AURORA, IL – Starting this week, Muslims will participate in the holy month of Ramadan, where they will participate in charitable, praying and fasting acts from morning to evening.
In Islam, Muslims fast in the month of Ramadan, which is 29 to 30 days per year. The holy month is observed in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, also known as the lunar calendar, which is approximately 354-355 days in a calendar year.
Since Ramadan follows the lunar calendar and not the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan starts about 11 days earlier each year. This means that someone who is 33 years old has experienced Ramadan at any time of the year.
When fasting, among other things, eating, drinking and intimacy are avoided.
Ramadan is important in Islam because it is the month when Muslims believe that the Muslim holy book known as the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Only those who are healthy are allowed to participate in fasting.
Pregnant women, people with health concerns or illnesses, the elderly and pre-pubescent children are not required to fast.
Muslims follow the so-called five pillars of Islam, which include fasting, declaration of faith, prayers, charity and the pilgrimage of Hajj. In a normal world without COVID, many Muslims gathered after breaking their fast at dusk and praying side by side.
The Fox Valley Muslim Community Center, 1187 Timberlake Dr., is slated to open on the first night of Ramadan during Isha time. Hafiz Mohammad Ali will be running Taraweeh, according to the centre’s website.
This is the second time Muslims have attended Ramadan as part of the COVID-19 pandemic. Islamic leaders have stated that Muslims are allowed to get a COVID-19 vaccine on the days they fast.
“The vaccine does not break the fast because it is not food,” Orland Park Prayer Center Imam Kifah Mustapha told Patch. “We’re holding the second vaccine shot in our vaccine campaign on April 13th [mosque], this is the first day of Ramadan. “
Are you a Muslim attending Ramadan? Are you decorating your home? Do you have a special Ramadan tradition that you would like to share? Send your photos, traditions, and more to [email protected] for a recap of the Chicagoland Ramadan celebrations.
– Yasmeen Sheikah, Patch Staff, contributed to this article.