Every year, Muslims in the United Kingdom and around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.
The sacred period falls on the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar and is a time for worship, fasting, prayer, almsgiving, community spirit, and spiritual development.
During the month, observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking anything from dawn until sunset.
They will have breakfast before the sunrise, and dinner after the night’s fast.
Read on for everything you need to know about the religious month.
Every year, Muslims in the United Kingdom and around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. Pictured: A boy reading the Holy Quran on Eid 2022 in India
What is the date of Ramadan 2023?
Ramadan 2023 is expected to start on March 23, with the first fast starting at 5:55 am and ending at 6:20 pm. The starting date is determined by sighting the new crescent moon.
the Islamic Relief The website states that the last day of Ramadan will be on April 21, with sunrise at 5:51 am, and sunset at 8:09 pm.
What is Ramadan?
There are 12 lunar months superimposed on 12 solar months in the Islamic calendar, which means that the start date of the Ramada shifts every year by about 11 days per solar year.
Fasting Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and includes abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual relations while striving to maintain good morals.
Fasting is meant to strengthen “taqwa,” which can be translated as awareness of God. In addition to promoting spiritual discipline, abstaining from food and drink reminds the fasting person to be grateful for God’s bounties.
Muslims begin their fast at the exact time the sun rises each day and break their fast after sunset.
There is a pre-fasting meal before sunrise called suhoor. At sunset, the fast is broken – usually with water and dates, as was the custom of the Prophet Muhammad.
This is usually followed by sunset prayers before a larger communal meal known as iftar, shared with family and friends.
Who is expected to fast?
Children are not expected to fast before they reach puberty or the age of fourteen.
Those who are sick, traveling, menstruating, postpartum bleeding, or those with a medical condition can be exempted from fasting.
They can either fast later to make up for it, or feed the needy as an act of charity.
What happens during the month of Ramadan?
Palestinians shop for Ramadan decorations ahead of the holy month of Ramadan in the Old City of East Jerusalem on March 17, 2023.
Since Ramadan is the month of spiritual growth, devout Muslims leave plenty of time for prayer.
In addition to the five obligatory prayers, Muslims also participate in a special Ramadan prayer in the evening, called Tarawih (night prayers).
On the twenty-seventh night of the month, Muslims celebrate a special night called Laylat al-Qadr. This night is believed to be the night the Prophet Muhammad first recited the Qur’an and is considered the holiest night of Ramadan.
What is the feast?
After the month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which translates as “the feast of breaking the fast”, which is also called the feast.
Muslims wear new clothes to attend the mosque, where they recite a short recitation called takbir and eat something sweet.
People are also expected to donate to a charity called Zakat al-Fitr before participating in Eid prayers and celebrations.
It is also common for elders to give gifts and money to children and young relatives during the festivities. People wishing a happy Eid to their friends and family will use the phrase: “Eid Mubarak”.
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