Sallam and welcome to the vibrant and festive month of Ramadan, a time of reflection, connection, and growth for Muslims around the world as the sickle shaped moon appears in the sky, signaling the start of this sacred month. This is a Holy month when the Qur'an was revealed. Allah speaks about this month in the Quran, where He states:

“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.”

What is more special about this month is the joy of praying together with brothers and sisters. As the melodious call to prayer echoes through the air, the sound of laughter and conversation fills the air, with friends and family reuniting to share in the joy of Ramadan through collective prayers and recitation of the Holy Qur'an.  

Ramadan is not just a time for personal reflection and spiritual growth, but also a time to come together as a community. From charities to volunteering, the spirit of giving is alive and well during this month. Whether it's sharing the delicious array of foods and drinks during iftar and suhoor , donating to those in need, or simply offering a kind word or gesture, the sense of unity and compassion that spreads through Ramadan is truly inspiring.

Aside prayer, charity and recitation of the Qur'an, Ramadan is equally a period where economic activities experience a rise, with bustling markets as communities and families buy foodstuff either for their homes or for charity. Before Iftar, the streets,especially around the Mosque are usually bustling with vendors selling a variety of pastries both fried and baked as well as compliments like pap and cold beverages. The feast of Ramadan is a sight to behold.

As we begin the month of Ramadan, may we practice the virtues of a true muslim, refrain from doing bad, seek for forgiveness from Allah, pray fervently, recite the Qur'an and spread love to our brothers and sisters.

Ramadan Mubarak!!!


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