A Ramadan Primer

I know that not everyone who reads my blog is Muslim. So, I wanted to explain in laymans terms, the significance of Ramadan. I apologize if I have said anything wrong, or left anything out.

The month of Ramadan is the 9th month in the Lunar calendar. It is also the month that Muslims believe that the Holy Qur’an began to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (saws). Muslims believe that Ramadan is the holiest of months.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. During daylight hours, Muslims obstain from food, drink, sexual relations, idle chat, and loss of temper. Those who are sick, travelling or pregnant are exempt from the fast, but must fast those days later. It says in the Holy Qur’an that fasting is prescribed to us so that we may learn self restraint.

After the fast is broken, a meal called Iftar is eaten. Iftar is often eaten at the mosque, with fellow Muslims.

It is hard to describe the joy that Muslims feel when the month of Ramadan begins. Muslims believe that if one fasts the entire month of Ramadan, then that person’s sins from the previous year will be forgiven.

During Ramadan, Muslims preform a special prayer, called Taraweeh. Taraweeh is preformed each night during Ramadan, it consists of 8 or 20 Rakaah, or movements. Each night a section, or Juz, of Qur’an is recited, so that by the end of the month the entire Qur’an will have been recited.

During Ramadan, Muslims are also encouraged to give to charity and feed poor or fasting persons.

After Ramadan is over, a celebration called Eid-Ul-Fitr occurs. On this day Muslims have a special prayer, and give to charity, have parties, and EAT.


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