Rome ReportsTV points out that Ramadan is a spiritual month include praying the Islamic rosary and calling out 100 different words used to refer to Allah, or God. More than just abstaining from food, Mustafa Cenap Aydin, director of the Tevere Institute in Rome says, those 30 days are meant to be a spiritual exercise that promotes prayer, self control, sacrifice and empathy for the less fortunate.
It’s a way to restrain from not only food, but also from bad habits, but above all else, Aydin says, it’s a way to reinforce Muslims’ connection with Islam and the role it plays in their daily lives.
The month of Ramadan commemorates when the first verses of the Quran were revealed back in 610 AD. Now the month is celebrated depending on the lunar calendar. This year, Ramadan will begin on July 20th.
The Director of the Tevere Institute in Rome says, often the concept of fasting is misunderstood. During Ramadan, Muslims do eat and drink a light meal before dawn. It’s then followed by a fast that runs until sunset. Afterward, comes the meal they usually share with family, friends and even strangers.
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, usually issues a special message to Muslims, towards the end of Ramadan.