Ramadan (Roza) 2015 Date is June 18 Monday to July 16 Thursday
Ramadan is an extremely holy month for Muslims. It is the ninth month according to the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is considered to be a blessed month, wherein Muslims fast during the entire month and pray daily. During this month, people perform many charitable deeds.
Also, in this Holy Month, Prophet Muhammad, received the first revelation of Al-Qur’an (in one of the last ten odd nights of Ramzan).
Ramzan/Ramadan is the month of celebration as well as the month of discipline and self-control. Ramadan continues for 29 or 30 days, depending on the Lunar calendar of that year.
O who believe, fasting is decreed for you
as it was decreed for those before you;
perchance you will guard yourselves….
The month of Ramadan is the month
in which the Koran was sent down,
a guidance for the people,
and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2, 183]
Ramadan, which is the ninth month in Islamic calendar, is a holy month of Islam which requires every Muslim to perform obligatory fast. Fasting has great religious significance for Muslims as it teaches self-restriction and patience. Fasting is one of the five major pillars of Islam, and every Muslim above age of 12 has to observe fast as a part of his duty.
Ramadan continues for 29 or 30 days, depending on the lunar calendar of that year. During the month of Ramadan, daily fasts begin at dawn and end with sunset.
Special nightly prayers called, Taraweeh prayers are held. Quran is recited in these prayers in Mosques all around the world.
This month provides an opportunity for Muslims to get closer to God.
The significance of Ramadan comes from the belief that, it was during this month that holy Quran was sent down from heaven.
Ramadan Fasting Rules
Strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims during the Fast of Ramadan. They are not allowed to eat or drink until the sun is present.
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”.
In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends.
The fast is resumed the next morning
According to the Holy Quran
One may eat and drink at any time during the night “until you can plainly distinguish a white thread from a black thread by the daylight: then keep the fast until night”
All good that is acquired by the Ramadan fast can be destroyed by five things, which are –
- Telling of a lie
- Denouncing someone behind his back
- A false oath
- Greed or covetousness
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