Why Ra­madan is so im­por­tant for Mus­lims?

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Ra­madan is upon us once again. Here is what hap­pens dur­ing the holy month.

What is Ra­madan?

Ra­madan is the holi­est month for Mus­lims. Ev­ery year, Mus­lims around the world fast dur­ing day­light hours, but what is it re­ally about? Ra­madan is the ninth month in the Mus­lim lu­nar cal­en­dar. Healthy adult Mus­lims fast in Ra­madan from dawn un­til dusk. This in­cludes ab­stain­ing from drink­ing, eat­ing, im­moral acts and anger. Other acts of wor­ship such as prayer, read­ing the Qu­ran and char­ity are also en­cour­aged dur­ing Ra­madan. Mus­lims also be­lieve that the Qu­ran was re­vealed

in Ra­madan. Dur­ing the holy month, Mus­lims would wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and they break their fast with a meal re­ferred to as if­tar. It is com­mon for mosques to host large if­tars, es­pe­cially for the poor and needy. Nightly prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques af­ter if­tar. Dif­fer­ent cul­tures have dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions dur­ing Ra­madan, whether it is a spe­cial food they must cook, or eat­ing if­tar with the ex­tended fam­ily. Is­lamic tenets, such as gen­eros­ity, in­spired most of these tra­di­tions, such as shar­ing food and invit­ing guests over for if­tar.

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