Ramadan: A Quick Guide
The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time of reﬂection and piety. We have put together a short guide to understand the true spirit of Ramadan.
Why do Muslims fast?
Fasting is one of the fve pillars of Islam, which is compulsory for all Muslims except for pregnant women, elderly, indisposed and young children. Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is an important spiritual practice.
What do Muslims do during Ramadan?
During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is a time for spiritual discipline, profound contemplation, more prayer, increased charity and deep study of the Quran. Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast with friends and family.
What are the benefts of fasting?
Fasting evokes a feeling of inner peace and tranquility. The purpose of fasting for Muslims is to learn self-discipline, practice self-control, to develop God-consciousness, to purify the body, and to empathise with the poor and hungry.
What is the signifcance of charity during Ramadan?
Zakat is one of the fve pillars of Islam and serves principally as a welfare contribution to poor and underprivileged.
Why does Ramadan begin on a different day each year?
Since Muslims follow the lunar calendar, Ramadan starts around eleven days earlier every year. After 29 or 30 days, Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan with the festival of Eid al Fitr. Celebrations begin with the sighting of the new moon that signals the end of Ramadan.
Is Ramadan a good time to give up smoking?
The month of Ramadan offers a great opportunity to start some healthy habits and give up all forms of addictions including smoking.
We wish you a blessed and a peaceful Ramadan.