The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is upon us.
Many of our Work & Travel participants observe this holiday. We ask our participants to become culturally immersed while in the United States, but learning about Ramadan can be a great way for employers to learn about their students’ customs.
For all those who are unaware of Ramadan:
Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 or 30 days according to the visual sightings of the crescent moon. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root “ramida” or “ar-ramad,” which means scorching heat or dryness. It is the Muslim month of fasting, in which Muslims refrain from dawn until sunset from eating, drinking, or anything that is considered (according Islam) sinful behavior. In the Islamic religion, the sawab (rewards) of fasting are many, but in this month, they are believed to be multiplied. Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance and to cleanse their body and soul from impurities and re-focus themselves on the worship of their God.
Ramadan Kareem to all participants in the United States and abroad who celebrate this holiday!