I admire the fortitude of my Muslim students who are continuing their studies while fasting all day, and staying up during the night to pray and to break their fasts.
Many of my Muslim students studying English ask me for the English words for their Arabic Ramadan words. The truth is that nowadays Muslims in the western world who don’t speak Arabic, use these Arabic words freely and don’t even translate them, as they are now considered part of the ‘multi-cultural/multi-religious’ aspect of English. But it is still good if we look at them so we can know what they actually mean in English.
I’m doing this for two reasons:
- For those Muslim readers it is good to know how you can explain it to your native English friends.
- For those who are not Muslims, you can be better informed as to what your Muslim friends are saying and doing during this month.
So here we go:
Ramadan– the month when all Muslims are expected to fast from dawn until dusk.
Fajr– the early morning prayer at sunrise
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