Muslims in the North East embrace the sacred month of Ramadan

Written by on 12th March 2024

Ramadan is known as a time of reflection, renewal, and community.

As the crescent moon graced the skies, Muslims around the world embarked on their spiritual journey with the commencement of Ramadan. Day one of this sacred month marks a period of deep reflection, renewal, and communal devotion for millions of believers worldwide.

For Muslims, Ramadan is more than just abstaining from food and drink from dawn till dusk; it is a time of heightened spirituality and self-discipline. Fasting during the daylight hours serves as a reminder of the less fortunate and fosters empathy and compassion towards those in need.

A student at Sunderland University, Meryem Khan, 47, said: “Coming together to pray and eat within the Muslim community brings me so much joy. I dedicate time for my spirituality more during Ramadan and give charity.”

This year, as the Muslim community gathers to observe Ramadan, the significance of unity and togetherness resonates even more profoundly. Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic, the spirit of Ramadan perseveres, binding families and communities together in prayer and solidarity.

Asiya Gul, 27, from Newcastle, said: “I love Ramadan it’s my favourite time of the year. I attend the evening prayers almost every night at my local mosques – it’s very enriching and draws me closer to my faith.”

The traditional nightly Taraweeh prayers, recitation of the Quran, and breaking of the fast (Iftar) take on added significance as believers seek solace and strength in their faith. Mosques, adorned with twinkling lights and bustling with worshippers, become hubs of spiritual rejuvenation and communal bonding.

Moreover, Ramadan transcends religious boundaries, serving as a time for interfaith dialogue and understanding. Communities come together to share meals and foster friendships, promoting tolerance and harmony in an increasingly diverse world.

Onur Salih, 23, from Newcastle, said: “To me, Ramadan embodies the feeling of prosperity, tranquillity and spiritual joy.”

As Muslims embark on this sacred journey, they are reminded of the values of gratitude, patience, and generosity. Ramadan is not only a time for personal reflection but also a call to action, inspiring individuals to give back to their communities and make a positive difference in the world.

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