Ramadan is a month celebrated by Muslims according to the teaching of Prophet Muhammad and instruction is given by Allah Almighty in the Quran (Holy Islamic Book). There are some specific reasons why Muslims celebrate Ramadan every year. Let’s dig in to know why is Ramadan Celebrated? Why is Ramadan so important for Muslims? How is Ramadan celebrated? Here we have listed some interesting facts about Ramadan.
Why is Ramadan Celebrated?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. Islamic holy book Quran was revealed to the last Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) during the month of Ramadan. Laylat-al-Qadar (Night of Power) Holiest night for Muslims, is also among any night between the last ten nights of Ramadan. Laylat-al-Qadar is the night when the Quran was completely revealed to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).
Fasting is one of five pillars of Islam and the month of Ramadan is fixed for fasting by Allah Almighty. In the Quran (Islamic Holy Book), Muslims are instructed to fast during Ramadan. It’s mandatory for all Muslims to fast in the month of Ramadan except for ill, weak, or kids. The purpose of fasting during the month of Ramadan is to develop self-control and also to realize the feeling of the poor who don’t have enough to eat and left helpless and alone. Ramadan develops the spirit of Kindness and charity acts.
How is Ramadan Celebrated?
Ramadan starts from the first Ramadan to 30th Ramadan. During the whole month of Ramadan Muslims fast from dawn to the desk by not eating and drinking anything. Any kind of verbal or Physical misbehave and sexual activity is not allowed during fasting.
Ramadan Fasting starts after having a meal before dawn called Suhoor and Muslims break the fasts with a meal called Iftar. Quran Recitation and charity work are encouraged in the month of Ramadan.
Every man, Woman must fast except Kids under 12 years and ill or weak. Ill or Weak people can do some charity or fast when they recover. Direction for fasting is mentioned in the Holy Quran and all Muslims follow the same direction during the month of Ramadan.
Facts about Ramadan
The date of Ramadan can vary 11 or 12 days from the last year.
The start of every Islamic month including Ramadan is decided by sighting the moon. That’s the reason, the start of every month changes every year.
Kids under 12 are not obligated to fast during the month of Ramadan.
In some Islamic Countries, no food shop and restaurant are opened just an hour before Iftar (Time to break the fast).
Fasting time varies each day and each year.
Fasting improves the Immune System and has health effects.
In Ramadan, it’s mandatory to do charity work (Zakat) for those who can afford it.
A Special prayer called Tarawih is offered after Isha prayer at night.
Dates are used to break the fast. The date is eaten before anything in iftar because it has a healthy effect when you are eating something after a long gap.
At the end of the month of Ramadan Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitar, a reward for all who fast during the month of Ramadan.
Smoking is allowed during fasting. Although, smoking is not good for health and should be avoided if you can break your fast you smoke.