Ramzan or Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar and one of the most critical times of the year for Muslims, who believe that it was during this month that Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Every year, Muslims worldwide fast during daylight hours in Ramadan, which is beneficial for spiritual purposes and provides many health benefits. If you’re unfamiliar with Ramzan or Ramadan, read on to learn more about it!
1. Islamic Calendar
The Islamic Calendar is a lunar one, meaning that it measures time by cycles of moon phases. There are twelve months in an Islamic year, and each month lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on when the new moon occurs. Since a complete cycle around the sun takes about 365 1/4 days (or about 11 days longer than a lunar year), every fourth year, there’s an extra leap month—the 13th in a series of 14—called Adhām al-Ḥajjah (the Ghoulish One). This keeps holidays from drifting too far out of sync with seasons: Ramzan or Ramadan falls during summertime; Eid ul-Fitr marks cooler weather at wintertime; and so on.
2. Fasting During Ramadan
Muslims worldwide will abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset every day for 30 days. The fast is one of Islam’s five pillars—and it’s important because of how it connects us with our fellow humans. Fasting during Ramadan teaches us discipline and strengthens our relationship with God. It provides a chance to recognize those less fortunate than we are and provides a much-needed break from worldly distractions. If you want to understand Ramadan, here are ten things you should know about it
3. Why Fast?
Fasting is essential in Islam. Muslims believe that one of their duties is to worship God alone and live a life that pleases Him. To do so, Muslims follow the rules about what they eat, when they pray, who they marry, and how they spend their money. In doing so, Muslims live lives that please God and earn His rewards in the afterlife. Fasting during Ramadan is one of these religious duties. Those who fast observe from sunup until sundown for 30 days by fasting from food and drink and refraining from smoking and evils. This act of self-discipline reminds them of others around them who are less fortunate than themselves.
4. Who Can Fast?
Muslims are obligated to fast during Ramzan/ Ramadan—except for those too young, ill, or elderly. However, not fasting is often looked down upon. People who cannot fast should try their best and make up for lost days later in the year. Children between 7 and 10 years old can choose whether or not they want to fast—but children younger than seven are prohibited from doing so. Children between 7 and 10 cannot fast without a doctor’s permission for safety reasons.
5. When Does the Month Start?
The date of Ramadan, like that of other Islamic months, is based on a lunar cycle. This means it shifts from year to year and is ten or eleven days shorter than our solar Calendar. In 2022, for example, Ramadan will start around April 3 in Pakistan (depending on where you live). The moon’s appearance marks its beginning; thus, Muslims must observe it to calculate when each month begins.
6. Common Questions about Fasting
Many people who follow Ramadan have questions about fasting. Here are some common ones, and here are their answers. What does fasting mean? Fasting is abstaining from all food and drink for some time each day during daylight hours, including water. You should also not engage in sexual activity (this can be hard if you’re single) or do anything sinful.
7. How Can We Help Others?
Ramadan or Ramzan is one of two Muslim holidays (Eid al-Fitr being the other) and commemorates God’s guidance of Moses and Jesus. The month is essential for spiritual reflection and refraining from worldly pleasures, especially food and drink. Muslims begin fasting at sunrise and continue fasting until sunset – a total of around 16 hours!
8. Do I Have To Go Out And Give Charity?
Giving charity is a big part of Ramadan, so you may be wondering whether or not you have to donate during your fast. The simple answer: no. You don’t have to give money, food, or anything else during your brief—it’s just one of several recommended deeds that can help make up for some of your sins and bring you closer to God. However, if it’s something you genuinely want to do and can afford financially, by all means, take advantage!
9. What If I Cannot Fast Due To Health Conditions?
If you’re unable to fast, it’s permissible to break your fast and pay a fidyah or feed one poor person for each day of fasting missed. You may also offset your missed days by providing an equal number of needy people for each day of fasting not performed. The holy prophet (peace be upon him) said: Feed those near you, that is, those under your shelter. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
10. Etiquette At The End Of The Month
The end of every month comes with some extra responsibilities for Muslims, and we have a few tips on how to navigate these days with ease. Make sure you’re aware of how Muslim celebrations and holidays work. ! The end of every month comes with some extra responsibilities for Muslims, and we have a few tips on navigating these days with ease. Make sure you’re aware of how Muslim celebrations and holidays work.
Also read: Thing to do in Ramzan https://www.islamicity.org/3165/things-to-do-in-ramadan/