Celebrating Ramadan

Muslim family having dinner on the floor.

March 10 marks the beginning of Ramadan, an Islamic holiday that commemorates Muhammad’s first revelation and is celebrated worldwide by Muslims. Considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam, the observance of Ramadan entails a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. This year, Ramadan ends April 9.  

Muhammad’s first revelation refers to an event in Islamic tradition that occurred in 610 AD, during which Muhammad was visited by an angel who revealed to him the beginnings of what would become the Qur’an.

Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this month, Muslims fast from dusk until dawn — believing that it helps them cleanse their souls, improve their discipline, and increase their empathy for those who are less fortunate.  

Prayer is also a key part of Ramadan – Muslims say extra prayers each night of the month. Other common Ramadan customs include performing more good deeds, especially those that help people in need, and reading the Qur'an.  

Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan) to all of our members and employees who observe Ramadan.