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Learning about Ramadan

Tuesday 8th July 2014

Young people at the Foy Club in Charlton made Happy Ramadan cards recently to celebrate the holy month.

During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world cannot eat food or drink, and can’t have other physical needs during the daylight hours, which is from sunrise to sunset.

This is the time to time to purify the soul, focus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice. Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to nonsense talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

Shehnaaz Aboo, Youth Worker, commented, “Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. Feasting is an important part of this Muslim holiday. There are no universally traditional Eid foods, but the holiday typically includes rich foods that may not have been eaten during. Invitations to parties and dinners are common, and people often take the day off from work to spend time celebrating by visiting family and friends. As we live in a multi lingual and multi faith community, and being a Muslim myself, I felt it was important for the young people to know about Ramadan and to make them aware of the aspect of fasting.”

One young person commented, “It was a really interesting session, because now I understand why people fast and the background of what Ramadan is all about.”