Ramadan, which began on April 2, 2022, is the holiest month in the world. Islamic schedule. It is during this ninth month that Jibril (the archangel Gabriel in the Judeo-Christian faith) revealed the first verses of the Koran — the sacred text of Islam — to the Prophet Mohammed. the auspicious the beginning of the month is based on the appearance of the young super-thin croissant Moon, which usually appears one night after the new Moon.
A valued two billion Muslims around the world observe Ramadan by refraining from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is one of the five pillars – or duties – of Islam, along with witnessing to faith, prayer, charitable giving and pilgrimage to Mecca. The temporary deprivation of subsistence we believe renew awareness and Recognition for all that Allah (God) has provided. This too cultivated compassion for the less lucky.
A typical day in Ramadan
During Ramadan, the observers rise before dawn to eat their first meal. Known as Suhoor, or Suhur, the spread understand a variety high in protein traditional dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables. The feast is followed by morning prayers, after which everyone goes about their usual daily routine.
Most Muslims break the fast at sunset by eating 1-3 dates – just like Mohammed did when he broke his fast. Observers then perform a prayer for five to 15 minutes, before settling down for the second day of the day, more substantial, meal. Called Iftar, the party is usually a community business appreciated with widened family members and friends. Lots of mosques too arrange Free Iftar gatherings.
The meal is followed by the night prayer called Tarawih. Derived from the Arabic word meaning “to rest and relax”, it is a form of meditation. Tarawih prayers usually take place at a mosque. They involve reading portions of the Quran and performing rakahs – cycles of movement involved in Islamic prayer. Prayers can last up to two hours.
Ramadan ends with observation of a new Moon – usually after 29 to 30 days. This year, it should end on May 2. The month of fasting and prayers is followed by Eid al-Fitr, or the “feast of breaking the fast”. The celebrations, which can last up to three days, begin with community prayers to thank Allah for providing endurance and strength during Ramadan. Around noon, observers dressed in traditional head of adornment for visiting family and friends or gathering in public premises enjoy a feast with community members. Eid is close at Christmas for Muslim children, many receiving money or gifts from their elders.
Charitable donations, or Zakat, meant purify his wealth, is the third pillar of Islam. Ramadan is considered the most auspicious time of year to do the mandatory Don. Most Muslims must give 2.5% of wealth accumulated during the previous lunar year. Those who do not reach the minimum wealth threshold, or nisab, offer sweet bread and dates instead.
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