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10 facts about RAMADAN a Muslim should know.

10 facts about RAMADAN a Muslim should know.

  1. What is Ramadan?
    Ramadan, the ninth month on the Muslim calendar,
    is celebrated as the month when the first verses of
    the Quran were said to be revealed to the prophet
    Muhammad in 610 CE. Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of
    Power, is thought to be the actual day when the
    Quran was given to the prophet and usually falls
    within the last 10 days of the holiday.

  2. What is the purpose of Ramadan?
    During Ramadan , observers are expected to abstain
    from food, drink, and other pleasures from dawn to
    dusk. Removing these comforts from daily routine is
    intended to focus the mind on prayer, spirituality,
    and charity and to purify the body and mind.
    Muslims are also expected to abstain from impurities
    such as gossip and cursing.

  3. Exceptions to the fast:
    Several different groups are excused from fasting during Ramadan : pregnant women, people who are
    mentally or physically ill, and sometimes women who
    are breastfeeding. Children are not obligated to fast
    until they hit puberty, although many choose to
    observe the fast at least part of the month in
    preparation for later years.
    Sometimes political factors can also get in the way of
    the fast. In China , celebrating Ramadan has been
    banned by the government in Xinjian province,
    where ethnic Uighurs practice Islam. Last month,
    tensions between Uighurs and police force s led to
    widespread riots resulting in the deaths of some 35
    people.

  4. The start of Ramadan is determined by the moon
    The exact start of Ramadan is often up in the air until
    just before the holiday begins because it is
    determined by a sighting of the new moon. Many
    places still depend on someone seeing the new moon
    with the naked eye in order to declare the holiday. As
    a result, Ramadan’s start can vary from place to place
    because of weather conditions and other factors that
    affect how easily the moon is seen.
    However, countries are increasingly relying on
    astronomical calculations and observatories, leading
    to a more uniform start time. The Arab Gulf states, as
    well as Egypt , have declared Wednesday, July 10, to
    be the first full day of this year’s Ramadan, according
    to al-Arabiya.

  5. The date changes every year:
    Islam functions on a lunar calendar that doesn’t quite
    line up with the solar Gregorian calendar that the
    secular world uses. So while Muslim holidays are
    always the same day on the Muslim calendar, they
    happen on different days on the Gregorian calendar –
    typically moving 11 or 12 days earlier each year. In
    2012, Ramadan began on July 19.

  6. A month of big changes
    In countries where Muslims are the
    majority, Ramadan has a drastic impact on daily
    life. Egypt p ushes the clocks back an hour during the
    holy month so that the fast feels like it is ending
    earlier and the evenings are lengthened. Work days
    are made shorter during the month to accommodate
    the additional time spent in prayer and in enjoying
    festive meals to end the daily fast.
    According to bankers and economists in Muslim
    countries, Ramadan almost always ushers in a
    month-long period of inflation as people drastically
    increase the amount of money spent on clothing and
    food. The prices of certain staples go up dramatically
    – according to a former Monitor correspondent
    in Cairo , during Ramadan a cup of tea can cost six
    times its normal price . However, economic
    productivity also declines because of the shorter
    working hours and the general malaise among those
    abstaining from food and water all day.
    Ironically, many people gain weight during Ramadan.
    They are more sedentary during the daytime, eat
    richer food than normal at the fast-breaking iftar
    meal in the evenings, and get the majority of their
    daily calories at night, shortly before they go to sleep.

  7. Traveling during Ramadan
    Though it is the holiest month of the year, Ramadan
    does not prohibit long-distance travel. Many Muslims will still celebrate even while in transit.
    This year the Transportation Security Administration
    (TSA) , anticipating the holiday, issued a statement on
    its website informing travelers of the increase in
    religious activities they may see in airports, according
    to the National Journal. Some of the practices include
    reciting passages from the Quran, whispering
    prayers, or performing ablution (the washing of the
    body).
    If a non-Muslim wants to wish a fellow passenger a
    happy Ramadan, they can say Ramadan Mubarak,
    which means “have a blessed Ramadan.”

  8. Charity is an important part of Ramadan
    While most non-Muslims know of Ramadan for the
    fasting, charity is also an important part of the month
    long holiday.
    Muslims are obliged to give charity on a regular basis
    in the form of either Zakat, which is mandatory
    giving, or Sadaqa, which is voluntary and meant to go
    beyond the mere religious obligations. During
    Ramadan, the rewards of charity are considered
    greater. As a result, many Muslims will choose to give
    more during the month.

  9. The Five Pillars of Islam
    Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, the
    practices that all Muslims must follow. They are as
    follows:
    Shahada: This is a profession of belief in the one true
    God. The declaration usually goes as follows: “There
    is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet and
    servant.”
    Salat: Praying five time daily facing the direction of
    Mecca. Muslims must practice ablution before the
    prayers.
    Zakat: The giving of charity to the poor and needy.
    Sawm: Fasting during the month of Ramadan.
    Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca that each Muslim must
    make at least once in his or her lifetime.

  10. Eid ul Fitr
    The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid ul Fitr , a large
    festival to celebrate the end of the fast. The
    celebration begins as soon as the new moon is sighted in the sky. During Eid, Muslims celebrate by
    putting on their best clothing, attending large
    processions, giving gifts, spending time with their
    family, and having a large meal during the day.
    Muslims must also contribute a certain amount to
    charity so that the poor may also celebrate the
    breaking of the fast.
    Eid ul Fitr is also considered a time of reverance.
    Muslims praise Allah (God) for helping them get
    through the month, and ask for forgiveness for the
    sins they’ve committed.

Source: The Christian science monitor.
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