Muslim: Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak (Ramadan Blessings to you.)

Nelson Mandela said, “Our human compassion binds us as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

A healthy and mature spirituality knows that life isn’t always easy, but we are more resilient than we think. We develop this maturity by being pushed and tested beyond our comfort levels. Spiritual maturity is also concerned with how to be patient and considerate of ourselves and others even when we are at our physical limits.

Ramadan provides Muslims with the opportunity to develop their inner resources by testing and stretching their physical strength by living with fatigue, hunger and thirst. The communal practice provides a context that is both encouraging and joyful. Ramadan teaches that there is suffering in life but as a community we can face life’s toughest struggles. 

“Muslims observe Sawm (fasting,) in order to become more compassionate towards those less fortunate than them. By not eating, they become more grateful for all Allah has blessed them with, and this teaches them not to take anything for granted. Sawm is also observed in order to teach Muslims perseverance, dedication and self-control, as well as to cleanse their minds and bodies and bring them closer to Allah through prayer.”

The Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon, commonly known as the lunar cycle. As a result, the Holy month of Ramadan falls approximately 10 days earlier each year in the Gregorian calendar. Lasting for 30 days, Ramadan will end with the celebratory days of Eid al-Fitr.