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What Is Ramadan?

Written by Wasim

Ramadan Kareem

Today marks the first day of Ramadan, and some of you may be asking,

What is Ramadan?

The holy month of Ramadan began on 12 April 2021, and was based on the sighting of the crescent moon by the naked eye. A moon sighting committee in Makkah made the official decision as to when Ramadan began.

In the UAE, a cannon is fired once to notify that Ramadan has begun.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the foundation of the religion. The pillars are the framework by which Muslims everywhere live, and Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins and to focus on Allah through good deeds.

Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims — the Prophet Mohammed reportedly said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

Muslims believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text, to Mohammed (Peace And Blessings Of Allah Be Upon Him), on a night known as “The Night of Power” (or Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic).

During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline — of deep contemplation of one’s relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran.

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Originally published May 06, 2021 14:01:00 PM, updated Feb 15, 2022

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