Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic Calendar, marks the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
Ramadan, which lasts 29 or 30 days, is a time for spiritual reflection, increased awareness, giving to the global poor, sick and hungry and bridging the differences between people with a shared commitment to faith.
During Ramadan, which began this year on April 12 and will end on May 12, Muslims around the world fast each day from sunrise to sunset. Iftar, the daily breaking of the fast, is often celebrated with family and community and is followed by the Tarawih evening prayer.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently recognized Ramadan and the acts of kindness and selflessness shown by the County’s Muslim community, which bring hope to all.
The proclamation recognized Prince William County’s large and thriving Muslim community, which contributes to the County’s strength of diversity.
The Eid al-Fitr festival, the traditional end of Ramadan, is a joyous occasion with people sharing gifts, sweets and good tidings with family, friends and neighbors.