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Ramadan at a Glance

Photo by: Michael Lin
mosques are where both Muslims and Jewish people go to pray, especially during ramadan. People who participate in ramadan are expected to pray five times a day.

“Ramadan Kareem” is a common Arabic expression translated to “generous Ramadan” for wishing Muslims a positive period of fasting, prayer, and spiritual growth during Ramadan.

In a “Guide to Religious Observances” for Ramadan published by Brandeis University, Muslims fast for a 29 to 30-day period during what is considered a pivotal month of the calendar year for those who follow Islam.

This month is especially significant as “It is the month in which it is believed that the Holy Qur’an was sent down from heaven,” according to the guide.

The objective for participants is to grow closer to God, give to charity, and practice fasting to experience the absence of necessities such as food and water.

The duration and schedule Muslims follow are based on geographical location, culture, and preference in following moon cycles.

According to an article published by Al Jazeera, Muslims living in California will be fasting for roughly 12 hours and 58 minutes on the first day of Ramadan, starting at sunrise on March 11 and concluding at sunset on April 9.

Al Jazeera provides time references for fasting schedules, including the time of suhoor, which is the pre-dawn meal, and iftar, which is the meal eaten to break fast at sunset, globally.

Marking the end of the fasting period, many will celebrate their accomplishment by participating in Eid al-Fitr. Celebrating can include gift-giving, and breaking the fast with family and friends.

But Ramadan is more than fasting. Participants are encouraged to increase prayers and focus on being highly intentional about the five staple prayers.

It’s often celebrated with family, although Muslims can pray and have their meals alone, if applicable.

Common examples of being exempt from fasting include those who are pregnant, ill, or menstruating, and prepubescent children.

For those who are interested in learning more about Ramadan or Muslim culture, Fresno City College political science professor Nick Hernandez recommends resources like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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Kaia James, pronounced (Ki-yuh) is 22 years old and recently joined the Journalism program. She is a Fresno native, but attended CSU Channel Islands as a business major in 2021-2022 on a whim, as she does for most decisions. While studying in the small college town, gave her ample amount of life experience, Kaia looks forward to completing her ADT in Journalism in 2024 and transferring to Fresno State. Writing at the Rampage for the first time has been a departure from her past experience as editor and chief, at her high school as she says, she did not get to develop her own writing at that time. She has always had a passion for expressing herself through journaling, the exploration of being behind the camera, and just finding ways to be creative. In her free time, Kaia loves to cook new recipes, spend time with her 3 siblings, and play around with makeup. A fun fact about Kaia is that she was named after a Bob Marley song called "Kaya. Kaia looks forward to developing her writing as a reporter at the Rampage, and interviewing members of the amazing FCC community!

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