Holy Month of Ramadan
A Month of Unity
What makes Ramadan special to many Muslims is the emphasis on being together with the community. Iftar dinners are meant to be enjoyed in the company of others. Muslims break their fast in the company of not only their family and friends, but also people whom they have never met before. Joining together with other Muslims at the iftar table increases the feelings of inclusiveness and belonging. That is also why Ramadan is an ideal time for Muslims and non-Muslims to come together and learn about one another.
A Month of Giving
Muslims offer alms and donations to charitable organisations during Ramadan. They also volunteer their time in various ways, such as organising iftar dinners for thousands of people at mosques or other institutions where iftar are provided daily for anyone who wishes to join. They also purchase toys and clothes for families in need so everyone can enjoy the post-Ramadan holiday, Eid al-Fitr.
A Month of Reflection
Islam asks people to form a balance between the physical and the spiritual. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday worldly struggles, so Ramadan is the time of the year when Muslims check on their spiritual health and rebalance their priorities. It is a time to reflect on the condition of the soul and strengthen the conscience. It is also a month to reflect on one’s blessings and feel grateful.
A Month of Compassion
Many people will not understand what it’s like to be hungry. Fasting encourages empathy for and understanding towards those who go without food and water. Ramadan is the month wherein good deeds and contributions to society are considered extremely important, more so than at other times. As a result, many Muslims will make extra efforts to help others and monitor their own behaviour.