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PostSubject: Ramadan : Month of fasting   Sat 14 Aug - 14:10

Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakathu wamaghfiratuhu

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam uses a lunar
calendar - that is, each month begins with the sighting of the new
moon. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the
solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays "move" each year. .

For more than a billion Muslims around the world-including some 8
million in North America-Ramadan is a "month of blessing" marked by
prayer, fasting, and charity. This year Ramadan precedes Christmas and
overlaps Hanukkah.

But while in many places these holidays have become widely
commercialized, Ramadan retains its focus on self-sacrifice and
devotion to God (Allah in Arabic).

Why this month?

Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah revealed the
first verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. Around 610 A.D., the
prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, used to go out to the desert near
Mecca (in today's Saudi Arabia) to think about faith, society and God.

One night a voice called to him from the night sky. It was the angel
Gabriel, who told Muhammad he had been chosen to receive the word of
Allah. In the days that followed, Muhammad found himself speaking the
verses that would be transcribed as the Quran.

At many mosques during Ramadan, about one thirtieth of the Quran is
recited each night in prayers known as Tarawih. In this way, by the end
of the month the complete scripture will have been recited.

Why do Muslims fast?

Muslims practice Sawm, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan.
This means that they may eat or drink nothing, including water, while
the sun is up as well as making a special effort to avoid sins. Fasting
is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. As with other Islamic
duties, all able Muslims take part in Sawm from about age twelve.

Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hungry and thirsty,
Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an
opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind.
And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace
that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow

During Ramadan in the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during
the daylight hours. Families get up early for suhoor, a meal eaten
before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a
meal known as Iftar. Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet drinks
that provide a quick energy boost.

How does Ramadan end?

Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2003 occurs on
November 26. Literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," Eid al-Fitr
is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs
after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people dress in
their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations,
give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family.

A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although
charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special
significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close,
Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and
making contributions to Mosques

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PostSubject: Re: Ramadan : Month of fasting   Sat 14 Aug - 18:07

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In the days that followed, Muhammad found himself speaking the verses that would be transcribed as the Quran

I think there is something wrong here.
The Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) didn't find himself speaking verses
but it was sent to him by Allah (God) through the Angel Gabriel every occasion.
That's why Quran is full of many solutions to the different problems and situations
that face a Muslim (and non-Muslim as well) in his/her daily life.

Is there anything more than this?

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