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Ramadan is a time of peace and plenty. It’s when many people, including some students at our school, come together and fast to feel the pain of those who don’t have much. Ramadan is a  big deal for Muslims, and it’s important to understand the holiday.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast. Fasting is when someone doesn’t eat, drink, swear, or participate in anything violent. During fasting, people can’t lie or commit any illegal activities. Some might say it’s crazy or impossible, but for Muslims, it’s a time to detox themselves as quoted by Abdirahman, a 7th grader.

Students were asked what their opinions on Ramadan are and why they participate in the holiday even though they don’t have to. The age requirement is 15, or when you hit puberty. 6th grader Abdullahi said, “It’s a time to feel how others who don’t have much food feel.” When asked their favorite part, many said they like to have the knowledge of the feelings of those around them who don’t have very much. They also said that it’s a time to help those in need.

Many misunderstandings have sparked around Ramadan. Many questions are asked of those who participate in Ramadan, such as, “Can you fast whenever you want?” “Can you choose to fast for 5 hours one day and 3 hours the next?” The answer to all of those questions is no. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. But Ramadan times differ. Not by 5 hours, but by a minute- sunrise gets one minute earlier and sunset gets one minute later each day. In many Muslims’ opinions, the last ten days are the hardest, because those are the longest days of Ramadan. Even after all that hard work, Muslims don’t complain, because they know the true meaning of Ramadan, the month of peace and plenty.

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