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Food Coloring in California
Food Coloring in California
Vibhuti Puthiyaveetil, Newspaper Editor-In-Chief • April 19, 2024

     Color is one of the most fascinating spectrums of life. The bright, vivid shades bring out the most profound emotions and create different...

Soccer Star Dani Alves: Guilty of Sexual Assault
Soccer Star Dani Alves: Guilty of Sexual Assault
Kashvi Gupta, Yearbook Director • April 19, 2024

*Could be triggering for some readers. Read at your own discretion*      On December 31, 2022, famous Barcelona soccer player Dani Alves...

TikTok Star Says Racial Slur - Controversy Begins
TikTok Star Says Racial Slur - Controversy Begins
Shamya Nag and Elizabeth Haile April 19, 2024

     Racism is a deeply rooted American problem that each generation has had to contend with. It is complex, as it manifests in harsh words...

The Oscars 2024
The Oscars 2024
Rhea Kachroo and Gia Malaca April 19, 2024

     On March 10, hundreds of movie lovers from all over the world got together to watch the Oscars: the biggest stamp of achievement for...

The Day of Silence
The Day of Silence
April 12, 2024

Ramadan – The Holiest Month in Islam

Ramadan - The Holiest Month in Islam

     Ramadan, the ninth and most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, is a time of deep spiritual reflection and self-discipline. Lasting 29-30 days, it commemorates the month in which the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. One of the most intriguing features of Ramadan is fasting, also known as sawm. From dawn until sunset, Muslims don’t eat or drink. This self-restraint reminds followers of the importance of spiritual nourishment and empathy for the less fortunate.

     Beyond abstaining from food and water, Ramadan encourages believers to engage in worship, charity, and self-improvement. Muslims devote extra time to praying, reciting the Quran, and seeking forgiveness for past sins. Additionally, the practice of giving, known as Zakat, takes on special significance during this month. Muslims are encouraged to donate a portion of their wealth to those in need, fostering a sense of compassion and generosity within the community and inspiring others to do the same. 

     Ramadan is a time for personal reflection and a period of community bonding. The nightly Iftar meals, where fasting is broken with friends and family, are not just meals but occasions for joyous gatherings and communal prayers. Mosques host Taraweeh prayers, where special evening prayers during which long portions of the Quran are recited. These gatherings provide opportunities for spiritual enrichment and communal bonding, fostering a sense of unity and making everyone feel a part of something bigger.

     Ramadan concludes with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast. Communal prayers, feasting, and exchanging gifts mark this joyous occasion. This is a time for gratitude for the spiritual growth and blessing experienced throughout the month, a time to celebrate and share joy with loved ones. 

    In essence, Ramadan is more than just fasting. It is a spiritual journey encompassing devotion, charity, community, and personal growth. As Muslims worldwide embark on this sacred journey, they are reminded of the profound significance of faith, perseverance, and unity and inspired to strive for personal growth and spiritual enlightenment. 

 

Sources: 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/ramadan 

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ramadan

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/how-muslims-mark-ramadan-and-what-makes-it-a-holy-month

https://apnews.com/article/ramadan-muslims-fasting-prayer-photos-83ead097a3b0921f387bb70ad2b6b3fc

https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-56695447

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