This year, Lent and Ramadan are a few weeks apart. Indeed, from March 1 to April 16, was the period of Lent sanctioned by the feast of Easter. Hardly a month after Easter, we are at the beginning of the month of Ramadan.
The word Lent (or the Holy Quarantine) comes from the Latin Quadragesima (dies), that is to say “Fortieth day” (before Easter). The period of Lent is a time of penitence, deepening, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, conversion and detachment of material goods, which lasts for 40 days before Easter.
This period, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Holy Week and Easter Sunday, was instituted in Christianity in reference to the forty days of fasting that Jesus Christ spent in the desert.
As for the month of Ramadan, it is planned for a lunar month, that is to say 29 or 30 days and leads us to the feast of Eid el-Fitr, or festival of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hegian calendar when Muslims of the required age and health do not eat, drink, smoke or have sex, from dawn to dusk. The feast of the rupture called Eid el-Fitr, is the commemoration marking the end of the fast of Ramadan.
This celebration is the expression of the forgiveness granted by Allah to the Muslims who, during the month of Ramadan, were able to show their submission in order to atone for their sins of the past year.
For Eid al-Fitr celebrations, the Prophet Mohammed (SAWS) insisted on the attitude of righteousness and piety that should be attached to it so that believers can begin a new year in the most virtuous manner possible.
In common parlance, one often hears “Month of Lent” to mean the month of Ramadan. But in reality we have a period or a time of Lent and a month of Ramadan, since the period of Lent or Quadragesima (dies) exceeds one month.
The Editorial team