Holy Ramadan

Neha Navas , VI-F, Indian Central School
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Given the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar system, Ramadan begins on a different date each year. One reason why Ramadan is special is that the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad in this month.

Muslims all over the world celebrate Ramadan. During this month, Muslims fast. This means they do not eat or drink anything from dawn to dusk. Young children, pregnant women, and those not healthy enough to fast are not required to observe the fast. In addition, Muslims are encouraged to read the Qur’an, self-reflect, spend time with family and be more charitable.

There are many reasons Muslims fast during Ramadan, some of these include:

To gain God’s pleasure
To strengthen one’s faith
To develop self-control
To remind oneself that there are many people in the world less fortunate than themselves.

Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, which means “The celebration of breaking the fast” or “Eid” for short. On Eid, Muslims give a special charity to the poor, go to the mosque for prayers, exchange gifts and spend time with family and friends.

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