Halal Consumer - Issue 29 - page 32

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, also known as the
month of fasting, is expected to start around June 28 this year, which means
that it is fast-approaching — no pun intended. Once it begins, Muslims all
over the world will abstain from food, drink, and marital relations from dawn
to dusk, as we are instructed to do so in the Quran:
“O you who have believed,
decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may
become righteous –”
Here in North America, Ramadan will take place this year during the peak of
high temperatures. In addition to summer heat, the fast will be lengthy as day-
light during this season spans over sixteen hours. With this in mind, fasting will
undoubtedly be a challenge this year, but the benefits that accompany long days
of fasting are plentiful.
By Nadirah D. Muhammad
Blessings In Disguise:
The Long Days of Ramadan
Summer 2014
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