Ramathan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calender. In the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims endure a period of daily fasting in which they devote themselves to prayer, purification and charitable acts. This years’ Ramadan began on Friday, 26th May and will end on Saturday, 24th June.
Fasting, which is known as ‘sawm’ in Arabic, is one of the five key pillars of the Islamic faith. The others are prayer (salat), giving to charity (zakat), making the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and belief in the Muslim faith (shahadah).
Fasting is seen as a way to purify spiritually, detach from material pleasures and draw closer to God. It involves abstaining from all food, drink, smoking and sexual intercourse from sunrise to sunset.
Book List For The Holy Month Of Ramathan
This book is presented from an interfaith perspective as a means to motivate believers to action.
This is a compilation of 25 Inspirational Stories From Ordinary Life Experiences specifically suited for the month of Ramadan.
This book reflects on Night Prayer in Ramadan, as well as the benefits and rulings of ‘Itikaaf, along with their evidences. The Arabic text for all ayah and ahaadeeth has also been included.
This is a concise but comprehensive guide to Ramadan and fasting, covering the fiqh of fasting, as well as the spiritual aspect of Ramadan.
- Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
This is a lyrical story, with luminous illustrations that introduces Ramathan to children.
- Raihanna’s First Time Fasting by Qamaer Hassan
This is an interessting story about a young girl’s first experience fasting for the month of Ramadan.
- My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
This story follows a boy as he observes the holy month of Ramathan with his family.
- The Last Night of Ramadan by Maissa Hamed
This book focuses on the Holy Month of Ramadan and the traditions associated with it. The story of the Last Night of Ramadan entertains as it unveils the significance of Ramadan and Eid El Fitr and the traditions associated with them.
- Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan
This book centers around Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl and how she celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan.