What is Ramadan?

Ramadan

The word Ramadan means scorching heat in Arabic. Ramadan is the holy ninth month of the Muslim calendar. This month is regarded holy and Muslims from all corners of the world observe strict fasting. The Ramadan dates are based on the lunar cycle and hence they are dynamic. The month begins on the last full moon of the month and lasts or 29 or 30 days according to the calendar.

If you are using the Gregorian calendar, then the month of Ramadan usually lies somewhere between late May to late June. The end of the month is marked by celebrating the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

This is the month when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Mohammad by Allah. All Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. According to Muslims, fasting means abstaining from all the pleasures of the world. You are required to abstain from food, smoking, sex, gossip, swearing, drinking and otherworldly things that please us. The time for fasting is well defined through the Ramadan timetable. This is regarded as observing one of the five pillars of Islam. However, Muslims observe this holy month with the intentions to reconnect with Allah.

A Brief History!

Quran was revealed to Mohammad during this month and that’s why it is referred to as ‘’the best of times’’. This happened on the night of power commonly known as Laylat al-Qadr. This mandate to fast be set down 18 months after Hijra. This was during the first month of Sha’ban in the second year of Hijra in the 624CE.

The Muslims are supposed to serve and eat before dawn and after sunset. The meal that they eat before dawn is known as sufur and the other one after sunset is known as iftar. The main reason why fasting is encouraged is to allow room for reconciliation between you and Allah. Your minds will be able to concentrate on devoting your faith to Allah through players. Muslims are encouraged to pray and repent their sins. This is the month that Muslims believe that Allah will listen to their cries and relieve them of their worries through faith.

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