What is Ramadan?

                                     The holiest month in Islamic calender  

Now as only few days left to Ramadan, what is this month that celebrated by Muslims each year.
Millions of Muslims around the globe will likely mark the start of their number one holy month on Thursday. A month of worship and intense prayers.
AL HILAL or the Crescent comes along with the astronomical new moon and marks the beginning of Ramadan which usually estimate the beginning of Ramadan however geographical differences can change when Ramadan begins.
A night before the first fasting day is known by the performance of mass prayer named the prayer of AL TARAWIH that is performed later days of Ramadan after AL IFTAR which is the meal they have after a day of fasting.
Muslims fast from dawn to dusk after having the meal of SUHOOR; a pre dawn meal of power food to get them through the rest of the day.
What to know about the fasting is not just about keeping food and water out of your stomach but the Islamic religion specifically says that Muslims should not do many things either during the fasting of Ramadan such as avoiding gossiping, road rage, fights, cursing and disobedience with all its types. Moreover, in Ramadan Muslims tend to do their best to do good deeds and avoid all kind of sins and try to be close to their God, they give charity more than other days, feed the hungry, help the orphan and the widows set up public IFTAR for the homeless.
As Islam is a religion of softness, there is many exceptions in fasting for example, the children who haven’t reached puberty yet and the elderly, the pregnant, the sick, the traveller, people with diabetes and other diseases that requires urgent medicine and food, people with mental diseases …all those are excepted from Fasting however the majority of them are required to fast later when their situation has passed.
Many countries allow Muslims to fast and practice their religion freely like the United States, the EU, Russia, South America countries….however Muslims still have numerous difficulties in fasting or praying in many countries like India where the Muslim activities are restricted and bounded by unfair rules. And the minority Chinese Uighur Muslims who complain of heavy restrictions by the communist party, such as bans on fasting, forbidding children to attend mosques and women wearing veils…etc.
The end of Ramadan is marked by the intense worship as Muslims seek forgiveness and have their prayers answered during the holiest night of the year, “LAYLAT  AL QADR” or the Night of destiny. It is on this night in the last 10 days of Ramadan which is believed by Muslims to be the night when God sent the angel Gabriel to the prophet and revealed the very first verse of the Holy Quran.
Devout Muslims go into reclusion in these last days of Ramadan and spend all of their time worshiping in mosques.
After 30 days of fasting comes the first day of no- fasting, a day which is called EID AL FITR. In which children often receive new cloths, gifts…
Muslims attend the early Eid prayer to wish each other luck, blessings and they share love, forgiveness and open new page with all their brothers as a sign of repentance and faith.
After the prayer Muslims go and have a family sit where they all laugh and share solidarity, ask god to forgive their sins and accept their Ramadan.
Finally, families go to visit each other specifically children who take a roam all over their uncles, aunts and the rest of their families.

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