Ramadan 2017: The Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims. Every year, Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, but what is it really about? The holy month of Islamic calendar began on the evening of Friday, May 26, 2017. The month will last for 29 days and will be celebrated by approximately 1.6 billion Muslims around the world.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Healthy adult Muslims fast in Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during Ramadan.
Muslims also believe that the Quran was revealed in Ramadan.During the holy month, Muslims would wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and they break their fast with a meal referred to as iftar.
It is common for mosques to host large iftars, especially for the poor and needy. Nightly prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques after iftar.
Different cultures have different traditions during Ramadan, whether it is a special food they must cook, or eating iftar with the extended family. Islamic tenets, such as generosity, inspired most of these traditions, such as sharing food and inviting guests over for iftar.
When is Ramadan 2017?
This year Ramadan started on May 27 and finishes TODAY (June 24).Following this, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which is often known as Eid.The Eid celebration, which is to be held on Sunday, marks the end of the Ramadan fasting and the start of the next month, Shawwal.
Why is Ramadan Holy?
Muslims believe the Koran was revealed during the ninth month of the holy calendar, Ramadan.Their teaching says that the Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God during this time, which made up their holy guide.In light of this, Muslims will read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month.
How to Celebrate Ramadan 2017
Ramadan is considered a time for intense prayer and religious devotion, with Muslims encouraged to observe five daily prayers throughout the day.Many will recite the Quran just before sunset and the start of their feasting.Often people will donate money to charity during Ramadan and help to feed the hungry.And Muslims will also take the time to cut down on other vices such as gossiping, swearing, and fighting.Married couples refrain from sexual intercourse during the day.
When does Ramadan end?
This year, Saturday will be the 29th day of Ramadan for Saudi Arabia and the 33 countries that started observing the fasting month on May 27.These countries will be on the lookout for the Eid moon that evening. If it is sighted, the first day of Eid al-Fitr will be observed on Sunday, June 25.Otherwise, Ramadan fasting will carry on for 30 days and Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday, June 26.