Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan from March 22 through April 21, the month when the first verses of the holy book, Quran, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammed more than 1,400 years ago.

Fasting is an important part of Ramadan because Muslims believe it allows them to devote themselves to their faith and come closer to Allah, or God. Muslims who have reached puberty and who are physically capable fast from dawn until sunset and abstain from liquids, food, and negative thoughts and bad intentions. They break their fast after an evening prayer with iftār, a meal often celebrated with friends and family.

During Ramadan, it is customary for Muslims to pray extra nightly prayers and participate in other religious practices throughout the day and night, when possible. They will often wake up for or stay up until suhur, a pre-dawn meal.

We wish all Muslim COMHAR team members, members, and Friends of COMHAR a Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan)!