Ramadan starts tomorrow, and for the next month, Muslims around the world will be fasting, feasting, and celebrating. Ramadan is also a deeply reflective time as Muslims worldwide count their blessings and develop spiritually.
We have covered Ramadan from various perspectives over the years, and as Inside Islam heads towards a close, it’s a good time to recap some of what we’ve discussed. In fact, Inside Islam is historically linked to Ramadan, as our first very radio show was held during Ramadan, on September 19, 2008.
So here’s a rundown of our coverage of Ramadan over the years.
The basics: Some of our earliest posts about Ramadan cover basic information about the fast, the food, and the celebration at the end of the month, Eid ul-Fitr. We also discussed the strong link between Ramadan and the Qur’an, which is divided into 30 chapters (one for every day of the month).
The important events: Ramadan is an important month for multiple reasons, one of which is the number of significant events that occurred during this time. These include the Night of Power and the Battle of Badr. And although the Prophet Muhammad did not die during Ramadan, his last Ramadan was significant on various levels.
The spirituality: Although Ramadan comes with physical demands like fasting and abstaining, we have also attempted to go beyond the fast, looking at the spiritual import of the month.
The global: True to Inside Islam’s mission, we have looked at Ramadan in a global context, discussing how fasting and feasting occur across the world, observing Ramadan in India, and reflecting on President Obama’s annual Ramadan wishes to Muslims around the world. We also wrote about those who travel during Ramadan, like the filmmakers who visited 30 mosques in 30 days and the Muslim athletes traveling to participate in the Olympic Games in London this year. And since globalization is often accompanied by commercialization, we also addressed the commercialization of the month.
We hope you enjoy revisiting our coverage of Ramadan from over the last four years. Ramadan Kareem to all our readers!
What does the month of Ramadan mean to you? Are there aspects of Ramadan you think we’ve left out? What would you have liked to see us cover? Please leave your comments below.