For Muslims, Ramadan is the holiest month. Every year, Muslims all over the globe fast during the day.
According to the UAE moon-sighting committee, Ramadan 2021 will begin on Tuesday, April 13, and will last approximately 30 days, according to the Islamic (Hijri) calendar.
Abstaining from drinking, eating, unethical behaviour, and anger are all essential practices during Ramadan. During the holy month, other worship acts such as fasting, reading the Quran, and charity is also promoted.
Muslims also believe that during this holy month, the Quran will be revealed.
During the holy month, Muslims wake up early to eat suhoor, a pre-dawn meal and break their fast with iftar.
Mosques often host large iftars, especially for the poor and needy. After the iftar, mosques also hold nightly prayers called Tarawih.
During Ramadan, various cultures have different traditions, such as cooking a special meal or eating iftar with extended family. Many of these customs, such as sharing food and welcoming guests over for iftar, are influenced by Islamic tenets such as hospitality.
Because of the global pandemic (coronavirus), this year’s Ramadan might be less eventful because of the lockdown in most parts of the world and the government’s social distancing rule.
WHEN IS RAMADAN?
Ramadan follows the lunar calendar, its date on the Gregorian calendar changes every year. Before announcing the first day of Ramadan, Muslims typically wait for the new month’s moon to appear. They can, however, predict the day ahead of time.
As said earlier in this article, Ramadan 2021 will begin on Tuesday, April 13
HOW LONG DOES RAMADAN LAST?
HOW LONG DOES RAMADAN LAST?
Ramadan usually lasts between 29- 30 days, according to the Islamic (Hijri) calendar, depending on when the moon is sighted. If the moon is not seen on the night of the 29th day, then Ramadan lasts for the full 30 days.
WHY IS FASTING DURING RAMADAN IMPORTANT TO MUSLIMS?
Fasting is one of Islam’s five foundations. Fasting is also recommended in the Quran for all experienced and safe Muslims to do so for the whole day.
As a result, Muslims fast as a form of worship, a way to grow closer to God, and a way to show empathy to those in need.
Fasting is also used to teach patience and help people break unhealthy habits.
WHEN DOES RAMADAN END?
For most Muslim countries in the Middle East, Monday, May 22 will be the 29th day of Ramadan.
The Eid moon will be visible in these countries that evening. The first day of Eid al-Fitr will be observed on Sunday, May 23, if it is sighted.
Otherwise, Ramadan will last for another 30 days, with Eid al-Fitr falling on Wednesday, May 24.
HOW DO MUSLIMS CELEBRATE THE END OF RAMADAN?
The end of the month is marked by the Eid al-Fitr festival when Muslims commemorate a fruitful Ramadan of fasting and worship.
SOME OF THE RULES OF RAMADAN
Fasting is not needed for chronically ill, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, elderly, or sick with health restrictions during Ramadan. However, they should compensate for it by performing Fidiya, which entails feeding a poor person on each day of Ramadan or the day of a missed fast.
A woman is not required to fast during her menstrual cycle or after childbirth bleeding, but any missed fasts must be made up later.
Besides offering the prayers five times at the times of Fajr (dawn), Dhuhr (noon), Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (evening), and Isha (night), the people fasting should not eat or drink anything deliberately while fasting and should refrain from cigarettes.
Physical intimacy, such as indulging in sex, is not permitted during the holy month of Ramadan because people fasting are expected to channel their spirituality while seeking forgiveness by letting go of worldly pleasures during these 29 or 30 days when they observe fast with their family and friends.
HOW DO GREET A MUSLIM DURING RAMADAN?
If you want to wish your Muslim friends or associates a happy Ramadan or Eid al-Fitr, say, “Happy Ramadan!” or “Happy Eid!”
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