This year, Ramadan falls in April. How does caring differ during Ramadan? For carers who are Muslim, Ramadan is an especially important time, celebrating with the person they care for, friends, family and the wider community.
Imams Online have put together a useful guide published by the NHS outlining some tips and advice on healthy fasting during this years Ramadan.
Rukhsar Shah, Gaddum’s Business Support Assistant, shares an overview of this key period in the Muslim calendar.
“Ramadan Mubarak means blessed Ramadan and is a saying Muslims (and others!) exchange to mark the beginning of this auspicious time.
Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims, where we fast from sunrise until sunset, abstaining from food and drink (including water) and making sure to focus solely on prayer and acts of generosity.
It also happens to be my favourite time of the year. It’s a time of spiritual reflection, where we understand our own behaviour and how we impact others. It also highlights how much we have to be grateful for.
It may sound serious, but it’s fun and puts a strong focus on family and community and charity. Breaking of the fast is always a nice moment, where the whole family is together and sharing the experience. The fast is traditionally broken with a date and after we pray, we can begin our meal.”