Ramadan is celebrated around the world, wherever Muslims are living. Today we will talk about some of the traditions cherished and followed by Muslims around the world.
Moon sighting for Ramadan has always been an occasion of joy. Though it has become hard to see the new moon in the urban areas, rural areas still enjoy this tradition. As soon as the moon is sighted and the beginning of Ramadan is announced, people congratulate each day, a spiritual happiness and feeling engulfs the earth, and people look forward to maintain their vows to abstain from the vices of human nature for the holy month. People start getting ready for Taraweeh, a special prayer performed in the month of Ramadan by most of the Muslims with the Isha Prayer.
A Ramadan day starts with Sehri. There is a tradition of drummers making rounds before sehri around the city with the intention of waking people in time for the early meal of the day. This tradition is followed in many Arab countries as well as in Pakistan. Most Muslim countries reduce work timings in Ramadan to facilitate the employees.
Muslims around the world try to read complete Holy Quran in this month. The spirituality is very high during this month, encouraging people to do good deeds. All over the world, many affluent people arrange Iftar for people who are not able to get good food or are not able to reach their destinations in time. Same can be seen done by traders and philanthropists in Pakistan as well.
During the month parents encourage their children to read some part of Holy Quran, to perform their prayers on time, do charitable acts and to avoid indulging in any activities that might coincide with the spirit of Ramadan.
Come iftar time and there is different kind of activity around the house. Traditional food items are prepared all over the world. Muslims prefer to break their fast with dates and a sip of water, and then eat the traditional foods they have made. Pakistanis prepare fruit chaat, chana chaat, pakoras, samosas etc for iftar. Other countries have their own cultural recipes for Iftar time. People sometimes arrange get-togethers at Iftar time to celebrate the festivities.
After Iftar , with Isha prayer, it’s time for Taraweeh again. Taraweeh, as a source of spiritual gain, is also a means to be able to listen to the whole Quran in one month. In Pakistan, the Holy Quran is completed by the 27th taraweeh after which sweets are distributed among the attendees and special duas are made. In other parts of the world, the Holy Quran in Taraweeh may also be completed on the 29th Taraweeh, special duas are made this day.
Ramadan ends with the sighting of the Shawwal moon, which marks Eid-ul-Fitr.
We at SUFI have been bringing Ramazan special posts for you since the past two weeks. There also is a recipe for chicken paratha this week, which you can make for sehri this Ramadan.