Celebrating the month of Ramadan
This year Ramadan begins around the 29th June 2014, and ends around the 28th July 2014. As the Muslim calendar is lunar, regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays. Eid ul-Fitr, a 3-day festival marking the end of Ramadan, will then be celebrated at the end of July.
Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting, whereby many Muslims (except children, the sick and the elderly) abstain from food, drink and certain other activities during daylight hours. Ramadan is considered to be the holiest season in the Islamic year and commemorates the time when the Qu’ran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
Fasting enables Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice and sympathy for those who are less fortunate. As such, they obtain a raised level of closeness to God by directing the heart away from worldly activities and cleansing the inner soul.
For colleagues who work with individuals who are Muslim, more information can be found in our Ramadan Guidance.
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