Ramadan

The Festival of Fasting (By Grace Leuchtenberger)

An Islamic Pillar

Muslims are required by Islamic law to observe this holiday. During Ramadan, one must fast throughout the day to prove their devotion to Allah and purify themselves. This holiday is closely related to food.

Basic Islamic Dietary Laws: Halal

The Qu'ran explicitly forbids Muslims from eating carrion, blood, pork, and consuming alcohol.

Some Background

The Month of Ramadan is a mandatory fasting period for all Muslims. They must abstain from food, drink, (and other non-food related things) from dawn till dusk in order to commemorate the prophet Muhammad and his revelations. These revelations are known as the Qu'ran, or the Islam holy book.

Ramadan Food Symbolism

Although the foods of Ramadan do not have literal symbolic meaning and do not represent specific objects, the foods of Ramadan tend to be rich and heavy in order to fill bellies more sufficiently at the end of a long day of fasting.

Because Islam is prevalent across Asia and the Middle East, each country has its own food customs for Ramadan. Different foods are eaten in different countries. But one thing unites all the people who celebrate Ramadan: faith in Islam.

Bibliography

Works Cited

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