What is Ramadan? What is Eid? Ramadan and its impacts on Muslim life and the Celebration.
Ramadan Mubarak (Blessed Ramadan).
We have all heard this phrase recently on our social media and in our daily life. So, in this article, I am going to talk about Ramadan and the impacts of Ramadan on Muslim life and the Celebration.
What is Ramadan?
The Holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. Its official beginning varies locally because it depends upon the sighting of the crescent moon after the new moon. The exact date in any given locality is determined by local officials. Because the Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar, Ramadan cycles through the Gregorian calendar, falling about 11 days earlier each year. For this reason, it is not associated with any particular season. To know more about Ramadan - Click here
Why is it essential for Muslims?
The Holy night Laylat al-Qadr, also known as the Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny, or Night of Measures, is, in Islamic belief, the night when the Quran was first sent down from Heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Great Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) (peace be upon him). According to many Muslim sources, its exact date is uncertain but it was one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. Since that time, Muslims have regarded the last ten nights of Ramadan as being especially blessed.
Muslims believe that the Night of Qadr comes with blessings and mercy of God in abundance, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and the annual decree is revealed to the angels who carry it out according to God's Grace. Find out more about Laylat al-Qadr.
How people across the world celebrate Ramadan?
Ramadan celebrations can be varied based on geographical location and culture. But during Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink during daylight hours. This fast, called Sawm, is one of the five pillars of Islam. To get through a long day without food, Muslims will often wake up early to eat a meal called Suhur before Fajr (the prayer that is performed anytime starting from the moment of dawn, but not after sunrise). People also do more charity comparing other months. They also do Zakat. To know more about Zakat - Click here. This year our LSBU Islamic Society is associate with Ummah Welfare Trust for the Mosque Project. If you want to know more - click here
How to support during Ramadan while studying or work ?
For Education Provider - https://www.weareteachers.com/support-students-during-ramadan/
For Students - https://mcb.org.uk/resources/ramadan/#10
For work - https://mcb.org.uk/resources/ramadan/#9
What is Eid?
There are two Eid celebrated within Islamic Calendar. Eid al-Fitr - which means 'festival of the breaking of the fast - is celebrated at the end of Ramadan and the other. Eid al-Adha - which means 'feast of the sacrifice' - is celebrated just over two months later, at the same time when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage. So, Eid al- fitr marks the end of a month of fasting from dawn to sunset, as well as spiritual reflection and prayer. Under usual circumstances, the day starts with prayers and a big meal is usually the main event, but there are lots of other ways people celebrate too. Find out more about Eid and Eid Celebration
This year, the SU would like to invite you to join our Eid event “Let’s Celebrate Eid” on the 4th of May, 5 pm to 7 pm outside of the Grad cafe in the Student Life Centre. It will be a nice opportunity to celebrate Eid with your friends from LSBU, meet people from other cultures and make friends and share the festivity of Eid. Non- Muslim students are also encouraged to join in this event. There will be games and lots of opportunities to have fun and celebrate Eid. Food will be provided.
Book your space for you and for your friends!