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Ramadan Mubarak

🕌 Ramadan Mubarak from all of us at IVAS - Centre for International Visiting Artists and Scholars!

Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, sees the revelation of Quranic verses to Gabriel. Fasting from dawn to sunset is mandatory for adult Muslims, forming a pillar of faith and fostering empathy. Suhoor and iftar structure the daily routines, while lanterns symbolise spiritual enlightenment. Ramadan is celebrated differently worldwide, yet it strengthens community bonds through iftar gatherings and Taraweeh prayers. It's a time for self-reflection, seeking forgiveness, and personal growth, aiming to deepen the relationship with Allah. Through charity, devotion, and introspection, believers strive to improve character and habits, infusing the month with profound spiritual significance.

We have some first-hand insights into the celebrations as 🌟 Yasmine from team IVAS shares that:

“The vibes of Ramadan are truly amazing. The city comes to life colourfully and vibrantly, with streets lit up in beautiful lights. The markets are always overflowing with people buying special food and treats (baklava) for their evening meals. The excitement of waiting at the bakery for fresh Ramadan special bread as the sun sets is truly wonderful! 🌆

🌟 Dr. Agung Nugroho from IVAS Advisory Board shares that:

“In Indonesia, during Ramadhan, for almost 24 hours, our masjids (places for prayers) turn on their microphone which can be heard across the neighbourhood. They turn on live and record surah from the Holy Quran. Apart from that, we practice a visit to our family members who have passed away (in the cemetery) and pray for them. It is done not only individually but also with the entire family members. The activities may look like a big picnic in cementaries but they do proper prayers there.”

Kate shared some interesting stats in Bahrain that Ramadan also means more shopping and Olga reflects that ‘it is important to get to know them at their roots so that they are not distorted.’

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