Ramadan, one of the most important observances in Islam, has begun across the world. Muslims around the world are now in a month-long period of fasting, prayer, and reflection.
In Jerusalem’s Old City, thousands of Muslims gathered to celebrate the first day of Ramadan. This year, however, the observance coincides with both the Jewish Passover and Catholic Holy Week, leading to some concerns about potential clashes.
The occupied West Bank in particular has seen an uptick in violence recently, leading authorities to be on high alert during the holiday season.
Despite these concerns, Muslims all around the world are embracing the spiritual significance of Ramadan. This time of fasting and prayer is seen as an opportunity for self-reflection and growth, as well as a chance to strengthen one’s relationship with God.
During Ramadan, Muslims avoid eating, drinking, smoking, and other similar activities from dawn until dusk. This is seen as a way to purify oneself and focus on one’s spiritual life.
In addition to fasting, Ramadan also includes daily prayer and charity work. Many Muslims choose to give to the less fortunate during this time, in order to spread kindness and generosity to others.
Overall, Ramadan is a time of great significance and meaning for Muslims worldwide. Despite the potential for violence and conflict, this observance offers an opportunity for reflection, growth, and unity among followers of Islam.