Today is the first day of Ramadan! For those of us who grew up in Muslim households, the excitement in the next 30 days is incomparable. Though living in the United States means a different kind of challenge, it’s also an opportunity to practice tolerance, compassion, and understanding among our peers of all backgrounds. Joining me in sharing our experience are friends and fellow Muslims Farheen Dayala and Hannah Mansour. Ramadan Mubarak!
Suhūr: “of the dawn”, “pre-dawn meal”; an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, sawm, before dawn during or outside the Islamic month of Ramadan. The meal is eaten before fajr prayer.
Iftar: the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.
Zakat: charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Eid al-Fitr: “festival of breaking of the fast”), an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan.