Monday, July 8, 2013

Ramadan Mubarak to my Muslim readers!

I would like to wish all of my Muslim readers Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, which by the way, is a lunar calendar.  The date of Ramadan moves every year; this year it stretches from sunset Monday, July 8th, to sunset Wednesday, August, 7th. The dates for Ramadan may be different, though, in different parts of the world.  The year right now in the Islamic calendar is 1434 A.H.  During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, to with the intention of increasing spirituality, humility and patience.  They fast for the sake of Allah (God in Arabic), and to cleanse the soul, focus attention on God, and put into practice selflessness.  During this time Muslims pray more; in addition to the five prayers a day they may offer salat, or prayers.

Ramadan is very important to the Muslim religion, and is one of the five pillars of Islam.  Muslims not only fast from food, but also refrain from drinking liquids, smoking, immoral acts, gossiping, and engaging in sexual relations.  There are exemptions for fasting, and they include those traveling, menstruating, severely ill, pregnant, and breast-feeding.  The before dawn meal they eat is called subhoor, and the post sunset meal they eat is called iftar.  Traditionally there are certain foods that are served at both meals.  A Muslim must perform charity during Ramadan, as well.  After Ramadan is over, the celebration is called Eid ul-Fitr, which is the first day of the next month, Shawwal.  To wish a Muslim a happy Ramadan, you would say Ramadan Mubarak, or Ramadan Kareem.

1 comment:

  1. Happy Ramadan Mubarak 1434 to all! Have an awesome fast long blessing month? In Bangladesh 1st Ramadan will be star from 11.07.2013. May Allah bless all Entire World Muslims. Thanks for this post.


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