Each day of this month is an important in the Islamic calendar and Muslims around the world observe the sacred month by fasting from dawn to dusk, performing nightly prayers, with offering daily obligatory prayers.
New Delhi, June 8: The holy month of Ramadan which is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar has started and entered its second day. Each day of this month is an important in the Islamic calendar and Muslims around the world observe the sacred month by fasting from dawn to dusk, performing nightly prayers, with offering daily obligatory prayers and having food with family and friends. As soon as the month end a three-day holiday is celebrated worldwide with Eid-ul-Fitr and after that people prepare themselves to return to their regular daily routine.
Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam. The month of Ramadan also known as Ramzan in Asia is celebrated vastly as during this month the Holy Quran was revealed for mankind.
Fasting is compulsory for every man and woman, adult and healthy Muslims. As for Muslim women who are menstruating or having post-childbirth bleeding, fasting is not compulsory for them. People who are insane, minors and very old do not need to observe fast. However menstruating women or women suffering through post-child birth bleeding had to fast later as soon as they bleeding stops. Read Also: (Ramadan 2016: Muslim Fasting month begins across the country)
Man or woman suffering through chronic disease may not have to fast but have to make up the missed days of fasting later. Elderly men and women are aso exempted from fasting but in return they have to feed one poor person a day which is called as Fidiya.
The main objective of fasting is to achieve piety and righteousness. During the holy month of Ramadan individuals abstain from food and drink during day light hours, during evening they get together over food with families and friends in the evenings which is called iftar.
Abstaining from food has great ramification on the person observing the fast physically as well as spiritually. Fasting is an exercise for the discipline and control of the baser self.
It’s not only the month of fasting, indeed it is also the month of where several Muslims recite Quran. Ramadan is a month in which Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind.
During night Muslims congregate at mosques and observe the nightly prayers (tarawih) that start after the last prayer of the day. The prayer is about an hour long in which Quran is recited by an Imam who has memorised it completely. By the end of this holy month every mosque across the world and several other independent places recitation of Quran ends within 27th or 29th of Ramadan.
During this month Muslim’s also offer Zakat (charity), which is 2.5 per cent of their annual savings given to the poor. The saving could be in any form like, jewelries, stock of food or stocks related to their business items. As the end of Ramadan approaches, Muslims prepare for Eid ul-fitr, which draws Ramadan to a close.