Ramadan 2021 Begins!

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Muslims believe that the Quran, or holy book, was revealed during this month.

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Ramadan Mubarak to any celebrating Green Level students and staff members! 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The Islamic holiday began on April 13th, setting Eid al-Fitr up for May 13th. Since the Islamic calendar is lunar and a year is shorter than the standard Gregorian calendar most people use today, Ramadan usually begins about 10 days earlier each year. Muslims believe that the Quran, or holy book, was revealed during this month. During Ramadan, we try to get closer to Allah (God) and work to become better people!

The best-known aspect of Ramadan is fasting. Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown each day, health permitting. We begin our fast after a breakfast called suhoor, and break it at iftar, or dinner. The Muslim Student Association is holding a fasting challenge next week. If you think you can take on the challenge, join the information meeting on April 16th at 4:00 pm, and follow @greenlevelmsa on Instagram–we hope to see you there! 

But although fasting is a huge part of Ramadan, it’s not the only thing Muslims do during the month. Muslims spend their time studying the Quran and doing the 5 daily prayers–some even do tarawih, an additional, lengthy prayer in the evening. We work on bettering ourselves, trying to stay away from bad habits or unkind behavior. People give more charity and open their hearts to those around them! 

All in all, we hope Ramadan this year is enjoyable and fulfilling for Muslims and non-muslims alike! May those of you fasting have a light and easy day, and those who aren’t have a fantastic month. If you’re interested in learning more about Ramadan, remember to check out the fasting challenge!