Very wonderful post that gives non-Muslims and even Muslims an insight about Ramadan. Enjoy!


Ramadan-2012On the last evening before ramadan I get that feeling of quiet, happy anticipation that  comes before the start of something you know is going to test you. I’ve always loved ramadan, loved the way it brings families together. It ties you to one another and a common goal. While the world outside is dark and still, you eat together, pray together. At the end of a long day, you take comfort in the knowledge that each knows how the other feels: taking it in turns to bring dates and a glass of water when the fast closes, over-looking irritability and sharing tasks to lessen fatigue – small signs of care and love are magnified by an empty belly somehow.


Fasting during ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam which are obligatory for all muslims.

  1. Shahadah – declaration of faith
  2. Salat – daily prayers
  3. Zakat

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  1. There are some parts of the world where the days during summer are even longer. For example where I live, in Stockholm (Sweden), the fasting lasts for over 19 hours. 21 hours in the cities up north. Yet at the end of the day, all it takes is a date, a glass of shorbot as we call it (lemonade I guess) and a few bites of whatever is on the menu to soothe the stomach :).

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