Starting June 7 Muslims in Jamaica will be amongst the 1.6 billion followers worldwide in celebrating Ramadan – the ninth and holiest month of Islam based on the lunar calendar.
Adherents of the faith will embark on 29 or 30 days of fasting between sunrise and sunset depending on the visual sighting of the crescent moon to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad, explained Umair Khan, who is the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Jamaica, headquartered here in Old Harbour.
“The month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims fasting and not eating foods and liquids from sunrise to sunset for one month. The fasting is a spiritual exercise in which Muslims strive harder in worship of God, seeking repentance, self-control, and giving charity,” said Khan.
“During the Iftar (breaking of the fast each evening at sunset), Muslims traditionally gather with family and friends and have a meal to break the fast together. Ramadan gives Muslims an opportunity to renew their resolutions to become better people morally, spiritually, and physically.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at Jamaica will be celebrating the month of Ramadan at The Mahdi Mosque in Old Harbour with daily classes of recitation of the Quran, prayers throughout the day, and workshops and lectures in spiritual and moral reformation.
Members of the public interested are free to participate during the month-long festival slated to end July 6. Daily fasting begins approximately 4:30 am and ends at about 6:45 pm.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. The community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.
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