From Sunrise To Sunset: A Journey Through The Tradition Of Ramadan

From Sunrise To Sunset: A Journey Through The Tradition Of Ramadan

Ramadan has begun, and me being the good citizen I am, will educate those of you who are busy following the news about Bad Bunny’s secret romance with Kendall Jenner and don’t have the time to look up what Ramadan is. 

So what exactly is Ramadan and what do you need to do in order to respect those who observe it? 

 Ramadan is a month in the Islam calendar and it is observed as a month of fasting by Muslims all around the world. For those who are not familiar with the term “Fasting,” it is basically when a person restrains from eating any food or drinking any liquid including water. Those who observe it fast from sunrise to sunset. They then eat from sunset to sunrise and repeat this cycle for a month. Keep in mind that there are non-muslims who also choose to observe Ramadan. 

For Muslims, this is a holy month and we are expected to follow specific rules while fasting. This includes restraint from music, physical interactions between opposite genders, gossiping, fighting, smoking, watching inappropriate content, etc. So if you know someone who is Muslim, try to be respectful by not playing music out loud, or tempting them to do any of the things that I previously stated. 

But you should also keep in mind that all of those things are the person’s choice and it is their personal business whether they want to follow those roles or not. It is also not anyone’s business except themselves whether they want to observe Ramadan. 

If you have any questions or comments about it, you should appropriately approach them. 

For example, you should NOT walk up to your friend and ask, “You can’t even drink water? THAT’S CRAZY, you’re gonna get dehydrated” or “this is too much. if I were you I would just eat.” Instead, you should try saying something along the lines of, “What’s the purpose of fasting?” or “Is it hard? Don’t you get thirsty?”

With that being said, Ramadan is an important tradition that many in our communities choose to observe. As a unified community, it’s our responsibility to ensure that Ramadan observers are both understood and comfortable so that our communities can feel included during this meaningful time.