Ramadan at Birk House

Residents of Birk House have been preparing for the upcoming observance of Ramadan.

Ramadan holds great significance in the Islamic faith as it is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is believed that during this sacred month, the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims are encouraged to engage in acts of fasting and charity during this period, as well as to demonstrate kindness, patience, and strengthen their connection with God.

Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which serve as the foundation for how Muslims are expected to lead their lives. The other pillars include the profession of faith, performing five daily prayers, giving zakat (a form of charity), and making the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca at least once in a lifetime.

Fasting during Ramadan serves as a means for spiritual reflection. Muslims begin their day with an early morning meal called suhoor or sehri before dawn. Throughout the day, they abstain from consuming food and drink, including water, until sunset. The fast is then broken with an evening meal known as iftar or fitoor.

The Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle, with each month beginning upon the sighting of the new crescent moon and lasting either 29 or 30 days. This year, Ramadan is expected to span 30 days, commencing on Monday, March 11, and concluding on Tuesday, April 9.

Ruth Kelly, a Support Worker at Birk House, expressed her appreciation for the opportunity for the young residents to engage with staff in an activity that holds significance to their culture and personal beliefs.