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Lessons from the school of Ramadan

Young Talk

Tala Basheer Omar
Tala Basheer Omar (Photo: Jordan News)
Ramadan is my favorite time of the year. Joy starts when we see the crescent moon which means the fasting is starting.

In Ramadan you cannot eat or drink until sunset, or the time of the sunset, or Maghreb, prayer. Before the dawn prayer, or Fajr, next day, you can eat and drink. When you hear the Fajr azan, your fasting has started. Fasting is very important to all Muslims as it brings us closer to Allah and to each other and fellow humans.اضافة اعلان

Ramadan is my favorite time of the year because I get to spend time with my family at the iftar meal and in the evenings. You get to design your home. You can make all types of themes! You can decorate your house from inside and outside! You can decorate with moons, stars, Ramadan flyers, and lots more. Decorations for Ramadan can be magical!

We learn by fasting in Ramadan how other people feel, the people who are in need; the people who can’t afford food or clean water. That’s the purpose of Ramadan.

In the days before COVID-19, in Ramadan people used to give away food for charity. And they would give it to the needy. People help those in need the most in Ramadan. But now the coronavirus is here, and we got banned from doing most of the things we usually did before. Like, the taraweeh prayers. We now have to pray the taraweeh prayer at home, to prevent the virus from spreading. And along with that, we can’t visit now. But after the virus is gone, Ramadan will be back to normal again.

The taraweeh prayer gives us so much peace. People don’t usually meet. And praying makes our perspective stronger and builds peace in our community. After the holy month of Ramadan ends, Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated. In Eid Al-Fitr it’s the perfect time to spend time with family. Everyone dressed and all the children are happy to be celebrating Eid. On Eid, visits are everywhere. You visit your relatives and friends. You celebrate the end of fasting.

Ramadan teaches us to practice self-discipline, self-control, and sacrifice. That is the best lesson we learn in the fasting school.

All I wish now is that that next year’s Ramadan will be more cheerful and free of the pandemic.


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