The most sacred time for Muslims everywhere A month of fasting, charity, prayer Reflection, devotion, spirituality The month in which the Qur’an was revealed To Prophet Muhammed, upon him be peace The best of all humankind One of the five pillars of Muslim worship The ninth month in the Islamic year The first in order of importance From the break of dawn to the setting of the sun A challenge to all that are able To abstain in dedication to the One Refraining from food, drink, and more Rising above earthly desires To reach a place closer to Him Learning self-restraint and empathy Strengthening family and community All for the prize of His mercy May He grant this to us all. Ameen.
The story behind the poem
In my post at the start of the month (Ramadan, Reading, and the Pen), I wrote about how I do a spot of freelancing every year for a local Ramadan guide. The primary audience for the booklet is the Muslim community, but as it is distributed free via a whole host of outlets in a very diverse city, I write some of the information pages in the guide with an eye on readers from other faith backgrounds who might not be as familiar as the primary audience is with what the holy month involves. When we swapped out the usual Ramadan information pages for poems in the 10th anniversary edition of the guide, I was keen not to lose the explanatory element for this wider readership, so I retained it by using verse instead.