So what is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when Muslims across the world will fast during the hours of daylight. Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam.
The Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during this month. The actual night that the Qur’an was revealed is a night known as Lailut ul-Qadr (‘The Night of Power’).
Almost all Muslims try to give up bad habits during Ramadan. Some will even try to become better Muslims by praying more or reading the Qur’an. Many Muslims will try to read all of the Qur’an at least once during the Ramadan season and many will also attend special services in Mosques during which the Qur’an is read.
Fasting (abstaining from food and drink) takes place which intends to help Muslims self-discipline, self-restrain, develop generosity and also reminds them of the suffering of poor people who may rarely have the opportunity to eat well.
It’s known to have one meal (known as suhoor) before sunrise and another (known as iftar) just after sunset. As Ramadan is a time to spend with friends and family, the fast will normally include different Muslim families coming together to share an evening meal.
Speaking to Twitter user @popniallcorn on the celebration, she says: “My family and I did a tarawih after break-fasting, and we often read Al – Quran every night and we always wake up at 3am and then eat an early breakfast as we can’t eat and drink anything from 4am up to 6pm till Maghreb.”
The ending of Ramadan is marked by a big celebration called ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’, which is the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practise self-control.
The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Celebrations include: special services outdoors and in Mosques, processions through streets and a special celebratory meal which is eaten during daytime – the first daytime meal Muslims would have had in a month.
At Eid, it is obligatory to give a set amount of money to charity to be used to help poor people in order to buy new clothes and shoes so they can also celebrate.
So, there’s a little insight into Ramadan for you…Ramadan Mubarak, everyone.
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