Ramadan – One Humanity Before God

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the giver of Mercy.

It is the night before Ramadan. Me and my children are decorating our home and we are all anticipating the month of fasting to start.

Children lite the Ramadan Lantern at night and sing.

“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness.”

Quran 2:183

As I am unpacking the Ramadan lantern which been hiding in the closet since last year, a memory comes to mind. It was Ramadan 2016. A woman we had met and helped at the central station the year before as she arrived to Sweden as a refugee, contacted us and said: “We have no prayer mats and no Quran here. We need some new headscarves. Can you help us?”

Gotland, where she lived at the time, is a Swedish island and the Muslims there are very few. There is no mosque and no prayer mats to buy close by. So, we packed a car with headscarves, prayer mats, Qurans, Ramadan sweets and Eid-presents for the children and took the ferry to visit.

Days in June in Sweden are long. 18 hours long. We had a beautiful day together with her and the others. We played with the kids and then left to go back home. Our faith and our religion are a comfort in our lives, even more so when life is disrupted by conflict, war and trials.

Ramadan is a time of giving and feeding the ones fasting. Caring for others that are not as fortunate, they also may break the fast and eat. The Messenger of (peace be upon him) God Almighty said: “He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, except that nothing will be reduced from the fasting persons reward.” [Reported by Imam Ahmad]

The Corona-pandemic forces us to adjust and instead of serving meals in the mosque which we usually do, this year we are handing out food packages for people in need to cook in their homes.

Knowing that many Muslims at this time give zakat, the alms every Muslim is supposed to waive, equivalent to 2,5 per cent of the yearly income, we are launching fundraising campaigns for projects in other countries, for example a water project in Somalia.

Every grown up is, except from the zakat, also obliged to give a certain amount of money before he prayers the eid-prayer ending Ramadan. He put down money for himself and his children to support the poor in our world.

For the next 30 days I will not think of what to have for lunch. We will have a break from distractions and overconsumption. We need this time to come close to our Creator, time to focus on our soul and to reflect over our life. It brings us together as people. It is a welcome time of year. A break from everyday life.

When we meet, sometime as much as two to three hundred people, in the mosque to pray the night prayer and break the fast, iftar, we feel that we are one humanity before God.

I wish you a blessed Ramadan – Ramadan Mubarak. 

Abu Huraira (May God be pleased with him) Narrated that The Messenger of (peace be upon him) God Almighty said: "Whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain God’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven."

Reported by Imam Bukhari