The new moon is expected to be sighted tonight, which signifies the beginning of the sacred month of Ramadan for Muslim communities worldwide.

The practice of fasting from dawn to dusk is one of the most holy rituals for Muslim people, so here is everything you need to know to understand why Ramadam is so important to the Muslim people in our communities.

What is Ramadan?
According to the National Geographic, Muslims believe that Ramadan signifies the time that the prophet Muhammad received a revelation in 610 AD which led to the writing of the Islamic holy book, the Quran. The muslim community fasts during this time to commemorate the importance and holiness of this revelation.
The Atlanta Journal reports that fasting during Ramadan is seen as one of the 5 pillars of Islam faith, and signifies a time which allows space to grow spiritually and draw closer to the Muslim god, Allah.

When does Ramadan occur?
The timing of Ramadan changes every year, and is determined by moon phases and the Islamic calendar.


How is Ramadan observed?
For the muslim community, the month of Ramadan is viewed as a holy time for purification. According to the Atlanta Journal, Muslim people observing Ramadam have a pre-dawn meal before fasting until sunset. After sunset prayers, they gather with fellow Muslims for a post dusk feast. During this time, Muslims also abstain from habits such as smoking, caffeine, sex and gossip.

How can you support Muslim people in your community?
Ramadan is an important and sacred time for Muslim people, so it is important to be able to support your friends, family or co-workers during this time.