There are around 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe, and for each one of them, Ramadan is one of the most religious months of the year. When asked what is Ramadan, most of us think it’s about waking up early before the sunrise to grab sip of water and a morsel, further wait for the sunset to conclude with prayers and dates. But that isn’t all about this pious month, there is much more to Ramadan. Let’s know what is Ramadan actually all about.
Ramadan: Everything You Want To Know
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Ramadan Falls On The Ninth Month
Before getting to details, it is important to understand what Ramadan actually is. In the Hijri calendar \ Islamic calendar, Ramadan falls on the ninth month.
It Is One Of The 5 Pillars Of Islam
There are five pillars of Islam, and Ramadan is one of them. Shahadah (occupation of faith); Salat (praying 5 times a day); Zakat (charity); and the Hajj (the trip to Mecca) are the other four pillars.
Quran Was Revealed During Ramadan
Another interesting reason for the piousness of this month is the fact it is the month of Ramadan, when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
How Is Ramadan Observed?
Ramadan is observed for one full month (day’s range from 29 to 30 days). During this one month, the believers withdraw drinking (even water), eating, smoking and sexual intercourse between the sunrise and the sunset. This fast is regarded as a spiritual fight against the addiction of earthly desires.
Iftar The Festive Meal
While the entire day does into fasting, evening is more of festivity. ‘break-fast’ or as it is called ‘iftar’ is apprehended as festive meals. Iftar brings families together and is marked by penetrating social activity.
Conclusion Of Ramadam
The festival of Eid al-Fitr concludes the pious month of Ramadan.
Who Keeps The Fast During Ramadan?
Followers who have exceeded puberty are required to fast during the month of Ramadan. However, for the children, it is recommended that they also should be gradually exposed to this practice.
Who All Are Excused During Ramadan?
Women who are pregnant or nursing their children, sick people, travelers, and the fighters are required not to fast during the month of Ramadan. Even though they are required to rightfully observe it again whenever it is possible.
How Are The Date Determined?
Ramadan links to the ninth month of the Islamic or Hijri calendar. The Muslims refer to this calendar for all their holy festivals. It depends on the cycle of the moon. The Islamic or Hijri calendar has 11 days lesser than the solar calendar. Every year the dates of commencement and conclusion of Ramadan varies.
The first day of Ramadan is determined post the crescent moon appears. This should be easily visible from naked eyes and recorded. In fact, several scholars meet to find out the exact timings of Ramadan, and the same varies across the globe.
This is all we know about Ramadan; do you have any more interesting facts about this pious Islamic month? Please do share it with us as comments below.
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