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Ramadan 2022

05 April 2022

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Ramadan - 2022

Due to Ramadan’s reliance on the Luna calendar, Ramadan and Lent overlap this year (2022) this is something that hasn’t happened for nearly 30 years. It caught my attention because of this and caused me to further research these two special religious events. I noticed there are some striking similarities when compared between them. See what you make of them and feel free to share your comments below, I would value your thoughts and contributions.

I wanted to share my thoughts at this important time, now Mood Group are based just outside London in Kent, UK. We are naturally witnessing a mixture of religious customs. These two special religious occasions both last approximately 1 x month and are important periods of time to ‘reflect and abstain’. During Lent many Christians commit to fasting, along with giving up certain luxuries to imitate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice during his journey for 40 days into the desert. As you may know, Ramadan lasts for 30 days - where all mature, healthy Muslim adults fast from sunrise to sunset from food, drink, unkind thoughts and immoral behaviours. This is Ramadan and is paramount towards gaining a greater awareness and closeness to Allah, the one and only God in Islam. This can help towards a closer understanding of those who have less and being charitable, remembering to practice patience and a way to become more compassionate to those in need. For Christians, Lent is a period marked by repentance, prayer, self-control, self-restraint, simple living and fasting. Muslims might seem tired during this month and although they would prefer no special treatment, it may be kinder to check as they will probably appreciate being asked about a preference for meeting times/hours. So do remember to ask.

Lent ends with a great celebration called Easter, symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This public holiday is observed by Christians with family and friends and often spring Lamb is the meal of choice. Ramadan ends in the celebration of a public holiday called Eid al-Fitr or Feast of Breaking the fast. This religious holiday marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Social gatherings, festive feasts of Lamb, goat, cow and sometimes camel with gift giving marking both of these special religious occasions. They are probably one of the, if not the most important religious festival in each religion respectively.

These very different faiths will inevitably have very different parts and facets to them. However, there could be similarities drawn between the two. Some parallel processes, customs and events which take place during these tradition annual festivals.

I believe we should all learn to become more respectful of each other’s cultures, occasions, and values. Many people I have met around the world from various countries and religions – want to simply, provide for and care for their families and enjoy spending time with their friends. I read an inspiring quote whilst researching for this article, which I would like to share with you here “no matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.” Whether you are observing Lent or Ramadan this year yourself or living/working in a country or company who is - I wish you a safe and enriching experience for all this year.

Ramadan Kareem 2022. 

Emma Doo - Managing Partner - Mood Group

www.moodgroup.co.uk 

#ramadan2022

 

Comments

I'm interested
Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2022 08:11 by Ahmed Zaki
Very Interesting and wonderful.
wish you the very best
Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2022 20:24 by sheik K mohideen

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