Ramadan is a Muslim religious happening that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which Muslims (who are able to fast) do not eat or drink anything from dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the person patience, sacrifice and humility. Ramadan is a time to fast for the sake of Allah, and to prayer more than normal. During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in stopping themselves from doing everyday evils, and to try and purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. Ramadan is a time of reflecting and worshiping God. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam and to avoid obscene and irreligious sights and sounds. Sexual thoughts and activities during fasting hours are also forbidden. Purity of both thought and action is important. The fast is intended to be an exacting act of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of closeness to God. The act of fasting is said to clean the heart from worries of worldly activities, its purpose being able to clean the inner soul and free it from harm. Properly observing the fast is supposed to induce a comfortable feeling of peace and calm. It also allows Muslims to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and sympathy for those who are less fortunate. It is also intended to make Muslims more generous and charitable. A certain level of self-control can be lost by those who suffer from eating disorders. The elderly, the ill and the insane are allowed missing the fasting but instead having to feed at least one poor person each day. Also pregnant women, women during the period of their menstruation, and women nursing their newborns, are allowed to Miss Ramadan; though they all must make up the days they miss at another time. Though children don’t have to fast, many children try to do...
...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...
...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 The Lord for having guided you, and that...
...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...
...help the needy. Fourth, a Muslim is responsible to keep the Fast of Ramadan. Lastly, a Muslim is obligated to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in his lifetime. Most non- Islamic people do not know why these pillars are so important to the Islamic religion. One of the most questioned, is the fourth pillar, since fasting symbolizes such different things in all religions. In Judaism and Christianity fasting is related to mourning, grief, sadness, and disastrous times. In Islam, on the other hand, fasting brings happiness and is welcomed eagerly every year with much excitement. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is when all Muslims must fast. To fast a Muslim should be sane, have reached puberty, healthy, and not instate of travel. Women should not fast when they are not instate of purity and clean from menstruation/ post child bleeding. During this month all Islamic rules are strictly enforced . The month of Ramadan allows all Muslims to gain self discipline, concentrate on things that are most important in life, worship Allah and become closer to Him, have a great change in their diet, and most importantly, gain mindfulness. On the contrary of other religions, Muslims become saddened when their
time of fasting departs.
Self- discipline is practiced in various ways in all cultures. For example, some people practice the art of yoga, while others believe karate can help them. In Islam,
...Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, is considered as one of the holiest months of the year. In this month when the prophet Muhammad was said to have received the holy book (Quran). Each day during Ramadan, followers of Islam, known as Muslims, do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset; they are also supposed to avoid bad thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends.
DuringRamadan Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. All Muslims who have reached puberty and are in good health are required to fast. At sunset, families get together to break the fast known as Ifatr. You start eating with two or more dates like the Prophet Peace Be Upon use to do. The Ifatr meals consist on milk, water, dates, and desserts. (A team of cardiologists in the UAE found that people observing Ramadan enjoy a positive effect on their lipid profile, which means there is a reduction of cholesterol in the blood) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan
It is very important in Ramadan to pray 5 times daily, and recite Quran every day. Ramadan helps us become patient and washes away our bad deeds. It reminds us of the people that are starving and teaches us that how lucky we are that Allah-Tallah provided us with these benefits and help us become better Muslim. After the Ifatri you go to Mosque and pray Magrib and Isha to complete your fast....
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Ramadan And Eid-al Fitr In Sudan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The Month of Ramadan is also
when it is believed the Holy Quran was sent down from heaven, guidance unto men, adeclaration
of direction, and a means of Salvation It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called the
Fast ofRamadan and lasts the entire month. Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on
their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and
contemplation. During the fast of Ramadan, strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of
Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours, and Smoking and sexual
relations are also forbidden during fasting. At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer
and a meal called the iftar. Ramadan table consists of the thinly cut hanger steak cooks quickly
and pairs nicely with a salsa of tomatoes, chopped mango, white onions and lime juice. "It's
really refreshing, and you can have that with a side of rice or couscous. their other meals like
Dates, pistachios, other nuts, and dried fruits fresh seasonal fruits, Fresh seasonal vegetables
,Chabbakia - a dessert made of fried dough flavored with orange blossom water...
...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,...
Eid-ul-fitr is an Islamic holiday. Muslims celebrate this day after fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. The purpose of this is to thank Allah for giving us the strength to obey His order. This holyday starts night before, everyone wake up early in the morning begin the actual day by going to masque for pray, greeting others, meal is served and followed by gift exchange. All the Muslims celebrate eid-ul-Fitr all over the world. It is the happiest day of the year for the Muslims. The preparation of Eid-ul-Fitr's big meal begins a night before the actual day. In the morning everybody gets up early in the morning to get ready to go to the mosque (church) for the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer, which is followed by a big meal at home, and lastly, the gifts are exchanged. Eid-ul-fitr really begins with the moon sighting.
On the end of the twenty-ninth day of the fast, everybody gets out of the house to see the new moon (first of the moon month) for the next month. If the moon is sighted by anybody around the world then it is announced either on television or radio. Here in America since we are just a minority of Muslims, people call each other on the phone to let everybody know that it's the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the next day is the Eid-ul-Fitr. Otherwise, there is another fast to complete the thirty days. In either case, the meat is marinated, the sweets are prepared, and the mother, sister-in-law and sisters for the next day...