The month of Ramadan is considered a blessed period in the
Islamic world. This month provides an opportunity for Muslims to fast, increase
their prayers, and deepen their spiritual connection. In Turkey, it is
celebrated with great enthusiasm and a spirit of sharing.
Fasting: Purification of Body and Soul
Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims. Abstaining from
eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset is not only a physical
discipline but also a spiritual experience. It allows individuals to strengthen
their patience, willpower, and self-control. Simultaneously, living on an empty
stomach provides an opportunity to understand the challenges of daily life and
think of those who are less fortunate.
Iftar Tables: Unity and Togetherness
One of the prominent features of the Ramadan month is the
iftar tables. Iftar, marking the breaking of the fast at sunset, is a special
moment that brings together family members and friends. Tables are often filled
with a variety of dishes, but it is not just a mealtime ritual; it is a symbol
of unity, togetherness, and sharing. People strengthen feelings of solidarity
and cooperation by sharing iftar tables with neighbors, relatives, and those in
Ramadan is a time when worship is intensified for Muslims.
In addition to the daily prayers, special nightly prayers called Tarawih are
performed. The goal during this month is to recite the entire Quran. This
process helps individuals deepen their spiritual connection and undergo a
process of spiritual purification.
Charity and Mutual Aid
Ramadan is the peak of feelings of charity and mutual aid.
Helping those in need, feeding the poor and hungry, and supporting charitable
organizations are common practices during this month. Many individuals
contribute to charities and aid projects, fostering a sense of community and a
culture of helping one another.
The month of Ramadan is not only a practice of fasting but
also a time of spiritual renewal and social unity. In Turkey, the feelings of
abundance, sharing, and solidarity brought by this month bring people together
to become a more understanding, patient, and loving society.
We wish Ramadan brings peace, tranquility, and brotherhood
to all of humanity.