Everything You Need To Know About Ramadan

Written By Vansh Goel

School : Heritage Xperiential Learning School Gurugram

The holy month of Ramadan is a very important time in the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan marks the time when prophet Muhammad received the words of the Qur’an. It is believed that prophet Muhammad was visited by an angel called Jibril (or Gabriel in English) who revealed to him the first words of the Qur’an. The Qur’an is the holy book of the Muslims. Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet, who received the teachings of Allah and who spread the Islamic faith.

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The dates for Ramadan change every year as it is observed based on the lunar calendar. This year Ramadan started on March 10 and will end on April 9.

What Is Ramadan? 

During this Holy month, Muslims do not eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This is called fasting. Fasting is important during Ramadan. The 27th night of Ramadan is celebrated as the Night of Power, or Laylat al-Qadr. On that night, it is said, God revealed the Qur’an, and Muslims spend extra hours in prayer. During Ramadan, Muslims also pray, do good deeds, and spend time with family and friends.

During Ramadan, Muslims have a meal at sunrise called Suhoor which means ‘of the dawn’. They then have a meal after sunset called Iftar which means ‘break of the fast’.

Eid Al-Fitr 

Ramadan officially ends when the religious officials first see the new moon. The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a big celebration called ‘Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr is the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims see their family, give gifts, and give thanks to their god, Allah.

Did You Know? 

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, the core beliefs of the Muslim faith. The other four pillars are prayer, faith, charity, and pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

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