Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, celebrated worldwide by around 2 billion Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from sunrise till sunset, abstaining from food and water from Suhoor (the period of time in which you eat right before you begin fasting) till Iftar (the breaking of the fast). Many tend to break their fast with dates and lots of water, followed by dinner a bit later. Pregnant women, women on their periods, children, the elderly, and people who have medical conditions are exempt from fasting. Fasting has many health benefits as well as Ramadan being a time in which many Muslims tend to be more connected to their religion, and a time for families to increase their piousness together.


Sarah (whose last name is not mentioned for confidentiality purposes), in year 10, is fasting for Ramadan, and has said “It’s a holy month so it feels like you’re closer to Allah and the religion in general, I feel like my family bonds more during Ramadan, plus fasting has been proven to cleanse your body.” But of course, the long days without food and water can be challenging. Sarah says “going to school while fasting is difficult since it’s kind of exhausting walking to school and then having to do all the work. So while I do bond more with my family during Ramadan I don’t get as much time with them because school is a bit draining. As well as waking up for Suhoor, which messes up my sleep schedule overall.”


Ramadan allows many Muslims to make their bond with Allah stronger, and fasting is also one of the five main pillars of Islam. Ramadan also helps to increase empathy for those who do not have a chance to eat regular, balanced, proper meals. It puts people in the shoes of those who are not as fortunate as others.


At the end of Ramadan is Eid ul Fitr, which is a celebration that lasts three days in which families get together and see their loved ones to share meals after the 30 days of fasting. Sweets and dishes from people’s traditions are made and shared. Some traditions on Eid are to buy new clothes, and the children get presents or money from their elders.


Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims, in which most feel more devoted to their religion. While fasting can be tough at times, it is a great time for the Muslim community and brings everyone together.