Ramadan Mubarak!

Malaysia has its own traditions and customs on welcoming the holy month of Ramadan. Eid is a Muslim holiday, which is also known as ‘Hari Raya‘ by Malaysians. The Malay word ‘Hari’ means ‘Day’ and ‘Raya’ denotes ‘Celebration’. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion.

 

Ramadan in Malaysia
     Ramadhan or Ramzan is the ninth month in the Muslim Lunar calendar. The start of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new crescent moon by religious leaders. Ramadan in Malaysia began in the evening of 2 April, 2022 and ends in the evening of 2 May, 2022 with the Eid al-Fitr celebration. The month of Ramadan usually lasts between 29 to 30 days, depending on when the new crescent moon is sighted.

Malaysian Ramadan Fasting
     Fasting in Malaysia is quite a challenging one due to the hot humid weather. The sacrifice done in the month of Ramadan is to remind people who are less fortunate to learn to be humble again. The fasting is done between sunrise and sunset. During this time, Muslims are not allowed to eat or even drink water from morning prayer (Fajr) and evening prayer (Maghrib). They usually wake up before dawn and eat a very light meal called Suhoor. Only at this time, they will drink plenty of water to see them through the day. After the sun fully sets, the fast is typically broken with water and dates, followed by prayers and a meal known as Iftar.

     The Malaysian Government issued a policy to stop all forms of advertisements on television, newspapers and banners in order to respect Muslims who are fasting. By this action by the government, people will not be tempted by these advertisements particularly children who are new to fasting.

End of Ramadan
     Every Muslim will have some sort of sadness as they will leave a month full of blessings and forgiveness. On the other hand, they feel happy to celebrate the victory called Eid al-Fitr. This is the festival of breaking the Fast. During this occasion, Muslim will celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah. On Eid al-Fitr, those who are able, will provide compensation to poor people. Malaysian Government will also support and respect such kind of social activities. In addition, it becomes a tradition in Malaysia to visit their family, parents and relatives after performing Eid prayers.