RAMADAN (The Holy Moth of Muslims)
Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar. The month of Ramadan and when it is believed that the Holy Quran was “sent from heaven, became a guide for the people, a proclamation of guidance, and a way of salvation”
Ramadan is a time when Muslims focus on their faith and spend less time worrying about their daily lives
During the fast of Ramadan fasting is placed in the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the day. Smoking and sexual intercourse are also prohibited during fasting. At the end of the day fasting is broken through prayer and a meal called iftar. The evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out and visit family and friends. Fasting begins the next morning
One can eat and drink at any time during the night “until you can clearly distinguish the white cord from the black cord during the day: and keep yourself fasting until nightfall”
The benefits of fasting can be ruined by five things –
This is considered to be always annoying, but it is especially annoying during Ramadan fasting
. In addition to the five daily prayers, during Ramadan Muslims recite a special prayer called the Taraweeh (Night Prayer). The length of this prayer is usually 2-3 times more than the daily prayers. Some Muslims spend the night praying
On the evening of the 27th day of the month, Muslims celebrate Laylat-al-Qadr (Night of Power). Some communities in North America are fasting to be used to justify sin and prevent disaster.
What are 3 main reason for fasting in Ramadan?
Muslims believe that Ramadan teaches them self-discipline, self-control, self-sacrifice and compassion for those in need, thus encouraging acts of charitable giving (zakat).
Importance of fasting
Fasting is a practice associated with a variety of potential health benefits; including weight loss, as well as control of blood sugar, heart health, brain function and cancer prevention.
What are the advantages of Ramadan?
This includes only fasting within certain hours, such as the form of fasting practiced by Muslims during Ramadan (The Holy Moth of Muslims). “Proven benefits include improved sleep and evidence of a lower risk of other cancers, in particular, breast cancer.”
What is the proper way of fasting?
Keep Your Fast Times Short. …
Eat In Small Measures On Fast Days. …
Keep Watery. …
Go for a Walk or Meditation. …
Do Not break fast with Feast.
Stop Fasting If You Feel Unwell. …
Eat Enough Protein. …
Eat plenty of whole foods on fasting days.
The beginning and the ending of fasting in mosques
According to the tradition passed down from Muhammad, Muslims eat a pre-breakfast called sehari. All food and drink should be completed before the adhan of fajr, the pre-morning call for prayer. Unlike the zuhr and maghrib prayers, which have explicit descriptions of the stars (in the afternoon and after sunset), there are several meanings used to make the time of the “true dawn” (al-fajr al-Sadiq), as stated in the hadith. This is when the solar center is 12 to 21 degrees below the atmosphere  which is about 40 to 60 minutes before dawn. There are no restrictions on breakfast other than those of Islamic dietary rules. After completing the suhur, Muslims recite the fajr prayer. No food or drink can be taken after suhur. Water can enter the mouth, but can be swallowed, during wudu.
A meal eaten to end the fast is known as iftar. Muslims break the fast with days and water before the maghrib prayer, after which they can eat healthy food.