is and what it means for muslims across the world.
Ramadan is the most practised holiest month in Islam where it is an obligation for all Muslims to fast for one month unless you are either pregnant, sick, travelling, on your period or are of a certain age. It is a month of blessings and provides that opportunity for Muslims to not only reflect but to also work on behaviour and purifying the soul. As well as cleansing oneself it also provides the opportunity to learn more about the Quran, practising kindness and patience as well as thinking of those less fortunate. Charity is also considered a significant part during ramadan as well as making dua and worshipping God.
This is performed during the month of Ramadan, a special type of prayer which is either performed at the mosque or in your home. This is an extra prayer performed after your final prayer which usually lasts more than an hour. It’s seen as important to try and at least read the Quran once during this holy month.
Breaking the fast
As mentioned earlier, Muslims can break their fast once they listen to the call to prayer at sunset. This signals that the fast can now be broken and its time to eat and drink! First stop – dates! Usually the first few days can be tough for some to adjust to but after that their bodies will start to get used to the fasting and especially of course remembering the reason why. However there is this idea that as soon as Muslims are able to break their fast they will suddenly gather together quickly and eat a large meal. This is not necessarily the case. Muslims will pray and connect to God and after that they will then turn to eating their dinner with family.
The meal Muslims eat when breaking their fast is known as Iftar إفطار. Before the pandemic there would be many open Iftars where anyone is welcome to join and break their fast. This brings a strong sense of community together which is beautiful to see. However, with restrictions in place this is one of the many things that Muslims miss during Ramadan, being able to be with all their family members during such a special time.
The Iftar experience is such a warm and generous experience built with wonderful memories to last generations. Filled with such kindness and love.
The reason why Muslims fast?
A whole sense of purity as well as to connect to those who are suffering and going through hard times. Fasting allows people to reflect and get a sense of feeling of those who do not have much in life. Although charity is a huge importance in Islam, its during Ramadan where you will see usually an increase in such acts of kindness.
It brings a sense of calmness and a chance to slow down and reflect on what is going on around you. Having a look at your behaviour and seeing what you can do to be the best version of yourself. Allowing a chance to connect more with God, known as taqwa is also a main reason for Muslims to fast. On top of all these reasons it has also been proven to have benefits for your health and mind.
Ramadan in Kuwait
This will be the second Ramadan during a pandemic. That means that things may slightly be different to how it used to be though nonetheless it is still just as important as ever for Muslims. Especially during these times it makes people realise just how important life is in general and to be able to connect with God and be a good human.
Restrictions have lifted slightly with the curfew hours, now at 8pm allowing people to walk between 8 and 10pm at night. Deliveries are also allowed now till 3 in the morning. Hours are also reduced during Ramadan, so for us teachers we now have a new timetable starting at 11 and finishing at 2.30pm.
Its also important to remember that in Kuwait it is slightly different to that of the U.K. where non Muslims can still eat and drink out in public. Here that is not allowed so anyone who is not fasting should remain only drinking and eating in their home.
People also enjoy this time to set new goals for themselves and to improve in anyway they can.
To those who are fasting, wishing you all a blessed month x