Ramadan is an important holy month for Muslims across the globe. It’s the month when the devils are chained, the gates of hell are closed and those of paradise are opened. It’s the month the holy prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa alahi wasallam) used to pray to witness. It’s the Blessed Month of Ramadan. May ALLAH shower HiS Blessings and grant you Forgiveness in this Holy Month.
Ramadan (written as Ramazan, Ramadhan) is derived from the Arabic root word ‘ramida’ or ‘arramad’ that means intense scorching heat and dryness, especially of the ground. Ramadan begins after the month of Shaban, after the new moon has been sighted. In case new moon is not sighted then after 30 days of Shaban, Ramadan begins. The month of Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. If the moon is sighted on the night of 29th fast then the month of Shawwal begins from tomorrow and Ramadan is over. The 1st of Shawwal is the Eid also know as Eid-ul-fitr to distinguish it from Eid-ul-azha (Bakri Eid).
Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed. The Quran clearly says “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” – Al Baqarah, 2:183. Fasting is to be done by all able bodied men and women and children who have reached puberty. If a person is sick or has some medical reason or if a women is pregnant then they are waived from fasting.
Ramadan mubarak to all may Allah shower his blessing upon you. And your family his mercy envelope you. And may you experience inner peace and contentment Ameen. Ramadan mubarak to all my friends, family and my great readers.
During Ramadan the people who fast are not allowed to eat or drink anything (including water) from dawn to after sunset. Also one has to restrain other body parts, which may render the fast worthless despite the main factor of hunger and thirst; so the tongue.
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