The Holy Month of Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan
What is Ramadan ?
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, prayer and introspection for Muslims, the devotees of Islam. It is commended as the month during which Muhammad received the underlying revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Every day during Ramadan, Muslims will not drink or eat from sunrise to sunset. In addition they are expected to avoid impure thoughts and awful way of behaving.
Consistently throughout the month, fasting between sunrise and sunset is obligatory for all Muslims. For the ill, elderly, pregant or traveling person you are excused. Days missed from fasting can be made up throughout the rest of the year,either all at once or one day here and there.
The evening meal times are opportunities for the Muslims to assemble with family and community to break the fast together.
Pre-dawn breakfast (suhoor) usually occures at 4.00am before the first call to prayer. The evening meal (iftar) once the evening call to prayer (Maghreb) is finished around 19.30. Since the Prophet Mohammad broke his fast with a glass of water and a date, Muslims eat dates at both suhoor and iftar, easy to digest and give the body sugar following a long day of fasting.
Muslims break their everyday fasts by sharing meals with family and loved ones. The end of Ramadan is prasied and celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s significent holidays. Ramadan generally falls on the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar. 2023 Ramadan begins at sunset on Thursday, March 23, and ends on the evening of Friday, April 21.
The finish of Ramadan fast is celebrated as Eid al-Fitr, the ‘’Feast of fast breaking’’ which is one of the two major religious holidays of the Muslim calender. During the three day celebration, families will visit there olders who will bake sweet treats for there visitors, youngsters will wear new clothes and gifts are exchanged. People will visit the graves of relatives and people will gather for family meals and to pray in mosques.