There are about 7.8 billion people in the world. And around 25.6% of them; 2 billions, are fasting from sunup to sundown every day for an entire month of Ramadan. (1) Here is how to share Ramadan with Muslims?
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan isn’t like Christmas or Thanksgiving that everyone knows exactly when they’ll come. It bounces around because the Islamic calendar is lunar. When it begins depends on when the new moon is seen. That’s why the precise dates change from year to year.
Ramadan is a special month for Muslims because the fasting of Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam. Muslims believe that Ramadan is a month of spiritual charge for all the year. So Ramadan is so important for Muslims religiously and spiritually.
How Do Muslims Fast?
Muslims start fasting in Ramadan from dawn to sunset without eating or drinking anything. Then start breaking their fasting from sunset where sharing foods with their families, friends or neighbors. After that they start their Voluntary Night Prayers ‘ Tarawih’.
So Ramadan time is beautiful, isn’t it? Hence, how to share Ramadan with Muslims if you have a Muslim friend, neighbor or co-worker? 🤔
How to Share Ramadan with Muslims?
These are my tips for you to interest with Muslims at Ramadan and to support them:
1.Try to start your breakfast before dawn.
Muslims at Ramadan start their breakfast before dawn about 30 minutes which called ‘Suhoor’ as Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him commanded them:
Take a meal a little before dawn, for there is a blessing in taking a meal at that time.” (Hadith) (2)
Suhoor makes fasting more comfortable and tolerable. It helps to prevent nausea and headaches during the fasting hours, by regulating the level of sugar in the blood. It reduces thirst during the day. It makes digestion easy and efficient as well. And for you, It replenishes your supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness, while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health.
2.Try to make your supplication after dawn.
Muslims after eating their Suhoor go to pray the Fajr Prayer at the dawn time, when they take a breath starting a new birth of a new day. They feel peace and tranquility as it’s the best beginning for the day. Indeed, when you become nearest to your Only One God ‘Allah’, you become nearest to your real happiness.
3.Try to put yourself in Muslims’ shoes.
Some Muslims suffer from a misunderstanding of their non-Muslim friends through the month of Ramadan in some points:
We can’t drink coffee. Not even water. But we’ll walk with you if you want to take a break.
We may keep our distance from you due to Halitosis. You may try not to eat or drink for the entire day. That’s why we’re standing a foot away from you when we talk.
You can join us for Iftar (which is the breaking of the fast after sundown). We like to make it a big communal meal. You should come. We will be happy if you share with us our happy moment.
4.Try to take a rest with your God ‘Allah’ after your tiring day.
Muslims pray at Ramadan the Tarawih prayers. Tarawih is an Arabic word, literally means “rest and relaxation;” a term introduced later. However, it’s actually called Qiyam al-Layl and Tahajjud in the Qur’an and authentic teachings of Prophet Muhammad Sahih Hadith. It refers to the additional ritual prayers performed by Muslims at night after the Isha prayer during the holy month of Ramadan. And it’s recommended also after Ramadan, but most Muslims continuously do it only in Ramadan. They pray 11 Rakat with the recitation of the Quran in the prayer. While most of Muslims try to live with the words of the Quran as our God “Allah” talks to them. They are trying to finish the whole reading of the Quran through the month of Ramadan at Tarawih Prayer. Its amazing moments can’t be described but you will taste its beauty in heart and spirit.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
Ramaḍân is the month in which the Quran was revealed as a guide for humanity with clear proofs of guidance and the standard ˹to distinguish between right and wrong˺. So whoever is present this month, let them fast. But whoever is ill or on a journey, then ˹let them fast˺ an equal number of days ˹after Ramaḍân˺. Allah intends ease for you, not hardship, so that you may complete the prescribed period and proclaim the greatness of Allah for guiding you, and perhaps you will be grateful. When My servants ask you ˹O Prophet˺ about Me: I am truly near. I respond to one’s prayer when they call upon Me. So let them respond ˹with obedience˺ to Me and believe in Me, perhaps they will be guided ˹to the Right Way˺.”
Finally, it’s your time to enter the paradise of Ramadan and share with us your experience! 😊