The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is one of the largest encounters where most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims will be taking part in a celebration.
But what is Ramadan, exactly?
Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims — the Prophet Mohammed reportedly said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”
Muslims believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text, to Mohammed, on a night known as “The Night of Power” (or Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic).
During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline. It’s a time of celebration and joy, to be spent with loved ones
But if that makes it sound super serious and boring, it’s really not.
It’s kind of like the Muslim version of Christmas, in the sense that it’s a religious holiday where everyone comes together for big meals with family and friends, exchanges presents, and generally has a lovely time.
However, lately this Muslim celebration seems to be quite the opposite of peaceful, to say the least.
According to thefederalistpapers,
Brian Thomas reports Islamic terror attacks can happen at any time during the year, but there tends to be an increase during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of prayer and fasting.
Last year turned out to be the bloodiest Ramadan in modern history, yet this year is ready to surpass it.
Since Ramadan’s beginning on May 26th, 950 are dead and more than 1,000 wounded in at least 70 deadly attacks.
Ramadan continues until June 24th.
The Daily Wire reports:
While Islamic terror attacks happen all year round, they spike during the holy month. The Middle East Media Research Institute says martyrdom is “doubly rewarded” during Ramadan, and killing infidels is always a wonderful thing.
The commandment of jihad, which is of supreme importance at all times, assumes even greater importance during this holy month and gains precedence over all other commandments. … On Ramadan Allah grants fighters special strength, despite — or rather by virtue of — their fasting. Those who gain martyrdom during the month of Ramadan are doubly rewarded in Paradise,” the institute says.
According to the terror tracker website, The Religion of Peace, there were 1,773 people killed in 189 separate attacks in just the last 30 days.