Ramadan Mubarak

Posted on September 10, 2010


Eid Ul-Fitr meal

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“Ramadan Mubarak” is the customary greeting within Islam to wish someone a “Happy” Ramadan. Translated, it means “blessed Ramadan.”

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time of fasting, prayer and charity. According to tradition, the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan.

The Islamic Calendar is based on the lunar cycle; hence, it began this year on August 12  and ended yesterday. The lunar cycle is not synchronized to our Gregorian calendar, so there is an annual drift of 11-12 days with the cycle being repeated every 33 Islamic years. If I’m understanding how to use the Islamic date converter, September 11, 2001, fell in the 6th month, Ahkira.

Eid ul-Fitr (the first word is pronounced ede) is today. It is the festival of Ending the Fast. Muslims dress up in their best clothes, donate food to the poor, go to morning prayers and visit family and friends.

Editors note: If you’ve read this far, then don’t miss my previous post, Sheena: Islamic Ambassador