Yes, it’s Ramadan and it’s that important and sacred time of the year for Muslims all around the world.

This year, the Holy month of Ramadan starts on the 23rd of April 2020 and when it starts will depend entirely on the lunar cycle on which the Islamic calendar is based on and as such the month of Ramadan can rotate by approximately 10 days each year.

Ramadan which lasts for 30 days, occurs on the 9th month of the calendar and it is during this festival that Muslims will practice Sawm where there’s no eating or drinking including water between dawn and sunset (apart from Suhoor and Iftar) and that’s because fasting (one of the Five Pillars of Islam which dictates how Muslims should live their lives) helps Muslims to understand the suffering of the poor and those without food. Fasting also enables the practice of self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. Fasting also helps you with the spiritual connection with Allah (God).

There are other factors that make Ramadan such a special period for all Muslims taking part because it enables everyone to spend more time with friends and family but more crucially to devote themselves to spiritual reflection, faith, prayer, carrying out acts of charity, and making the pilgrimage to Mecca – the other 4 pillars of Islam.

Dedication to all of these selfless acts allows all Muslims to get closer to their faith and more critically to Allah. And it’s precisely this last reason why Ramadan is so revered because it was during this month when the Holy book of the Qur’an was first revealed by the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) after the verses of the Qur’an was delivered by the angel Gabriel from Allah in the language of Arabic.

The Holy Qur’an meaning ‘the recitation’ is the word of Allah consisting of verses organised into a book of 114 chapters and it is these teachings that form the basis of Islam that guides all Muslims.

To understand the Qur’an is to understand Islam and through the language of Arabic, you will then be able to understand the true words, meanings, and appreciation of Allah’s teachings including those of the Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) that cannot be achieved from translation.

If you want to learn or improve your Arabic so that you too can read and understand the Qur’an then start your journey with Path to Arabic today.