Editorial: Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is about to dawn in the entire Muslim world. Ramadan (also Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan, Ramdan, Ramadaan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn until sunset. Pertinently, Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam.

As a matter of fact, Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility and spirituality and is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God and to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils and vices , and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. As compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards about ten days each year depending on the moon. Pertinently, Ramadan was the month in which the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is common to have one meal (known as the suhoor), just before sunrise and another (known as the iftar), directly after sunset.

Because Ramadan is a time to spend with friends and family, the fast will often be broken by different Muslim families coming together to share in an evening meal.

In the pain and turmoil hit Valley of Kashmir the masses are highly hopeful that the holy Ramadan month will mark the return back the peace and prosperity to Kashmir. Being in the centre of one of world’s bloodiest and deadliest conflict for nearly two decades, Kashmiris would be in one voice praying for respite from the bloodletting and peace to return.

In our part of world, it is not just health, wealth and luxury for which the Muslims in Kashmir would pray a lot during Ramadan, dignified peace is also at the top of their prayers.