Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair! May every year find you in good health!
Islamic tradition states that on the night of 27 Ramadan—the “Night of Power” (Laylat al-Qadr)—Allah revealed to the Prophet Muhammad the Qurʾān, Islam’s holy book, “as a guidance for the people.” For Muslims Ramadan is a period of introspection, communal prayer (ṣalāt) in the mosque, and reading of the Qurʾān. Allah forgives the past sins of those who observe the holy month with fasting, prayer, and faithful intention.
Ramadan, however, is less a period of atonement than it is a time for Muslims to practice self-restraint, in keeping with ṣawm (Arabic: “to refrain”), one of the Pillars of Islam (the five basic institutions of the Muslim religion). Although ṣawm is most commonly understood as the obligation to fast during Ramadan, it is more broadly interpreted as the obligation to refrain between dawn and dusk from food, drink, sexual activity, and all forms of immoral behavior, including impure or unkind thoughts. Thus, false words or bad deeds or intentions are as destructive of a fast as is eating or drinking.
– Encyclopedia Britannica
Ramadaan is the month of heightened Allah-consciousness, of attaining unto taqwa / God-consciousness; of training ourselves to be the best we can be; a month to initiate improvement of reputation, character and for cultivating good habits.
Ramadaan is also the month of the initiation of the Final Divine Revelation, al-Qur’aan. In order to truly benefit from the Qur’aan we have to be able to relate to the Qur’aan in a practical way, every day of our lives…
May we elevate ourselves in this Ramadaan, from being a reciter of the Qur’an to being an embodiment of the values of the Qur’an.
~Shaykh Sadullah Khan, IslamiCity.com
Fanstatic Ramadan photos, lots of them at…
The Atlantic – Photos of Ramadan 2013
USA Today – Media Gallery Photos of Ramadan
Note: I find beauty and strength in many faiths. I am not a Muslim and have little knowledge of Islam. I hope that I have not offended anyone. If I have offended please tell me so in a comment, so that I may personally offer an apology.