Ahmadi Muslims, like many others, observe a one month period of consecutive fasts during the spiritual time Ramadhan.
Fasting in Islam begins everywhere at the first appearance of dawn and ends with sunset. During this time muslims are expected to abstain from all food and drink COMPLETELY.
Additionally, they have to hold off from:
-and any other occupation that is below the dignity of a believer, more so than during the rest of the year.
Muslims wake up hours before dawn in order to perform individual prayers and and observe the remembrance of God. Their holy book, the Holy Qur’an, is recited in every household and many attempt to complete it in its entirety at least once within the month timeframe.
In Islam, the caring of those who are poor and in need is a fundemental aspect of a Muslim’s faith, and during Ramadan Muslims are expected to redouble these efforts, especially if they are unable to keep fasts, they are instructed to instead make donations for mssed fasts and care for the needy.
Fasts are broken after sunset, during iftar, with a snack and some water. A congregational or evening prayer will also take place. Ahmadiyya Muslims will often invite guests and outsiders to join in their iftari, in order to promote conversation and educate them on the traditions over a shared meal. Some such events are held in the Mosque with potluck or catering. Non-Ahmadi and non-Muslims guests are welcome, and may also participate in the fasting itself if they choose to.
Fasting is obligatory for every individual as they reach adulthood, however they’re are some for whom it is recommended they ABSTAIN from fasting, including:
- Those who are sick
- Those travelling
- The elderly