What is Ramadan?

Zoe loves highlighting different cultures and what truly makes them unique. Ramadan is the month of the Quran, and nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide who practice Islam observe this month. Here are some quick facts and what our Muslim curlfriends experience during Ramadan. 

Muslims believe that the Quran was sent to the Prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. The Quran is the religious text for Islam. The dates of Ramadan change every year due to Islam using the Lunar Calendar.

Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar and lasts for an entire month. When celebrating Ramadan, Muslims do not eat food or drink water between sunrise and sunset. They fast in this period to heighten their focus. In some countries, like Egypt, they change their clocks during Ramadan to have shorter days and longer nights. 

People who can not go long periods of not eating, such as pregnant women or people who are sick, continue to eat. However, while they’re eating, they have to give food to the less fortunate during Ramadan. 

Ramadan is a time for giving and being charitable. Muslims give voluntary and obligatory charity during Ramadan giving money and food to those in need. They give in hopes of ending starvation and poverty in the world. Muslims who practice Islam tend to give more during Ramadan due to the prophet Muhammad who was known to give more during this month.  

(Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian)

A lot of people focus on family during Ramadan and make promises. They promise not to be greedy, gossip or tell lies. Muslims also tend to focus more on their faith, learning more about the Islamic religion, reading from the Quran daily. They pray and form a deeper relationship with their creator Allah. 

Children a part of the Islamic religion are not able to practice Ramadan until puberty. However, sometimes they practice fasting for a couple of days before puberty. At the end of the month, they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which means “The Festival of Breaking the Fast.” 

Zoe has different curlfriends worldwide. There is so much more that encompasses Ramadan and how Muslims globally celebrate it. Healthy Roots Dolls believes representation matters for all people and how important it is for storybooks and toys to celebrate the beauty of our diversity. Islamic culture is diverse and should be respected globally. 

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