On the evening of April 2, Muslims around the world will begin to observe Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic Calendar. While many of us may know little about this holiday, for others here at Oasis, Ramadan is one of the most important spiritual recognitions of the year. With this in mind, the purpose of this week’s spotlight is twofold: First, in the spirit of life-long learning, we are shedding light on this holiday that is recognized by over 1.6 billion people to promote more education on this practice of faith. Second we hope to honor those of you here at Oasis who acknowledge Ramadan and wish you Ramadan Murbarak. As April rapidly approaches, let us take a closer look at Ramadan; what it is, its significance in the Muslim faith, and how it is observed.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a critical time for Muslims all over the world to renew their focus on faith, spirituality, and practice. It is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar and begins when the new crescent moon can first be seen. According to Islamic tradition, it was on the 27th day of Ramadan that the Prophet Muhammad received the first revelations of the Quran as he meditated in a cavern outside Mecca. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast every day from sunrise to sunset. It is expected that all Muslims take part in the fast; however, young children, pregnant people, and older adults are not expected to fast. People also attend Mosque, read from scripture, and spend time with loved ones as part of the commemoration. So to those who recognize Ramadan, “Ramadan Mubarak.” We hope you have a joyful and blessed Ramadan!