Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, based on the cycles of the moon. When a religious leader sees the first sliver of a crescent moon, the beginning of Ramadan is proclaimed. Individuals reflect on their spiritual growth, make sacrifices, and feel a sense of unity in knowing that Muslims around the world are respecting the Five Pillars of Islam: Shahada, having faith in the Islam religion, Salat, praying five times per day facing the direction of Mecca, Zakat, giving support to the needy, Sawm, fasting from sunup to sundown during Ramadan, and Hajj: making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during one’s lifetime. At the end of Ramadan, a three-day spiritual celebration known as Eid al-Fitr occurs. During this time, Muslims rejoice in the completion of the fast with family members and friends gathering to pray and feast. Donations are made to the poor and disadvantaged. Muslims attend prayers in the morning, and then visit family, friends, and neighbors, giving small gifts. If you observe Ramadan, consider these books as a part of your time together. All readers will enjoy learning more about Ramadan and the friends and neighbors who honor the holiday.
Gift of Ramadan
Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. She tries to keep busy throughout the day so she won’t think about food. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now?
My Grandma and Me
This gentle story of Mina and her grandmother takes the reader through their celebration of Ramadan at a mosque in Iran. It’s a celebration of an intergenerational family and their loving bonds. Earlier, we recommended this book in Reading Ahead.