Ramadan is a very special month
for many Muslims all around the world. The month of Ramadan entails an action
known as fasting. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. The five
pillars of Islam are in essential part of each Muslim’s faith. However, there
are many exceptions that Allah has made, and depending on your situation, you
can perform these actions in a different way or in a way that is more
comfortable for the situation that you are in. Ramadan is the month in which
Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through the
Angel Gabriel. This month is a very spiritual month for Muslims. During this
month, Muslims must focus on their relationship with Allah, how to better
themselves as Muslims, and how to become better people. Therefore, Muslims must
stay away from sinful acts such as drinking, smoking, and many more acts that
have been forbidden by Allah. This helps many Muslims create habits for
themselves for the months to come so that they can be the best people possible.
Ramadan usually takes place for about 29-30 days, and the ending of Ramadan is
marked by a crescent moon. Usually, the local mosque takes care of the moon
sighting and announces to the community what day Eid-ul-Fitr would be. Every
day during the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to
sunset. This time is determined based on where you live.
There are apps that have been created to provide these times, and the local mosque has these times set for the Muslims in the community. A commonly asked question for Muslims during this time is: You are not allowed to eat anything? Not even drink water? And the answer is YES! Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset. However, again, there are exceptions based on your situation. For example, if some children are too young but still would like to participate in this holy month, they usually do half-days or no food and some drinks. Or, if you are too old and physically cannot participate in the fasting, you are not required to. During Ramadan, many Muslims spend much of their time at the mosque praying and creating a closer relationship with Allah. Usually, these prayers and events last until midnight or even beyond that, and sometimes children make it a priority to go with their parents in order to get closer to Allah.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Ramadan and what it means to the Muslims in our community!
WG Senior 2021
Our third and fourth graders will take the New York State English Language Arts Assessment next Wednesday, April 21st, and the NYS Math Assessment on Tuesday, May 4th. The test is only one session this year and should take no more than one hour. The tests, administered on the computer, will be given to only in-person students (not remote). Like every other day, please make sure your child comes to school well rested, well fed, and on time. Our fourth graders will also take the multiple choice portion of the NYS Science Assessment on Monday, June 7th.
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