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What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is considered a holy month by Muslims worldwide. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, refraining from eating, drinking, and other physical needs during daylight hours. The fast is intended as a time of worship, prayer, reflection, and community.

Biblical Verses: There are no specific references to Ramadan in the Bible as it is an observance specific to Islam, which emerged after the period of the biblical texts. However, the practice of fasting is present in both Christianity and Judaism, which are also Abrahamic faiths like Islam. For example, Jesus speaks about fasting in the New Testament:

  • Matthew 6:16-18 – “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Relevant Examples:

  • In Christianity, Lent is a period of 40 days which includes fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter.
  • In Judaism, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, includes a 25-hour fasting period where individuals reflect on their sins and seek forgiveness.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Spiritual Reflection and Renewal: Ramadan, like Christian Lent and Jewish Yom Kippur, encourages a period of reflection, increased devotion, and spiritual renewal.
  2. Community and Charity: Ramadan emphasizes community bonding and charitable acts. It is customary for Muslims to gather for iftar, the meal to break the fast, and engage in charity, known as Zakat.
  3. Discipline and Sacrifice: The act of fasting serves to cultivate self-discipline, self-control, and empathy for those who are less fortunate, teaching lessons of patience and humility.

These practices and lessons can be paralleled in the values taught by various religions, emphasizing common human values of devotion, charity, and personal growth.

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