Ramadan, the holiest month of the year according to Islam, is without a doubt
described by many muslims as the hardest month of the year. Although the intentions of
Ramadan are to fast for thirty rigorous days for Allah (god), the reason that muslims fast
is because the month of Ramadan is believed to be the month when the holy Quran was
sent from heaven to our prophet Muhammed. From then, the Quran has guided muslims
through war when they desperately needed help. (Similar to how the Trojans depended
on Apollo to guide them through war against the Greeks).
Now, thirty days may seem hard, but it's actually ridiculously harder than most
people think. Although the outcome of Ramadan is to acheive purity, to concentrate on
faith, and to lose a of weight (the last one
was a joke), people who fast just can't help thinking how they're going to get through their day without eating that Big Mac they normally have for lunch. Many adults spend several hours a day in the Masjid (Mosque) praying and reading the Quran. However, when the sun finally sets, people are ecstatic knowing that not only are they about to eat their first meal of the day, it's a pretty decent meal at that. Sunset is called Iftar in arabic and is the time to break a muslims fast and to pray to Allah. People spend their entire year eating junk food, that when Ramadan rolls around the corner, so does bad karma. Children are given gifts and or money, and friends and family gather and pray for thanks for all of their blessings in their lives. It isn't necessary, but people ask god to forgive the sins they have comitted year round by praying. Seeing as how a lot of people spend most of of their days doing all of the above, it makes life quite difficult knowing you can't live life to it's fullist until the sun slowly sets every night on a Ramadan day. It is believed to be the night when prophet Muhammed recieved the Quran. The meal turns out to be so good, that muslims eat so much and forget their problems and worries and remenisce about the Kodak moments that they have shared as a family. For a person who is fasting from sunrise to sunset, it is forbidden to eat or any kind of food or to drink any kind of liquids, to have any kind of sexual pleasures, to smoke, to curse and to gossip. During the month of Ramadan, muslims must fast everyday for thrirty days from sunrise to sunset on the ninth month of the muslim calender. Finally, after thirty harsh days, a holiday called Eid al Fitr or Id al Fitr finally occurs. Also, on the twenty seventh day of the month, the Night of Power (Laylat al Qadr) is celebrated.