RAMADAN Each week I will be adding to this post, facts and pictures about Ramadan. It is a month long fast and has many interesting facts to learn. Enjoy!
FACTS #1: Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time of fasting for the Islamic people and they are expected to abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from dawn to dusk.
FACTS #2: Removing these comforts from daily routine is intended to focus the mind on prayer, spirituality, patience and charity and to purify the body and mind. It is a time to focus attention on God, and put into practice, selflessness. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God and to put forward more prayer than is customary.
FACTS #3: Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of the Islam religion, and one of the main types of Islamic worship. Restraint from everyday enjoyment and curbing wicked intentions and cravings are considered as an act of compliance and obedience to God, as well as amends for sins, faults, and mistakes.
FACTS #4: Ramadan was the month in which the initial verses of the Qur’an were said to be shown to Muhammad, the Islamic Prophet.
FACTS #5: During Ramadan the law requires adherence of the fast in public. You must not eat or drink in public.
FACTS #6: Each day before dawn, Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called suhoor.
FACTS #7: At sunset, families hasten for the fast-breaking meal known as iftar.
FACTS #8: In the evening, some dates are usually the first foods to break the fast; according to tradition, Muhammad broke fast with three dates.
FACTS #9: It is said that during Ramadan, God has sent his angels to listen to your prayers. Your prayers are more heard during this time and so, people spend more time praying. Asking for forgiveness of their faults or sins. Cleansing their souls and starting fresh. Forgiving and creating good between others. Re-focusing on one’s self and on the worship of God.
FACTS #10: Ramadan dates differ, moving forward approximately ten days every year due to the fact that it is a moving holiday which is dependent on the moon.
FACTS #11:During the last ten days of Ramadan, Muslims seek and observe the Night of Power (Leyla al-Qadr). Tradition holds that the Night of Power is the night that the first revelation of the Qur’an was sent down to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims are instructed to “seek” the Night of Power during the last ten days of Ramadan, particularly on the odd nights (ie. the 23rd, 25th and 27th). It is reported that the Prophet said: “Whoever stays up (in prayer and remembrance of Allah) on the Night of Qadr, fully believing (in Allah’s promise of reward) and hoping to seek reward, he shall be forgiven for his past sins.” It is believed to be a time of intense spirituality, when the believers are surrounded by angels, the gates of heaven are open, and God’s blessings and mercy are abundant.
FACTS #12: At the end of the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world enjoy a 3-day holiday known as “Eid al-Fitr” (Festival of Fast-Breaking).
With Ramadan getting close to coming to an end for this year, I have to say I was so very lucky to spend this month with a lot of wonderful people and had such a great experience. These days have such a spiritual feeling to them and you really get to see how much people will sacrifice for what they believe in. This year wasn’t as easy for me to take part in the fasting for the entire time, as it is extremely hot here this year and I needed water. However, I’m truly taken by all the people in the world who do this. It shows so much strength and power. Thank you to all of the people who invited me into there home”s for iftar and Imam Sadiq University for their warmth and kindness on the last Qadr night.