There are five pillars of Islam. Touheed, Namaz, Roza(fasting), Zakat, Haj. Roza(fasting) is the third pillar of Islam that Muslims do in Ramdam. Ramadan is an Arabic word, that means “the hot month,” from ramad, meaning “dryness.”It lasts for 29 to 30 days, which is roughly a month.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It lasts a whole month. The Islamic calendar is based on the cycle of the moon so dates change every year.
The 5 pillars of Islam are the key practices that Muslims should follow.
Ramadan is the month when Qur’an ( Islamic holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The night through Qur’an was revealed as a night known as Lailut ul-Qadr (‘The Night of Power’).
During Ramadan, we greet someone by saying “Ramadan Mubarak” which means “Have a blessed Ramadan.”
Things Muslims do during Ramadan
Muslims have their meal at sunrise called Suhoor which means ‘of the dawn’. The fast is ended with an evening meal, called iftar, once the sun goes down.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims must fast, every day from dawn to sunset. Fasting needs to stop sex, food, drink, and smoking.
For Muslims, it’s a time for spirituality and growth, to help those in need, and to spend time with oneself. All Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours for the whole month of Ramadan.
During the day Muslims spend extra time and attention on spiritual activities, such as praying and reading the Quran.
Vimto sales increase during Ramadan
Even though it is not a tradition, many British Muslims enjoy Vimto when they break their fast so much, so that sales of Vimto increase during Ramadan.
At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate a festival called ‘Eid ul-Fitar’
During Eid, ul-Fitr Muslims wear new Clothes, offer Eid prayer, meet their family, and give Eidi and thanks to Allah as a reward.
The Prophet Muhammad and his followers fast to show thanks to God, similar to what Muslims do now.
Laylat al Qadar
Laylat al Qadar is only one night but it falls in the last 10 days of Ramadan on one of the odd-number nights 21, 23, 25, 27, 29.
Consequently, these last 10 days are the most divine in the Islamic calendar and are a significant time for Muslims all over the world.
It is the night that is better than thousands of years. On this night, Allah answered all the prayers and miraculously blessed them.
What is kaffarah? Kaffara (expiation) is a way to compensate for individuals who consciously miss or break their fast during Ramadan without a valid reason. According to the Hanafi school, if a person misses a day of fasting unnecessarily, he or she should either fast for 60 consecutive days or feed 60 poor people.
Allah blessed Islam with easiness. For example, if you are pregnant, elderly, or unwell you do not need to fast. You should only fast if you are medically fit and healthy.
If you don’t fast because of health issues, you have to feed the poor by fasting for 30 days.
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Benefits of fasting
- Fasting has various benefits. According to research, it cleanses different systems, improves metabolism and general immunity, and provides benefits at the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels.
- Fasting helps to use the fat reserves, Also cleanses your body of harmful toxins that are present in fat deposits. With one month of fasting, your body detoxifies naturally.
- Essentially, fasting boosts cognitive performance, reduces inflammation, and protects from chronic diseases.
- When we fast, the body does not have access to glucose, it forces the cells to resort to other means and materials to produce energy.
- Fasting helps you lose excess weight and water, helps you to heal, cleanses your liver, kidney, and colon purifies your blood, clears the eyes and tongue, and cleanses the breath.