Ramadan - the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world will begin on or around July 9, 2013.
is Ramadan in 2013 - Ramadan is a special time for Muslims across
the world. Falling in the tenth month of Shawwal, the Islamic calendar,
it was at this time of the year when the Angel Gibril revealed to the
Prophet Mohammed Allahs will and so were written the very first
verses of the Holy Qur'an. The month of Ramadan is spent fasting
from dawn to dusk everyday - it is a time to introspect, reflect and
reinforce the bond between the Almighty and the faithful.
Ramadan culminates in the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr - when the
period of restraint ends in an extravagant explosion of joie de vivre,
festivities and feasting. The devout gather together to offer Eid
prayers and greet each other in a rejuvenated spirit of camaraderie. Eid
is a day of thanksgiving, of peace, of remembrance, of charity and of
forgiveness, celebrated amidst great jubilation once the delicate silver
sliver of the crescent moon has been sighted. The festival of
Eid-ul-Fitr forges fraternal and communal love, self-discipline and
commitment to Allah.