In the lands not gripped by the cultural phenomenon that is daytime fasting and nightly recitations of the Holy Qur’an, there is much to fathom. From the outside, it seems surreal: men and women awake before dawn and congregations attending the house of worship every night and standing still as a lines from a Holy Book are recited from memory.

It does not feel modern, or from this world. But there it is. It’s on our calendar. Ramadan and the Holy Qur’an that is recited in the month are special gifts not granted to any previous nation.


“The Glorious Lord mentioned to the venerable Moses some of the bounties He had granted the Community of Muhammad:….”




Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master | Seventeenth Discourse—page 354