Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. This month is significant as the Prophet Muhammad left Mecca to Medina in order to avoid persecution. It is also the month where the Quran was revealed to the Prophet, and Muslims commemorate this through nights of worship. Muslims observe Ramadan as a month of fasting, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From sunrise to sunset, millions of Muslims around the world restrict themselves from having food and water.
However, the month of Ramadan is a month of spiritual cleansing; it is a time where Muslims get a chance to reflect on their lives, their thoughts and their feelings. It is also a time where many Muslims re-focus their relationship with God. Many Muslims wake up early for a morning meal, and begin their fast after morning prayers. After the evening prayers, Muslims break their fast with their families and sometimes with the members of their local Muslim community.
It is a month in which the infinite mercy of God is manifested in its full form, and a time where Muslims reflect and improve on their lives for the future.
'The 30 Nights of Ramadan’ project aims to use writing to help us in our journey of self-betterment during the holy month of Ramadan. Through this expressive art, we hope to create an atmosphere of Ramadan and help everyone around the world get into the spirit of self-reform during this very special month. We welcome all writers, whether brand new or seasoned, to write about the various themes surrounding this beautiful month. We hope that ‘The 30 Nights of Ramadan’ helps readers and writers reflect on various aspects of their lives, and create a sense of global community throughout this holy month.
We invite everyone, whether you want to try writing or are already experienced, to participate in this project. As this is a month of reflection, we hope for everyone to share their own experiences through poetry, short stories, essays, or any other written format. This is not a competition, but rather a circle where we can all share our own ideas. There are a few guiding principles we encourage you to follow: