By Staff Writer Drake Nguyen
Islam is the second largest religion in the world and a significant event of their religion is Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting that starts and ends on the with the appearance of the new moon. Muslim fast from dawn to dusk each day, and during that time participants are supposed to avoid eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity, as well as unkind or impure thoughts and words. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint and self-reflection.
Senior Aziza Alawi has participated in Ramadan for many years now and although she is familiar with the practice it still puts a toll on her even on the first day, “It’s not as bad as I thought, but it’s been stressful and hard,” said Alawi. “I feel tired, I feel really tired, it’s probably because I have nothing in my system.” Although things are hard she is thankful that the weather is not as harsh as previous years, “A couple years ago it was in the middle of summer, it was really hot and I was more thirsty and it was stressful and really difficult, but I don’t think this year will be that bad.”
Ramadan begins on Tuesday, May 15. As Ramadan begins, we will be updating the story with experiences and opinions from those Blazers celebrating Ramadan themselves. Please check back later for more information.