What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. For Islams, Ramadan is a period of introspection communion prayer in the mosque and reading of the Quran. Muslims believe that it was in the final 10 nights of Ramadan that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
Ramadan begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon. Since the Muslim calendar year is shorter than the Gregorian calendar year, Ramadan begins 10 to 12 days earlier each year.
In this period, it is believed that God forgives the past sins of those who observe the holy month by fasting, praying and having faithful intentions.
The 2021 Ramadan calendar
the Islamic calendar follows the faces of the Moon commonly known as the 'lunar cycle'. The Ramadan start date for 2021 was expected to begin on Monday 12th April 2021, following the sighting of the Moon over Mecca. Ramadan will then take a period of 30 days. Fasting for 30 days, Ramadan will end on Tuesday 11th May 2021. This period of Ramadan normally ends with the celebratory days of Eid al-Fitr.Eid al-Fitr will start on Wednesday 12th May 2021 or Thursday 13th May 2021.
Significance of Ramadan
Ramadan is a period of fasting and spiritual growth. In this period, Muslims are expected to declare Faith daily prayer arms giving and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Able-bodied Muslims are expected to abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from Dawn to sunset each day of the month. Many Muslims also perform additional prayers especially at night and attempt to recite the entire Quran. The Quran states that, fasting was prescribed for believers so that they may be conscious of God.
By abstaining from water and other things that people take for granted, it is believed one may be moved to reflect on the purpose of life and grow close to the Creator and sustainer of all existence.
Did you know that Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan by feasting?
Well, Ramadan normally ends with celebrated days of Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr means 'Festival of Breaking the Fast'. It is the important holiday that follows the month of Ramadan and is celebrated for up to three days. Eid al-Fitr is usually a time for great feasts giving of gifts to children and spending time with those dearest to you.
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