An Idiot’s Guide to Ramadan

Yes, Ramadan just passed, but this is still good.


Ramadan, What does this mean?

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.  It’s when Muslims all over the world spend 30 days observing fast and bettering themselves in principles of faith.

Observing fast?  Is that something to do with running, then?


Oh, what is it then?

Observing fast, or fasting, is when a person abstains (or keeps away) from eating and drinking.

Some people call it ‘Ramadam’, what’s that all about?

The month is correctly known as ‘Ramadhan’ or ‘Ramadan’, the latter being the more anglicised version.  ‘Ramadam’ is incorrect and is mistakenly used. ‘Ramadam-dam-dam’, as pronounced by Ali G, is also wrong but you probably guessed that already.

Full article on the BBC (link).


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