Arab in America: Ramadan

Dearborn family shares Ramadan experience

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DEARBORN, Mich. – Almost all of us have heard of Ramadan, but so many don’t truly understand what it is.

Some know about fasting during Ramadan, but there is a lot more to it.

The 9th month of the Muslim calendar, better known as Ramadan, ended Tuesday, July 5. It means many things to the people who observe the teachings of Islam. But to lay it out in simple terms:

Practicing Muslims should focus the mind on prayer, spirituality and charity to purify the body and mind. Observers are expected to abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from dawn to dusk.

It's A month of spirituality and forgiveness. 

It’s also a month that brings families closer together.  Moms, dads, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends get together around the dinner table once the sun goes down. That’s when fast is broken and done so with a grand feast.

We caught up with the Hammoud family in Dearborn. They were gracious enough to share that experience with us.

So please pull up to the table with us, grab your knife and fork and enjoy a good conversation with good people. 

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