A GUIDE TO THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN
Ramadan (/ˌræməˈdɑːn/; Arabic: رمضان Ramaḍān, IPA: [ramaˈdˤaːn]; also known as Ramazan, romanized as Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship.The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset.Each day, before dawn, Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called the SUHOOR
Charity is very important in Islam, and even more so during Ramadan., often translated as “the poor-rate”, is obligatory as one of the pillars of Islam; a fixed percentage of the person’s savings is required to be given to the poor.
Tarawih ( تراويح) refers to extra prayers performed by Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan. Contrary to popular belief, they are not compulsory. However, many Muslims pray these prayers in the evening during Ramadan.
Recitation of the Quran
In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran. Some Muslims perform the recitation of the entire Quran by means of special prayers, called TRAWIH.
In some Muslim countries today, lights are strung up in public squares, and across city streets, to add to the festivities of the month. LANTERNS have become symbolic decorations welcoming the month of Ramadan. In a growing number of countries, they are hung on city streets.
Ramadan fasting is safe for healthy people, but those with medical conditions should seek medical advice if they were to encounter health problems before or during fasting.The fasting period is usually associated with modest weight loss, but weight can return afterwards.The education departments of BERLIN and the UK have tried to discourage students from fasting during Ramadan, as they claim that not eating or drinking can lead to concentration problems and bad grades, according to their own research
Charity is very important in Islam, and even more so during Ramadan. Zakāt, often translated as “the poor-rate”, is obligatory as one of the pillars of Islam; a fixed percentage of the person’s savings is required to be given to the poor.
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