Ramadan in Iran and its significance and role in Muslim Unity

2023-04-09 21:20:06
Ramadan in Iran and its significance and role in Muslim Unity

In the holy month of Ramadan, the month of Muslim fasting, spirituality fills the air, people are automatically drawn to the iftar meal after sunset when it is time to break their fast.

You don’t have to be a practicing Muslim to join and witness the joy during iftar comes after a whole day of abstinence from food or drink, which goes on for whole month.

Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, the holy month coincided with March 23.

Ramadan is a month of revelation, birth and death; cause for celebration and mourning in reverence.

On this month, the Holy Quran was revealed; Hassan, the second Shia Imam (leader) a descendent of the Holy Prophet was born; Ali the first Shia Imam was assassinated; a conclusive battle at Badr was won; and Muslims must fast; except in travel or if sick or pregnant.

Now what sets apart an officially Shia Iran from the rest of the Muslim world at large, is that the first Shia Imam Ali is officially mourned, on his day of demise or martyrdom, the 21st of Ramadan.

But the similarity in Sunni and Shia versions of fasting and festivity is far greater than differences and the deeper meaning of every rite and ritual is common to all.

The basic idea of fasting is self-control, empathy for the poor, forgiveness, and appreciation of God’s bounty. Self-control is believed to benefit the individual by elevating his or her spiritual nature or energy.

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