So…. Ramadan, a significant month in the Islamic Calender is here for the year. Today is day 1 of 30…
WHAT IS RAMADAN?
It is what marks the days in the Islamic calander where Muslims believe the Holy Quraan was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
WHAT HAPPENS DURING RAMADAN?
During Ramadan, practising Muslims who have reached the age of puberty are expected to fast and obstain from eating or drinking anything from sunrise to sunset. If the full moon is sighted (in this case last Friday), then the fast takes place on the next day. if not, then the following day. Muslims pray Quraan, with many striving to complete the whole Quraan over the course of the month, and some choose to complete it many times over. Extra prayers called ‘Taraweeh’ can also be chosen to be completed after the fifth prayer of the day.
WHY DO YOU DO IT?
Ramadan is not as simple as just not eating. It’s a time to spiritually cleanse yourself and come closer to God. You obstain and take extra precaution not to commit sins and hopefully carry that on outside of Ramadan. It brings the community together, and as you can expect a lot more people going to the Mosque to pray, you can expect to see young people aspiring for change through donating to charity and taking part in activities which make them an overall better person. It is also a time for us to feel what the poor go through on a day to day basis and keep them all closer to our prayers.
DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO FAST?
Not everyone. Those who are old, sick or weak are not required to fast, as well as young children, pregnant woman, or woman on their menstrual cycle. Those who are old enough and healthy enough are expected to make this fast.
WHEN CAN YOU EAT?
The fast is broken at sunset, which is just before the fourth prayer of the day (Magrib). It is traditionally broken with dates, as that is what the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would break his fast with. You are then free to eat until the call to prayer of the first prayer of the next day (Fajr).
If you have any questions let me know 🙂
This is the video link where I explain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6pYvwyL-cY#