Why is Ramadan important for Muslims?

Muslims around the world have been fasting for a week to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan. Usually, around this time, both non-Muslims and Muslims have questions about why Ramadan is so important. If you have any questions about this, continue reading. We’ll go over some crucial details about Ramadan and why is Ramadan important for Muslims? Read on. . .

What is Ramadan?

In the Muslim lunar calendar, Ramadan occurs in the ninth month. Muslims who are in good health fast during Ramadan from sunrise to sunset. This encompasses refraining from immoral behaviour, consuming alcohol and food, and being angry. During the holy month, additional forms of worship are also urged, including prayer, reading the Quran, and charitable giving. Muslims also hold that Ramadan was the time of the Quran’s revelation. Muslims fast for the entire month of Ramadan and then break their fast with a meal known as iftar. The pre-dawn meal known as suhoor is eaten before dawn. Large iftars are frequently held in mosques, particularly for the underprivileged and needy. After iftar, mosques also hold late night prayers known as Tarawih.

During Ramadan, various cultures engage in distinct traditions, such as preparing a special meal or enjoying iftar with extended family. Most of these customs, including sharing a meal and inviting visitors over for iftar, are inspired by Islamic principles such as generosity.

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What is the purpose of Ramadan?

Fasting is intended to foster the value of righteousness and refrain from sinful behaviour. It is also to restrain worldly preferences, and spiritually fortify the soul, body, and thoughts. Fasting during the fasting month of Ramadan is meant to promote inner peace rather than to keep one hungry or thirsty. The goal of the Ramadan fast is to instil the virtue of protecting ourselves from external wrongs. And also morally perfecting our character through tolerance and generosity.

When is Ramadan in 2023?

Based on the Islamic lunar cycle and the phases of the moon, Ramadan has a different start and end date every year. Religious authorities watch for the new crescent moon to signal the beginning of Ramadan. Muslims can predict the arrival of the initial day of Ramadan. But they do sit tight for the new moon to appear before doing so. This year (2023), Ramadan began on March 24 and will end on April 22 with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Depending on when a sighting of the new crescent moon occurs, the month of Ramadan typically lasts 29 to 30 days.

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

Ramadan fasting is significant because it enables Muslims to dedicate themselves to their belief. And it also helps draw them nearer to Allah and develop compassion and courage. Instead of only paying attention to your physical body, it’s about feeding your soul. Additionally, it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which form the core part of Muslim life. The other ones are the Mecca pilgrimage, charity, prayer, and belief. All Muslims typically observe the fast. Only those who are ill, pregnant, nursing, menstruating, elderly, or on the road usually don’t. You have the entire year to make up for any fasting days you miss.

How does fasting during Ramadan work?

Fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. Muslims who are practising are prohibited from consuming water during this time. Muslims typically eat suhoor, a light breakfast, before the sun starts to rise. We consume a lot of water at this time to last the entire day. After the sun has completely set, the fast is usually broken with water and dates. And then there are prayers and also some delicious iftar food.

When does Ramadan end?

The month of Ramadan comes to an end with a unique three-day celebration known as Eid al-Fitr (the Event of the Breaking of the Fast). However, the length of the holiday celebration can also vary by location. It starts when the new moon is first spotted in the sky. Muslims rejoice and give thanks to Allah on this happy occasion as they mark the end of their fast. Muslims participate in morning prayers and then visit family, friends, and neighbours during the holiday. A delicious traditional meal is then enjoyed by them and their friends and family. It’s customary to give gifts to children and support those in need. Ramadan is a month of celebration for Muslims worldwide as a sign of their shared faith.

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