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Ramadan: Bringing Families Together

Thu 25 Jul, 2013 // Firstnumber Team

As we are now in the midst of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year during which strict daytime fasting is observed in daylight hours, Muslims across the world will be spending quality time with their family and friends – a time of coming together to partake in spiritual reflection and increased worship. And for those with families in faraway lands, it is a time to connect with their loved ones through the power of modern technology.

According to the BBC, Ramadan is intended to help teach Muslims “self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity” - a time to focus on the soul rather than the body and give thanks for a meal at the end of the day whilst empathising with those that are less fortunate and cannot afford the luxury of food. Muslims have one meal just before sunrise, the suhoor, and another, known as the iftar, directly after sunset. Both of these meals are usually enjoyed surrounded by family and friends.

Eid ul Fitr, “The Breaking of the Fast”, is a celebration at the end of Ramadan which sees families and friends come together to pray at the mosque before enjoying a feast after their month of fasting. This is a time when Muslims do not only celebrate the end of fasting, but also thank Allah for giving them strength during the fasting month and for helping them to assert self-control. During Eid, Muslims also traditionally give money to charity to help those who are less fortunate than them so that they, too, can celebrate. This practice is known as Zakah al-Fitr.

Ramadan is an experience to be shared with family and friends. At firstnumber, we offer cheap phone calls to Muslim countries across the globe. Staying in touch with your family during Ramadan has never been easier.

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