What is Ramadan all about? What do Muslims celebrate during what they call “The holiest month of the year”? Read the article to find out these answers.
Ramadan is coming. It is one of the most important times of the year for followers of Islam. However, despite much fuss around it in the mass media, not all of us know what actually is celebrated during this period of time.
Since Muslim holidays are celebrated according to the lunar calendar, not the Gregorian one the rest of the world live by, each year there is a certain shift in the dates of Ramadan. Even Google search engine is aware of the Ramadan calendar shifts; that is why it leaves a small disclaimer explaining that “each year dates are changing”.
Ramadan 2016 will take place between June 5 and July 4. It is one of those rituals that religious Muslims consider important for their spiritual life. Among other core traditions are generous giving, testimony of their beliefs, regular prayers and Mecca-pilgrimage.
Ramadan was called a “holy month” by Prophet Mohammed who claimed that during this time “gates of hell are closed and gates of heaven are opened’. Moreover, this was the month when he started writing the book of Quran inspired by God on the “The Night of Power”.
So how is it celebrated?
- Muslims keep their regular prayers. It is an essential part of their religion, and especially during the “holiest month” they add some extra time to their prayer routine.
- The core part of Ramadan is fasting. It is an interesting spiritual discipline which we will discuss a bit later.
- Ramadan also includes much fellowship. As the followers explain, they feel very special when knowing that millions of other Muslims around the world experience the same feeling of hunger of thirst. It is considered to unite them and add more excitement to their fellowship.
Fasting during Ramadan is so important that we should talk about it more. Muslim fasting is different than that of Christians. For some reason, Muslims believe that they are allowed to eat during the dark time of the day while Christians fast the whole day.
Considering the fasting time, they are not allowed to either drink or eat. Some youngsters still chew gums to make them feel better. However, the laws say that they should restrain from it to practice the spiritual discipline.
In this regard, they usually wake before dawn to have their first meal. The meal consists of great quantities of high-protein food as well as much water. They eat and drink as much as possible in order ot be able to function normally during the day.
Normally, Muslims go to work on Ramadan; though some countries or enterprises whose owners are Muslims let them go home earlier in the view of the holiday.
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There are two reasons for fasting during Ramadan:
- To remind yourself that you are just a weak human dependent on God and His strength which He provides you with through food and water.
- To feel what it feels like to have no food or water in order to encourage people be more generous in their charitable giving throughout the year.
So this is what Ramadan is all about and that is how it is celebrated. Check out more about Muslim traditions and beliefs on our website.
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