"Ramadan is a month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from the fire." ~Hadith of the Prophet
Ramadan is one of the holiest months in the Islamic Calendar. It's observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, as mandated in the Quran. Many important things happened in Ramadan, including the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. But Ramadan is more then just a month-long fast; it's a time to give thanks for the gift of the Quran through prayer and recitation, a time to focus on self-restraint and personal reflection, and a reminder to share your good fortune with others.
Here Patheos writers reflect on the significance of the holy month, providing resources for subduing our appetites in order to nourish our spirit.
Recent Perspectives on Ramadan
Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed
I knew that every Eid morning Mom would have a pot of sugary and squeaky roshghollas cooking for us so that we would have a bite of something sweet before heading out to morning Eid prayers.
Farouk A. Peru
This is very short chapter located almost at the end of Quran.
Congregational Eid prayers is the only religious thing we attempt as an entire family year after year. Some years success, other years not so much.
I believe that Ramadan is the battleground where the greater Jihad must be fought.
These photos represent a series of vignettes designed to highlight a variety of expressions during our holy month, showing that there is more than one way to achieve spiritual bliss.
So what does spiritual self-care look like? I implore you to figure it out with me this month and beyond.
Though my Ramadan often doesn't look identical to my sister-friends, I am grateful to Allah that I get to serve, love and guide someone that He has already favored in this world and in the next.
Come join me into tasting the sweetness of Ramadan. Click through this photo gallery, as I share with you a peek into my Ramadan life.
When one is abstaining from food, drink and sex during the daylight hours, other responsibilities don't suddenly cease to exist.
This Ramadan, be the Pakistani at an Ethiopian masjid. Be the Arab at an African-American masjid. Be the Turk at a Hispanic masjid. Get busy living Islam.
This Ramadan we are calling upon the Muslim community to reach out to Black Muslim political prisoners.
There is a great amount of shame and stigma around many topics related to sexual health, especially that of menstruation.
As I fast this year for the first time without him, I feel abandoned and alone, despite being surrounded by community.
There's no better time to practice that than Ramadan, a month where your most essential desire—the desire for nourishment—is put to the greatest test.
Imam Fakhruddin Owaisi
Ramadan is the season to clean up that mess and be ourselves! Our free selves!
I'm on my eighth Ramadan of fasting, and I want to hope I'm not the same man I was eight years ago.
In 1995, the war in Bosnia had reached its peak. My first Ramadan was spent under siege, I hid from the sniper campaign which occurred throughout Sarajevo.
While much of the Muslim blogosphere is abuzz with "get-ready-for-Ramadan" posts and advice articles, the obvious question we have for you is: are you Ramadan ready?
Non-Muslim Perspectives on Ramadan
Dharmarajika is serving food to Muslims this Ramadan, "in a rare example of social harmony."
Ramadan 2015 starts on June 18th and ends on July 17th, and, even though I'm Catholic, I plan to observe it this year, just as I did in 2014.
Ramadan Kareem means "Generous Ramadan" and points to the generosity of God. God's generosity encourages Muslims to be generous people.
I recognize not everyone reading this follows Jesus, but if you wish to join me and many others, post a photo on twitter and tag it #Christians4Ramadan.
I recognized that Ramadan was close when Popeye's introduced a special menu for Iftar, the sundown feast when Muslims break each day's fast.