Ramadan is the ninth month in Islamic calendar and is believed to be the holiest time for contemplation and self realization. Ramadan is a celebration of holy Quran coupled with fasting during the sunlight hours and nonetheless introspection. Here is a list of 10 things you ought to know about Ramadan –
1. Ramadan is the name given to the ninth month in Islamic tradition where Muslims abstain from food and drink to observe fast from sunrise to sunset. According to the legends, the messenger of Allah said,
“Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the Night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
2. Ramadan is based on lunar calendar or lunar cycle so it falls on different time of the month usually earlier each year.
3. It is believed that on 27th day of this month, the Quran was revealed so this month is all about being grateful to Quran and abstain from evil thoughts and deeds.
4. Muslims observe nightly prayers (called Tahajjud) in addition to daily obligatory prayers during Ramadan and they end their fast after sunset by having food with their family and friends. Tahajjud is observed before one’s suhoor in order to earn rewards.
5. A small meal that is consumed before the commencement of fast is called as Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal). The meal that is taken right after sunset to break the fast is called Iftaar. Traditionally three dates are taken to break the fast and serving Iftaar to someone is considered very rewarding in the Muslim culture. Typical entress of Iftaar include Lamb Stew, Roasted chicken and grilled vegetables. A rich dessert called Bakalava concludes the meal.
6. Muslims are encouraged to donate heavily to charities during Ramadan. Whoever is giving and merciful in this month of Ramadan will be bestowed upon countless blessings and bounties. The Prophet said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadan.” Zakat al-Fitr is the charity given to poor and needy after the fast ends during Ramadan.
7. The true essence of Ramadan lies in instilling these habits in your life even after Ramadan is over.
8. The major act of worship during Ramadan is to learn and imbibe the essence of Quran. This act of interpretation of Quran is called as Tafsir. A Quranic Tafsir often explains the content and descriptions of events as well as opinions of scholars not contained in Quranic verses.
9. Eid falls on first day of Shawwal, the month that follows Ramadan. Famously, the entire three day period involves celebration of Eid, in which Muslims celebrate with their family and friends, exchange gifts and perform congregational prayers at mosque.
10. The traditional greeting during Ramadan is “Ramadan Mubarak” translating “May God gives you a blessed month” and the reply is “Ramadan Karim” translating “May God gives you a generous month”.
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