What is Ramadan?

Ramadan (Arabic: رَمَضَان), also spelled as RamazanRamzanRamadhan, or Ramathan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It holds great significance for Muslims worldwide.

Here are some key points about Ramadan:

  • Fasting:

Ramadan is a month of fasting, during which Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn (Fajr) until sunset (Maghrib). This practice is known as sawm.

  • Spiritual Reflection:

It is a time for introspection, prayer (salat) in the mosque, and reading of the Quran. Muslims seek forgiveness for their past sins during this holy month.

  • Night of Power:

The “Night of Power” (Layla-tul-Qadr) is commemorated during one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, usually the 27th night. It is believed that God revealed the Qurʾān to the Prophet Muhammad on this night.

  • Community and Charity:

After the sunset prayer, Muslims gather in their homes or mosques to break their fast with a meal called ifṭār. This meal often begins with dates, following the custom of the Prophet Muhammad. Additionally, there are special nightly prayers called tawarīḥ.

  • Crescent Moon:

Ramadan begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon. Because the Muslim calendar year is shorter than the Gregorian calendar year, Ramadan shifts by 10–12 days earlier each year, allowing it to fall in every season throughout a 33-year cycle.

Ramadan is not only a period of atonement but also an opportunity for Muslims to practice self-restraint and engage in acts of charity and community

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