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By Crystal Caruana Sullivan, Executive Director of Campus Ministry

Monday, April 12 – Tuesday, May 11

Monday April 12 marks the start of Ramadan, which takes place each ninth month according to the lunar Islamic calendar.  Ramadan is observed by Muslims all around the world as a month of increased devotion and self-discipline and is honored as the most sacred month of the year. During each day of Ramadan, Muslims fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and a time for cleansing the soul and strengthening spiritual bonds.  The Arabic word for “fasting” (sawm) means “to refrain” and refers to refraining not only from food and drink but also negative actions, thoughts and words. A day of fasting consists of the first meal before dawn and is broken after sunrise, typically with fruit juice or dates.  Although varied across nations, it is common in some Muslim countries to light the streets with lanterns and other lighting effects. Ramadan is also a time of increased devotion.  During Ramadan, Muslims spend additional time daily performing special prayers and in reading the Qur’an.

Eid al-Fitr, also called the “Feast of Breaking the Fast” marks the end of Ramadan. During Eid al-Fitr, it is common to dress in the finest clothing, offer presents to children, visit open areas and entertainment, perform prayer, spend time with family and friends and give a monetary donation to those in need or to the mosque. Find out more information about Ramadan here.

To wish a friend a blessed Ramadan, you may wish to use one of these common greetings:  "Ramadan Kareem!" or "Ramadan Mubarak!"


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