Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar. It is the holiest month of the year. It is believed that all the doors of hell are closed during this month. This month is dedicated to recitation of Quran and prayers, fasting and introspection during the sunlight hours. But fasting does not only mean to keep away from eating and drinking.
It is also meant for refraining from evil thoughts and deeds to do self purification. Muslim devotees observing the holy month break their fast with an evening meal called Iftar. They usually break their fast with a sip of water and some dates.
What is Ramadan Fasting
Fasting is one of five pillars of Islam. It is mandatory for every adult Muslim who has crossed the age of puberty. Muslims are not allowed to eat anything during the sunlight hours. Muslims keep fast to develop and strengthen the power of self control. It help to resist bad habits and wrong desires and therefore guard them against evil. In fasting people exercise their ability to self restrain by refraining from natural human urges.
So that they can then use it in their daily lives to bring self improvement. It helps them to attain closeness and nearness to God as they bear rigours of fasting purely and only for the sake of following Divine commands. Fasting intensifies the consciousness of God in heart that results in higher spiritual experience. It helps them to learn to keep away from usurping others’ belongings and rights. Generosity and charity are mostly urged Charity and generosity is especially urged during Ramadan.
Fasting helps people to learn to give and not take. The deprivation of fasting make people sympathize with those who are suffering. It reminds them of the blessings that people normally take for granted. Fasting do not just consist of refraining from every kind of wrong doings and selfish desires. The fast is not only for the body but it also cleanse our spirits.
How Long Is Ramadan Fasting
Ramadan last for 29 or 30 days (a month)depending upon the sighting of the sun. The month of Islamic year is decided by the revolution of moon around the earth. Such months are also called the lunar months.
Fasting last for fifteen to twenty hours. This time differs from place to place and from country to country. Worshipers are not allowed to eat and drink anything during daylight hours.
When Does Ramadan Start This Year
When does Ramadan Start 2019, people usually ask this question. Well Ramadan are starting from 7 May in 2019. This is a tentative date, it may or may not change depending upon the sighting of the moon.