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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ramadan



Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The holiday is observed by Muslims around the world. It is a month of fasting that takes place to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran. Ramadan is regarded as one of the five Pillars of Islam and last around 29-30 days. The crescent moon determines the length of Ramadan.

In the Arabic language Ramadan means scorching heat or dryness. During Ramadan fasting is something that adult Muslims are obligated to take part in. The only adults who do not have to follow the strict rule are those that are suffering from an illness, travelling, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

Muslims fasting from dawn til sunset must refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, as well as engaging in sexual relations. Muslims faith enforces that the reward of fasting will not be obtained if sinful behavior also takes place. Sinful behavior includes offering insults, cursing, lying, or fighting. Before fasting takes place pre-fast meas are prepared. These meals are known as Suhoor , following the fast meals known as Iftar will take place. Spiritual rewards will be awarded to those for fasting. Muslim fasting often also includes increased prayers, recitation of the Quran and increase of good deeds and charity.

History of Ramadan:
It is believed that Muhammad had a revelation of the Quran during the month of Ramadan. The tablets of Ibrahim, the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel and the Quran are all considered to be holy scriptures and each are considered to be part of Ramadan.
The Quran considers fasting to be obligatory and a way to attain the fear of God. It is to be practiced by those truly devoted to God.


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