The Beliefnet Guide to Ramadan

The Beliefnet Guide to Ramadan

Get a peek into the Muslim world during the fasting month of Ramadan, as award-winning Muslim journalist and frequent Beliefnet contributor Shahed Amanullah blogs daily on the spiritual and practical aspects of this holy month.

What is Ramadan all about? It's more than just abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours. Learn all the basics of Ramadan and about the holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr in this special primer.

Recipe Corner:
Share Your Ramadan Recipes
Can't Fast?
What Should You Do?

Away from Family?
How to Make Ramadan and
Eid Special

Family Traditions:
What Does Ramadan Mean
to You?


Wish your family and friends Ramadan Kareem or Eid Mubarak


What Kind of Muslim are You
How often do you pray? Do you fast during Ramadan? Take this quiz to find out how strong you are in your faith.



Should non-Muslims fast during Ramadan?

Yes, it will help them spiritually connect with Muslims.
Yes, it will help them realize what it's like to go without food and drink.
No, Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims only.

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  • The Real Ramadan
    With Ramadan now entering the summer months, the hard fasting begins. Can we remain steadfast?
    By Hesham Hassaballa

  • More Than a Food Fast
    Five tips to make Ramadan more spiritual for Muslims and non-Muslims.
    By Dilshad D. Ali

  • Tips for Healthy Fasting
    Check out seven ways to fast healthfully.

  • Why Do Muslims Fast?
    Who can fast? What is the "Night of Power"? Your questions answered.

  • Moon Unity?
    The new moon signals the start of Ramadan, but who's moon?