Ramadan, A month of Prayer
Ramadan is a ninth month of the Islamic calendar (Sievert 6). The month of Ramadan is extremely important in the Islamic world because during this month Quran, which is the Holy bible in Islam, was revealed. Quran was sent down to earth from the heaven. It is a book, which is sent down to guide individuals, also known as “Declaration of direction and a mean of salvation” (Melizo 1). Ramadan is a word, which means heat, scorched ground and shortness of rations (Hartov 259). Ramadan lasts for a whole month and during this month Muslims are supposed to fast. Ramadan is a month when Muslims concentrate more on their faith and prayer to God rather than on their everyday lives. During the Fast of Ramadan strict rules are imposed on Muslims that they have to follow. For instance, when Muslims are fasting they are not allowed to eat or drink anything. They cannot even drink water or chew gum. They are also not supposed to wear lipstick or brush their teeth while fasting, basically they cannot taste anything. Smoking and having sexual relations are also forbidden while fasting. Muslims can eat early in the morning before the sun rises known as “Suhoor” and after eating their meal they perform their first prayer known as fajr. The breaking of the fast is called “Iftar”, which takes place when the sun is down. The “Iftar” is broken with meal and the fourth prayer of the day known as Maghreb. After breaking the fast most Muslims go to visit their families and friends. Also, at night Muslims go to Mosque to read their last prayer of the day known as “Isha” and Tarawih, which is a prayer practiced by most Sunni Muslims. Tarawih is a special nightly prayer when Muslims read the entire section of the Quran. There are thirty sections in the Quran and every night each section is read by Muslims so at the end of the month they have re-read the entire Quran. The fasting of Ramadan is designed for Muslims so they realize the pain of poor people and give out food to the homeless and people who cannot afford to buy food. This month makes one to be more charitable and help the needy. During this month Muslims also pay Zakat if they can afford it. Zakat can be paid any time of the year but most Muslims pay it during the month of the Ramadan since it is the most blessed month of the year. During the month of Ramadan it is required for one to stay away from the evil and spent most of their time in remembering God. For instance, the good that is acquired in the month of Ramadan can be destroyed by five things such as the telling of a lie, slander, denouncing someone behind their back, a false oath and greed or covetousness (Melizo1). The fast can automatically break if an individual does any of these things. The month of Ramadan is set up for Muslims to practice their faith and devote most of their time to God. This month helps individuals to do good deeds and when the month is over most people are still devoted to God and stay away from bad deeds such as telling a lie and they start performing their five pillars regularly. The five pillars are the duties that every Muslim must perform. In other words, every Muslim is supposed to pray five times a day called Salat, they are supposed to give money to the poor known as Zakat. They are also supposed to perform Hajj at least once in a lifetime if affordable, which is a pilgrimage to Mecca. They are also supposed to fast during the month of Ramadan and most importantly they are supposed to believe on the Shahada, it is affirmation and a duty to recite the creed which means that "There is nothing worthy of worship save Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God"(Melizo 4). In the month of Ramadan the first revelation occurred on the night of the 27th day of the Ramadan. This night is called the Laylat-al-Qadr, which means the Night of Power. According to the Quran, this is when God determines the course of the world for the following year (Melizo 2). Every Muslim who is...
...Ramadan in Britain during the early Eighties, when I was growing up, was very different from the way it is now. There was no awareness of the rotating month of fasting in the Islamic calendar, no flexibility to working hours, no facility for prayer in offices and no calls for prayer on television.
For one month every year, my family and I would undertake this annual Islamic duty furtively, tip-toeing around for the pre-dawn meal for fear of waking up the neighbours with the kitchen clatter, and reluctant to talk about the practice for fear of censure or mockery.
Four decades on, Ramadan is marked far more openly in Britain. Some employers are offering flexi-time to those Muslims who, from this week, will undertake a daily fast for 30 consecutive days that will involve around 19 hours of abstention from all food and drink – from sunrise to sunset. Some firms are allowing Muslims to begin their working day later, so they can catch up on sleep after waking up at 3am to eat, and to end their shifts earlier, so that they are not working when they are physically weakened.
The Eid festival that marks the end of Ramadan is also increasingly celebrated in public venues around the country, including Trafalgar Square in London. Channel 4 announced last week that it would broadcast one out of five "calls for prayer" during the month-long fasting period. The channel called it a deliberately "provocative" act that would, it hoped,...
...Ramadan in Saudi Arabia
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. In Islam we follow the “Moon months” meaning that month of Ramadan is in a different Gregorian month every year. Sometimes it can be in the winter and sometimes in the summer. In Ramadan all Muslims fast from sunrise to sun set. This means no eating and nor drinking not even water. Ramadan is consider a time for self-discipline, meditation and spiritual renewal.
We mainly have two meals in Ramadan. The first meal is called Suhor “ before sun rise”, and Iftar which means “break-fast” it’s at sunset. This is the main meal of the day where all the members of the family gather in the dining room and eat together. We start with dates and sips of water, and eat the rest of the meal. The housewives usually prepare the meal (Iftar). It is a large feast, usually starting out with salads, appetizers and a main meal. Though fasting means eating and drinking in moderation, however, we eat until we get full.
There are a lot of “Iftar” tents setup during Ramadan in every neighborhood they near the mosques. Food is served during the sunset for poor families. Families from the neighborhood participate in helping prepare food for the tents. On the other hand some families share some of their meals with the tent. Laborers, workers, travelers, poor or who ever wants can drop by any tent...
...The holy month of RamadanRamadan
Is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. The word Ramadan is derived from the arabic word 'al-Ramz' which signifies "to burn." Ramadan burns the sins of the one who fasts in it, and who engages in pious deeds in abundance. This helps to burn the sins, hence the name given to this month is Ramadan. This important holy month begins with the sighting of the new moon after which all physically mature and healthy Muslim's are obliged to abstain from all food, drink and tobacco between dawn and sunset. However, that is merely the physical component of the fast; the spiritual aspects of the fast include refraining from gossiping, lying, slandering and all traits of bad character. All obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided. Purity of thought and action is paramount. Ordained in the Noble Quran, the fast is an exacting act of deeply personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of God-consciousness. The act of fasting redirects the hearts away from worldly activities, towards The Divine. The month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. The fasting is intended to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It also reminds them of the suffering of the poor, who may rarely get to eat well. It is common to have one meal (known as the...
...This article is about religious observances during the month of Ramadan. For the actual calendar month, see Ramadan (calendar month).
A crescent moon can be seen over palm trees at sunset in Manama, Bahrain, marking the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan
Observed by Muslims
Type Muslim, cultural
Begins 1 Ramadan
Ends 29, or 30 Ramadan
Date Variable (follows the Islamic lunar calendar)
2010 date 11 August – 10 September
2011 date 1–29 August
2012 date 20 July-18 August
Celebrations Communal Iftars
Observances Sawm (fasting), zakat (almsgiving), Tarawih prayer, reading the Qur'an
Related to Eid ul-Fitr, Laylat al-Qadr
Ramadan (Turkish:Ramazan) (Arabic: رمضان Ramaḍān, Arabic pronunciation: [rɑmɑˈdˤɑːn]) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 or 30 days. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual intimacy with their partners during daylight hours and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God. Muslims fast for the sake of God (Arabic: الله, trans: Allah) and to offer more prayer than usual. Compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards by about eleven days each year depending on the moon; thus, a person will have fasted every day of the calendar year in 34...
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Discuss how Islam is a quest to be faithful to the transcendent, both directly and through social engagement
Islam is a religion based on the belief in one God, His messenger and the four other pillars. These five pillars are central to Muslims, followers of Islam and mould their beings and are part of their everyday lives. This essay will look at the abovementioned pillars, what they are and how they form part of the quest to be faithful to the transcendent. Mention will also be made to how Islam ‘plays out’ in everyday life, thus how this quest is and can be done both directly and through social engagement.
Firstly, we need to establish who or what the Transcendent is. I would like to describe the transcendent, according to Islamic beliefs, as being both Allah (Arabic word for God) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Allah, of course is the most important aspect of Islam but it is also relevant that great emphasis is placed on the Prophet. Muslims strive to be more like the Prophet, by following his ‘way of life’, the Sunnah and as a result, pleasing and becoming closer to God. The Five Pillars of Islam, based on work by Mark Sedgwick (2006) are important components of Muslim worship. The first of the five pillars is the “…recognition that there is no god other than God, and that Muhammad is the Prophet of God” (Sedgwick: 2006, 70). This may not seem like an ‘act of...
Cultural Discussion |
[A discussion and Identification of the history and location of the second largest religion and culture in the world, Islam and the followers of the faith, Muslims. A look at and description of the positive and negative points of the culture as well as ways in which Islam have affected and contributed to society.] |
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May 12, 2013
Cultural Discussion Paper
Islam, a culture that I am least knowledgeable on, began in Mecca in western Saudi Arabia during the seventh century. Even though it is believed that this faith began with a small group of followers Islam is now one of the largest religion and culture practiced in the world today. It is said that Islam began with the prophet Muhammad during 570-632 AD when he was visited by an angel and received the message of Islam which believes “Allah is the only god” (Wuthnow 383). Those that submit themselves to this faith and Allah are called Muslims.
Muhammad a business man from Mecca and the founder of Islam was born 570-571 AD (Rieber). He was born into one of the most powerful and influential tribe of the time, Quraish. Muhammad’s father was a successful merchant who died...
...RamadanRamadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. The month last 29- 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is a wajib(obligatory) for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, traveling or going through menstrual bleeding. While fasting from dawn until sunset Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking and sexual relations; and swearing. According to Islam, the sawab (rewards) of fasting are many, but in this month they are believed to be multiplied. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran. (Holy book of Islam).
In the Quran
Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran states:
The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed in the Quran; “ A guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. The lord desires for you ease; he desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify...
... Islam is one the oldest and most followed religion there is. It is one of the greatest monotheistic religions of the world today. The foundation of Islam and its story is very popular and has influenced people even if they aren't Islamic. Islam was founded by the Prophet Muhammed and his journey to Mecca in the Middle East. Islam has a belief system that is similar to Christianity and Judaism, but also has many special beliefs that are unique to Islam alone. Even if you don't believe in the religious aspect, you can apply yourself and follow the moral values of this religion, which many people have done which has become very popular.
The story of Prophet Muhammed and his journey to Mecca has become very popular amongst Islam people and even non-islamic peoples. Islam was founded on Muhammed's teachings as an expression of surrender to the will of Allah, the creator and sustainer of the world. Muhammed was born in the city of Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula. Traditionally, The Quran began with revelations to Muhammed, when he was 40 years old, in 610. The Prophet Muhammed received The Word of Allah, a revelation, through the archangel Gabriel, or The Holy Spirit. This revelation comprises the Religion of Islam.
Islam has many belief systems, some that relate to other religions and others that are very unique to Islam. One...