International media often presents Muslim countries as one single story that generalizes the entire population, cultures, and customs. But the fact is that every country, region, tribe, and family have its own way and if we learn from each other and respect each other, we can live in harmony.
The best way to know more about the certain holiday and their rituals is to spend time with Gambians and their families, taste traditional food and learn about the charity activities among families, neighbours, and strangers.
Muslims all over the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.
Fasting between 29 days to 30 days from sunrise to sunset is obligatory for all adult Muslims who are not acutely or chronically ill, travelling, elderly, breastfeeding, diabetic, or menstruating.
The spiritual rewards of fasting are believed to be multiplied during Ramadan. Accordingly, Muslims refrain not only from food and drink but also tobacco products, sexual relations, and sinful behaviour, devoting themselves instead to salat (prayer) and recitation of the Quran.
TIP OF THE MONTH
Food prices are rising, and survival is hard for many families in The Gambia, especially in this epidemic period.
Visit a Gambian family and surprise them with a bag of rice, oil, sugar or clothes. You may also decide to contribute by buying a ram for the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan. They will appreciate your gift and will pray for you. Clothing is especially important for children.