Happy Ramadan 2021

April 12, 2021

In the United States, Ramadan 2021 begins the evening of Monday, April 12th and ends on the evening of Wednesday, May 12th. During the month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Lunar Islamic Calendar, Muslims all over the world celebrate the time its believed that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. 

Daylight hours are spent fasting, or abstaining from food and drink. Fasting is considered a form of worship in its self-discipline and sacrifice, and also serves as a practice of empathy and compassion for those who are food-insecure. Early mornings before dawn and evenings after sunset are reserved for meals, family, reciting scripture, and prayer. Ramadan is an important month of spiritual growth for Muslims.

Ramadan ends with the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, or 'Festival of Breaking the Fast', at the new moon in the Lunar Islamic Calendar month of Shawwal, the 10th month. The new moon begins a new month on the calendar.

In 2015, the Pew Research Center estimated that 1.8 billion people were Muslim, or 24% of the world's population. Islam is the fastest growing major world religion. 

We wish all of our Muslim friends and neighbors a Happy Ramadan. Ramadan Murbarak! 

 

Learn more about Ramadan:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/MAGAZINE-when-is-ramadan-2021-1.5372863

https://gulfnews.com/going-out/ramadan-2021-10-arabic-phrases-to-learn-for-ramadan-1.2032864

https://www.islamic-relief.org/learning_the_lessons_of_a_sustainable_ramadan/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/ramadan

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/celebrating-cultural-diversity-ramadan-1/

 

 

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