The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan is celebrated in the ninth month of the Muslim year. The start and end dates vary year to year. Islam uses a lunar calendar, based on the phases of the moon, unlike the secular world that follows the solar Gregorian calendar. The exact start date of Ramadan is determined by the first sighting of the New Moon. Many countries have begun relying on astronomical calculations in the modern world, but some locations still rely on human observation.
What is Ramadan?
The origin of Ramadan dates back to when the first verses of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, were revealed to the prophet Muhammed in 610 CE. The Night of Power, or Laylat al-Qadr, the day the Quran was given, will usually fall within the last 10 day of Ramadan. Participating in the holy month of Ramadan is one of the 5 Pillars (or commandments) of Islam. All Muslims that can, must participate in a month long fast from dusk to dawn, each day. Observers must abstain from food, drinks, and other pleasures. The intent is for followers to remove daily comforts so they can focus their minds on spirituality, prayer, and charity. The goal is to purify the body and mind. Gossip and cursing are to be avoided as well.
Another important part of the month of Ramadan is charity. Muslims are obligated to give to charity on a regular basis. But during Ramadan, the rewards for charity are considered greater. Sadaga, a voluntary act of charity that goes above and beyond the yearly religious obligations is common during the holy month.
Ramadan ends with a large festival celebration. Eid ul Fitr, or the Festival, begins as soon as the next New Moon is seen in the sky. This marks the end of one full month. Muslims put on their best attire, attend large gatherings with processions, give gifts to one another, spend time with their families and of course, feast on a large, elaborate meal. This festival is a time to praise Allah for helping them get through the month of fasting and for asking to be forgiven for their sins.
Pak Halal in Lenexa, KS is an international grocery store that sells Halal meats, Middle Easter staples and delicacies, as well as freshly baked pita and other breads. During this holy month of Ramadan, Pak Halal is extending a 10% discount to all customers that spend $50 or more. Stop by 12259 W 87th St. Parkway to take advantage of this great discount and to pick up supplies and ingredients for iftar, the meal after sundown. Ramadan Mubarak, or “Have a Blessed Ramadan.”