Hello my dear readers and As-salamu alaykum!
My goal with this blog is to, besides enjoying writing, help you get to know with unknown concepts and things you might want to know about.
That’s the reason why I’m writing this post – to help you to meet the Ramadan.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the 9th month in Islamic calendar and the month when Quran (the Holy Book) was released.
Why Muslims fast in Ramadan?
We, Muslims, believe in Allah who order us the things to do in the Quran and fasting is one of them. Fasting improves every Muslim’s faith and patience.
How do Muslims fast?
There are two main parts of this : the Suhur (or pre-fast meal) and Iftar (meal which breaks fast). Suhur is a pre-fast meal done before the dawn and Iftar is a meal which basically breaks fast and is done after sunset. In the time between Suhur and Iftar, Muslims cannot eat, drink, smoke or have sexual relations.
Who can(not) fast?
It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy and sane, and have no disabilities or illnesses. Many children endeavour to complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life. Exemptions to fasting are travel, menstruation, severe illness, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Muslim women who have mensturation cannot fast but they need to fast after Ramadan the days they missed.
Why is Ramadan so special?
As I said, it is the month when Quran was released, but besides that it is special because good deeds in Ramadan will be multiplied with by 70! That’s why Muslims try their hardest to do good in this month such as being charitable, recite and teach Quran, preform obligatory prayers etc.
Which is the most special day or night of Ramadan?
Layla-tul-Qadr is the most special night of the whole year, not just Ramdan. In this night, if a man repent, all his sins are erased! That’s the Night of Power, when the first verses of Quran were revealed to our Prophet Muhammad. Muslims don’t know the real date of this night but we know that it is to be found in the last 10 odd days of Ramadan and it is better than 1000 months of worship. Muslims believe that on this night the blessings and mercy of Allah are abundant, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angels who also descend to earth.