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What I Learned From My Cambly Students About Ramadan, Eid, and 3 Dates!

By: Lynn

One of the first (and only) things I learned to say in Arabic was “Eid Mubarak!” or “Blessed Eid!” Before starting on Cambly, I knew nothing of this holy time of year celebrated by millions of Muslims across the world, starting with the month of Ramadan and ending with Eid al-Fitr. Thousands of students and almost as many questions later, I’ve gotten a glimpse into what it means to celebrate the month of Ramadan and the joy of Eid.

“I’m so grateful for all the students I’ve met over the years who have helped me learn not only about the history of this holy time of year, but also for including me…I learned that everyday is an opportunity to do something good!”

Wait, Not Even Water? 

Ramadan is observed by millions of Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, and personal reflection. The month of Ramadan celebrates the first revelation of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, to Prophet Muhammed. The observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars, or major practices, of Islam. Ramadan lasts twenty-nine to thirty days in the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, so the actual start date of Ramadan varies from year to year. Muslims not only avoid food and drink (even water!) during this time, but also smoking and “sinful “behavior, including any negative thoughts or speech like complaining or gossiping. This is the time to devote to prayer and to the study of the Quran.

My student’s special prayer rug, used only during Ramadan, and her Quran.

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