Ramadan

By Maidah Khan


Ramadan is the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the globe. In a district where the Muslim population is a minority, I thought this would be an excellent platform to raise awareness and a teaching lesson for my peers and administration to go behind the scenes on Ramadan. Muslims are often misinterpreted and stereotyped because of the recent events around the world. God willing, this series will be a stepping ground to exploring a religion, which symbolizes peace and not violence.

In my photography series, my youngest brother, Musa portrays the timeline of Ramadan from the beginning to the ending of the fast. We get up before sunrise to eat. At sunset, we break our fast with a date and water. Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar, so it typically lasts a month. We pray 5 times a day regardless if it's Ramadan, and specifically during Ramadan we go to the mosque to pray Taraweeh or the night prayer.

No one said it better than the late Muhammad Ali, "I cannot sit by and let the world think that Islam is a killing religion. It hurts me to see what radical people are doing in the name of Islam. These radicals are doing things that God is against. Muslims do not believe in violence."