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Ramadan Mubarak:
Awaiting the Return of the Crescent

"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

Live Beyond Ramadan by the Values of Love

Live Beyond Ramadan by the Values of Love

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.

Day 30 (Al-Fiil)

Day 30 (Al-Fiil)

Farouk A. Peru

This is very short chapter located almost at the end of Quran.

Eid Mubarak and the Blessings of Family

Eid Mubarak and the Blessings of Family

Dilshad Ali

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.

Ramadan Is the Month of Jihad

Ramadan Is the Month of Jihad

Muqtedar Khan

I believe that Ramadan is the battleground where the greater Jihad must be fought.

The Ramadan Paradigm Shift

The Ramadan Paradigm Shift

Jameel Syed

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.

Perfecting Ramadan and Spiritual Self-Care

Perfecting Ramadan and Spiritual Self-Care

Alia Azmat

So what does spiritual self-care look like? I implore you to figure it out with me this month and beyond.

The Size of a Mustard Seed

The Size of a Mustard Seed

Umm Juwayriyah

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.

My Beloved Ramadan, A Photo Gallery

My Beloved Ramadan, A Photo Gallery

Sadaf Syed

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.

Intimacy in Ramadan

Intimacy in Ramadan

Nadiah Mohajir

When one is abstaining from food, drink and sex during the daylight hours, other responsibilities don't suddenly cease to exist.

Know Other Tribes: Get Busy Living Islam

Know Other Tribes: Get Busy Living Islam

Fouad Pervez

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.

Introducing Ramadan

Our Own Private Ramadan

Our Own Private Ramadan

Michael Wolfe

It's a time to subdue the appetite, a time to hand on good fortune, to give thanks for the Quran, gather at mosques for extended prayers.

Ramadan FAQ

Ramadan FAQ

Patheos Editors

What is Ramadan all about? Your questions on the holy Islamic month of Ramadan are answered here.

More Resources

Ramadan Support for Black Muslim Political Prisoners

Ramadan Support for Black Muslim Political Prisoners

Hakeem Muhammad

This Ramadan we are calling upon the Muslim community to reach out to Black Muslim political prisoners.

Getting Into the Flow of Ramadan

Getting Into the Flow of Ramadan

Sameera Qureshi

There is a great amount of shame and stigma around many topics related to sexual health, especially that of menstruation.

Ramadan Without My Father

Ramadan Without My Father

Namira Islam

As I fast this year for the first time without him, I feel abandoned and alone, despite being surrounded by community.

Let Your Soul Breathe This Ramadan

Let Your Soul Breathe This Ramadan

Shibli Zaman

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.

Four Ways to Attain Maximum Ramadan Blessings

Four Ways to Attain Maximum Ramadan Blessings

Imam Fakhruddin Owaisi

Ramadan is the season to clean up that mess and be ourselves! Our free selves!

Once I was a Marine, Another Man Finding Islam, Finding Myself

Once I was a Marine, Another Man Finding Islam, Finding Myself

Ramon Meija

I'm on my eighth Ramadan of fasting, and I want to hope I'm not the same man I was eight years ago.

Ramadan in War

Ramadan in War

Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura

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.

Ramadan 2016: #30Days30Writers

Ramadan 2016: #30Days30Writers

Dilshad Ali

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?

Reflections on the Quran: An Ayah At a Time

Reflections on the Quran: An Ayah At a Time

Muqtedar Khan

This Ramadan I begin a new conversation about the Quran, one Ayah at a time.

Ramadan, the Khalifa and an Ahmadi Perspective

Ramadan, the Khalifa and an Ahmadi Perspective

Qasim Rashid

ISIS terrorists claim their leader Abu Bakr al-Bhagdadi is a caliph.

Non-Muslim Perspectives on Ramadan

Buddhist Monastery Serves Meals to Fasting Muslims

Buddhist Monastery Serves Meals to Fasting Muslims

Justin Whitaker

Dharmarajika is serving food to Muslims this Ramadan, "in a rare example of social harmony."

My Second Christian Ramadan

My Second Christian Ramadan

Joe McHugh

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.

Happy Ramadan! God’s Care through Islam

Happy Ramadan! God’s Care through Islam

Adam Ericksen

Ramadan Kareem means "Generous Ramadan" and points to the generosity of God. God's generosity encourages Muslims to be generous people.

Why I am Fasting During Ramadan

Why I am Fasting During Ramadan

Scot McKnight

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.

Ramadan at a Turkish Mall

Ramadan at a Turkish Mall

Max Lindenman

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.