What Ramadan means to our riders

With Ramadan having just come to an end, we wanted to take some time to reflect on this holy month.

To do this, we reached out to our riders who celebrate Ramadan, and asked them to share what it means to them.

We were very excited about the amount of responses we received! Check out a few of them below…

“Ramadan is a time to improve one’s patience. I get close to God and towards others as well. Waking up before sunrise, starting the fast throughout the day, and breaking the fast after sunset makes me feel satisfied and sometimes I feel like I am purifying my soul. It’s the time of Eid festival when friends and friends of friends try to contact and get together.”

– Khaja, Melbourne

“It means to control desires and emotions, learn to be patient, and to get closer to Allah through worship so you can have peace in your life.”

– Hafiz, Sydney

“It is the month where I am closer to my religion than ever. It teaches me to be patient and respectful, and I feel for the people who don’t have the necessary resources to live their lives the way we do.”

-Wajahat, Perth

“Ramadan gives us a lesson to see how poor people survive without food, and it teaches us to help humanity. In this month we can’t lie or do anything which effects others in any bad way… so this is a month of practice for the whole year.”

-Muhammad Ali, Perth

“I would like to remember Ramadan as a month of sharing, caring, praying, thanking god for all the things.”

– Mohammad Ameen, Sydney

“Ramadan is a month of attaining tranquility, being generous, helping out poor people, reflecting upon yourself, striving to become a better person and being close to God as much as possible. It is a month of pure blessings and peace.”

-Mirza, Sydney  

“It’s the most important month of the year, where I focus on being a good human and leaving all the bad habits. Its about self control of our desires.”

-Mohammad, Sydney 

“The first verses of Holy Quran were revealed in holy month of Ramadan. Muslims also prevent negative things and bad behaviour with other Muslims brothers. Food, sweets, and drinks are served on daily basis, before dawn and after sunset. Muslims focused on prayers and Quran recitations to seek Allah forgiveness. The holy month of Ramadan teaches  Muslims patience, self-restraint and generosity. At the end of Ramadan, Eid al- Fitr is celebrated and Muslims wish each other Happy Eid Mubarak.”

-Mohammad Mouzam, Sydney

 “To me, Ramadan is a time to increase one’s Sabr (patience), closeness to God and generosity towards others, especially the less fortunate. Waking up before the sun rises is not an easy task to do, especially when you’re a tired and grumpy teenager like I am. … The last ten days of Ramadan are the holiest days. Fasting. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship.”

– Tahaa, Sydney

  “Ramadan is a month in which holy Quran was revealed on prophet Mohammed S.A.W. It took approximately 23 years to complete. Ramadan is a special month among all other months, which includes fasting, praying and giving zakat (donation to the poor and needy, 2.5% of our savings of annually saved income). Finding the night of lailatul-qadr in the last 10 days of Ramadan, because this the night in which Quran was revealed. Establishing prayers and asking Allah to make it easy for us here (in this world) and hereafter (after death). Ramadan is a month of countless blessing from Allah subhan-wa-tala.”
-Sohail Ahmed, Sydney 

“During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which form the basis of how Muslims live their lives. The other pillars are faith, prayer, charity and making the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.”

– Mujahed, Sydney

“To me, Ramadan is a time to increase one’s Sabr, closeness to God, and generosity towards others, especially the less fortunate. This month is also a time to strengthen the bond between Muslim communities. It is custom for Muslims to invite their friends and neighbors to break fast, also known as Iftar. Ramadan is a great time for me to reconnect and stay in touch with our families.”

-Arif Colak, Sydney