How to Celebrate Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar (Ramadan from Arabic ramida or ar-ramad). Traditionally it is a month of fasting. Fasting isnít the only thing to do, there are other Ramadan practices, too. The month lasts from 29 to 30 days, the exact number of days is figured out basing on sightings of the crescent moon. Fasting is what every genuine Muslim should do. Ones who are sick can skip fasting. Pregnant women donít have to fast either, neither do children, for obvious reasons: they need a lot of nutrient elements and they shouldnít keep to a strict diet. To learn more about Ramadan, read information below.
The first day
The first day of Ramadan is the day after new moon. As the new moon is the beginning of a month, Muslims celebrate the beginning of Ramadan. Moon calendar is shorter than Gregorian calendar, and the date of Ramadan shifts every year. As mentioned above, there are many practices during Ramadan and we are going to view them.
As mentioned above, only children, old people, pregnant women, sick people and women who have menstrual bleeding are allowed to skip fasting. But they can join afterwards, and people who are sick can join in once they recover. Ramadan fast isnít ordinary fast. You are not allowed to eat anything from dawn till dusk. While fasting, Muslims are supposed to put more efforts in following the teachings of Islam. During fast one is not allowed to eat from dawn till sunset, have sexual intercourse, or anything else that can be considered sinful. Suhoor is a pre-fast meal that Muslims consume before dawn, and Iftar is meal consumed after dark.
Charity is encouraged in Islam, and it is even more encouraged during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan all give to charity as much as they can possibly give, keeping in mind that on the Day of Judgment there will be reward awaiting them. Money, clothes, food, it all can be given to charity.
In addition to fasting and charity Muslims are encouraged to re-read Quran and analyze it once again. During this month Muslims pray more and recite pieces of Quran that they find more applicable to their life situation, or the pieces they find more inspiring. It is recommended that Muslims cite the whole book within the month.
No food or liquids at daytime. No fasting if you are a pregnant woman, a sick or old person, or a child (although it is optional and anyone can fast if they want to Ė it is a personal choice). If you accidentally take a sip of water (e.g. while swimming), it is ok. Ones who canít fast are still welcome to help the poor.
No sexual intercourse
Sexual intercourse at daytime breaks the rules of fasting, too. It works the same way as with food or drinks (BTW: no alcohol during Ramadan): you are allowed to have it during the period of time from dusk till dawn.
Ramadan is a holy month and all Muslims should follow these rules, it is an important thing in Islam. It helps to learn more about yourself, and enjoy doing good deeds, clear your body and mind via fast. Holy month of Ramadan is the most important month of a year, and sticking to traditions is essential.
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