Ever wonder what is Ramadan? Does your mind ever got confused why Ramadan is celebrated for one month. Well here are some Interesting facts that will help you know more about this great festival.
Ramadan is the festival of Muslim community and is celebrated all across the world. It is also known as Ramazan and is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is celebrated to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE according to Islamic belief.
Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, is thought to be the actual day when the Quran was given to the prophet.
Let’s find out more about Ramadan:
1. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness.
2. Ramadan is celebrated on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
3. Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar.
4. Fasting is fard in the month of Ramadan.
5. During Ramadan Muslims have to fast from dawn to dusk.
6. First verse of the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.
7. Start of the Ramadan depends on the Moon.
8. First prayer of the day is called Fajr.
9. In some countries it is a crime to ignore Ramadan and break the fast.
10. Fasting (sawm) is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
11. Fast begins with an early morning meal called “suhoor”.
12. Fast is broken with a meal called “iftar”.
13. Children are not required to fast during Ramadan until they reach puberty.
14. Muslims are obligated to give to charity through Sadaqa (voluntary giving), or Zakat (mandatory giving).
15. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month, Shawwal.
16. Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran.