Muslims observe Ramadan

Chaplain (Capt.) Hamza Al-Mubarak
435th Air Base Wing Muslim Chaplain

As the month of Ramadan begins, Muslims in U.S. Airforces in Europe an
U.S. Army, Europe join in the obligatory observance of fasting.  

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar and one of the
most sacred periods in the Islamic calendar year. Ordained in the
Qur’an, the fast is an exacting act of deeply personal worship in which
Muslims seek to get closer to God and remain conscious of Him.

The act of fasting redirects the hearts away from worldly activities, and towards The Divine and Sacred.

Muslims believe that God revealed the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad
during Ramadan (in the year 610 C.E.).  In the Qur’an God commands
the Muslims to fast by saying:

 “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was
prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) piety…Ramadan is
the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind,
also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and
wrong).” (Chapter 2, verses 183 and 185).

Every evening from 4 Oct 05 through 4 Nov 05, at Ramstein’s South
Chapel, Muslims gather at 1900 to break their fast and pray.  They
will recite 1/30th of the Qur’an each night, thus completing the entire
Qur’an during the month of Ramadan.  

The end of fast is called Eid ul Fitr, where they celebrate by praying, giving charity, eating and drinking.

For Muslims in the military, The Armed Forces Chaplains Board issues an
annual notification with the following recommendations for Ramadan:
• Muslims in the Armed Forces be released from duty at least 30 to 60 minutes before sunset in preparation to break their fast.

• Members should be exempted from rigorous daily physical and field training as this can become a detriment to their health.

• Permit a liberal leave policy allowing service members and DoD staff
to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Muslim Holy Day known as ‘Eid ul
The Southside Muslim Chapel is open throughout the day for Muslims who want to worship and pray.

For further information about prayer schedules and events you can contact Chaplain Al-Mubarak at 480-5753/2499.