It is not new to me whenever Ramadan is being talked about. I am no ignorant about this very special and sacred occasion that our dear Muslim brothers and sisters celebrate because I have grown up in a place where Muslims, Christians and other religious denominations live together as one, in Pagadian, as Pagadianon.
In this solemn month, the ninth month of the islamic calendar, our dear brothers and sisters are doing their sacrifices and worship to Allah. During the whole duration of Ramadan, they are encouraged to fast starting from daylight until sunset, they are encouraged to read the Qur’an, and after a month, after a new moon has been sighted, they shall have Eid’l Fitr celebration.
For us Christians, we can compare this to our lenten season, where we are prohibited to eat meat, we are prohibited to sin alot, and instead, remember Jesus Christ through joining mass, giving our prayers and worship, on how he suffered at the cross to save our sins, and how he sacrificed and have shown selfless love to us.
The fasting is intended to teach every Muslim humility, patience and spirituality as they do fast for the sake of Allah. This time will also bring them closer to Allah because of their prayers, prayers of their past sins and trespasses, prayers for guidance and prayers for continued sustenance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Aside from fasting, they are also encouraged to read the Qur’an, the Bible’s counterpart. Through reading the Qur’an, they are reminded on the sacrifices done and given by Allah and Mohammad to them. Thus letting them contemplate on self-reformation.
When the month of sacrifice is over, and when a new moon has been sighted, our brothers and sisters celebrate the end of the fasting month. This is otherwise known as Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) celebration. During the Eid’l Fitr celebration, food is given to the poor, everyone puts on their best, usually new, clothes; and communal prayers are held in the early morning, followed by feasting and visiting relatives and friends. They are expected to do this to thank Allah for guiding them throughout the month.
With this, I am with our Muslim brothers and sisters as they participate in the Ramadan. I am praying that it shall be a blessed ramadan. That everyone will find self-renewal, self-reformation and self-delight after a month of sacrifices. I am praying also that the prayers which you are about to ask to Allah shall be given a realization.
PS: Some facts were taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan