What’s Ramadan

Facts about Ramadan

Suhoor – That is the meal before the first ray of light, time is set with precision and announced in advance, calendars are already published.  The cut off time on the first day of fasting is 3:47 AM on Monday, June 6th 2016, and each day it changes with a few seconds.

Fasting – Fasting is complete with fast of body, mind, heart and soul. One stops eating and drinking and abstaining from sensual pleasures at 3:47 AM and continues through 8:25 PM on the first day of Ramadan, and each day the time adjusts for a few seconds. That is 17 + Hours of total fasting. In winter months it runs 8-10 hours. Lunar calendar is short by 11 days in a given year. Once in 33 years, Ramadan comes at the same time.

Iftaar – Breaking the fast, usually at Sunset, the time established for New York on the first day of Iftaar is 8:25 PM. Normally the fast is broken in groups at the mosque, someone’s home or a friends’ place.  Generally fast is broken with a date, fruit, or veggies and Milk, water or juice, check out the pictures from around the world in the Browse Section.

Taraveeh – Special prayers after dinner, not all Muslims observe as it is. However prayers five times a day is a normal routine and continue in Ramadan.

Dates is the most consumed fruit item in Ramadan, nearly 1. 6 billion Muslims break their fast with at least 2 or 3 dates – that’s 5 billion dates on a given day for nearly 29 days – 150 Billion Dates!

For 29 to 30 Days – Muslims are completely absorbed in the observance of Ramadan. I pray Ramadan makes on a better human.

Ramadan Mubarak  or Blessings of Ramadan Kareem are typical greetings.

Eid Mubarak – this is the celebration of successful completion of Ramadan at the end of the 29th or 30th day, depending on moon sighting.  Eid Mubarak is the typical greetings.

What’s Ramadan

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.

During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from all food, drink, and other physical and pleasure needs during the daylight hours. Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking; it is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-discipline and sacrifice.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is considered one of the 5 Pillars of Islam — five activities that shape a Muslim’s life. Prayer occurs on a daily basis; pilgrimage is done once in a lifetime; charity and professing one’s faith are both ongoing. Fasting the month of Ramadan is an annual observance; every year, Muslims take an entire month out of their lives to observe this strict fast and rededicate themselves to worship and faith.

The evenings are spent enjoying family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Quran.

Observing the Fast of Ramadan

The fast of Ramadan has both spiritual significance and physical effects. In addition to the basic requirements of the fast, there are additional and recommended practices in order to gain the most benefit from the experience.

To Do list

During Ramadan, there are many things that you can do to increase the strength of your faith, keep healthy, and participate in community activities. Follow this to-do list to make the most of the holy month!

Read Quran

It should be the focus of our worship and effort, with time for both reading and reflection. Think how Quran contributes towards creating a better world for every human. Quran is a book of guidance to create cohesive societies where every one of God’s creation has his or her own dignified space. Quran is about respecting the otherness of others, as God has deliberately made us into different tribes, races, religions and No one is superior or inferior to the other and no one should be compelled to believe in what you believe, and no one should be compelled to worship what you worship. Quran is about guiding you to be responsible and accountable for your own actions.

Engage in Prayers

“Turn to” Allah throughout the day, every day. Make du’a: remember His blessings, repent and ask forgiveness for your shortcomings, seek guidance for decisions in your life, ask for mercy for your loved ones, and more. Du’a can be done in your own language, in your own words, or you can turn to samples from the Quran and Sunnah.
Keep and build relationships

Ramadan is a community-bonding experience.

All over the world, beyond national borders and linguistic or cultural barriers, Muslims of all types are fasting together during this month. Join with others, meet new people, and spend time with loved ones whom you haven’t seen in a while. There is great benefit and mercy in spending your time visiting relatives, the elderly, the sick, and the lonely. Reach out to someone every day!

Reflect on and improve yourself

This is the time to reflect on yourself as a person, and to identify areas in need of change. We all make mistakes and develop bad habits. Do you tend to speak a lot about other people? Tell white lies when it is just as easy to speak the truth? Turn your eyes when you should lower your gaze? Become angry quickly? Regularly sleep through Fajr prayer? Be honest with yourself, and strive to make just one change during this month. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to change everything at once, as it will much harder to maintain. The Prophet Muhammad advised us that small improvements, done consistently, are better than large but unsuccessful attempts. So start with one change, then move on from there.

Give in charity

It doesn’t have to be money… Perhaps you can go through your closets and donate quality used clothing. Or spend some volunteer hours helping a local community organization. If you usually make your Zakat payments during Ramadan, do some calculations now to find out how much you need to pay. Research approved Islamic charitiesthat can put your donations to use for the needy.

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