Important Practices in the holy month of Ramadan

Ramadan –It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is also called as Ramazan.  Ramzan is observed by Muslims as a month of fast across the world including in India. According to the Islamic belief, Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is an Arabic word that means dryness or scorching heat. It is observed as the month of fasting, praying, and doing good things for 29 or 30 days.

. Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims due to Quaran’s first revelation to Mohammad (A.S), the prophet. Ramadan is a month of worship, blessings, spiritual reflection, and increased devotions.  Holy Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan which is a source of true guidance for all mankind.

Important practices in Ramadan – There are several important practices in Ramadan are as given below –

  • Fasting – The fast starts in the early morning after sehri and ends at sunset. During fasting, devotees avoid eating and drinking the whole day. It is believed that fasting teaches self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and cleanses the soul.  In addition, Muslims must abstain from illegal activities and also avoid sexual relationships with their partners. Normally, fasting is observed from dawn to sunset, but Muslims who live in the polar region, observe the timings of Mecca. Fasting is not compulsory for elderly people or people with several medical issues.
  • Sehri – The term ‘’Sehri’’ comes from Persian and is also called as Sahur or Suhoor in Arabic word. It is a time when the meal taken by Muslims early in the morning before Fajr (Morning) prayer is known as Sehri and is the last meal before fasting.  Sehri is very important for fasting due to it avoids weakness caused by the fast. In earlier days, people were awakened by beating drums while roaring on the roads and streets. The man is also called as ‘’Musahrati’’ must have good health and voice. Now, the modern method is setting off an alarm on mobile phones. Normally, people get up at 3:30 A.M in sehri.
  • Iftar – The opening of the fast at sunset by taking the meal with water is called Iftar. Normally, iftar is done by eating dales (Khajoor), taking water, juice, pakora, or any soft drink and sweets.
  • Night Prayers – A ‘’Taraweeh” is an additional night prayer where the Quran is recited during the prayer (Namaz)in the holy month of Ramadan
  • Recitation of Quran – Generally, Muslims try to recite the whole Quran during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Laylatul Qadr Prayer – The holiest night during the pious month of Ramadan is known as ‘’Layla Tul qadr’’. It is believed that the last 10 days of Ramzan are on odd numbers of nights. Generally, it is believed to occur between the 23rd and 29th night of Ramzan. Muslims pray the whole night on these days in the holy month of Ramadan. A Muslim is also blessed with a night (Laila-tul-Qadr) that is better than a thousand months in the holy month of Ramadan
  • Zakat or Charity – The believers is required to give the poor a fixed percentage of their income in the holy month of Raman before eid-ul-fitr. Thus, as per Muslims, Ramadan teaches them self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate.

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