A friend is coming to stay with me in a few days and this friend's name is Ramadan. Ramadan visits me as well as every practicing Muslim around the world each year and stays for the duration of a month (29 or 30 days). Ramadan doesn't tell us the exact day he will arrive but instead he asks you to observe the moon for his sign and when we see that sign, the Crescent Moon
, we will know that he has finally arrived.
You might ask, who is Ramadan?
What is the purpose of his visit? Why such a long stay? Well, Ramadan is the 9th and the holiest month on the Islamic Lunar Calendar and during this month, Muslims all across the world fast. Fasting during this month is compulsory upon every fit and able Muslim because it is one of the Five Pillars
in Islam. Muslims observing the fast must refrain from eating and drinking from sun rise to sun down. Ramadan is not just about refraining from food and drink but also evil actions, thoughts and words. Its a time of inner reflection, self control, devotion to God, giving charity and doing good deeds.