Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection and community.
How does Ramadan fasting work?
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. Fasting is the term for this.
Fasting is not expected of children until they hit puberty, which normally occurs around the age of 14.
Ramadan commemorates the month in which the Prophet Muhammad received the Qur’an (the Muslim sacred book).
The night the Qur’an was revealed is referred to as Lailut ul-Qadr (‘The Night of Power’).
The majority of Muslims fast between sunrise and sundown. Muslims can devote themselves to their beliefs through fasting.
It is considered to instill self-discipline and serve as a reminder of the poor’s plight. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those who are unwell or traveling are exempt from fasting.
During Ramadan, one meal (known as suhoor) is eaten shortly before dawn and another (known as iftar) is eaten immediately after sunset.
During Ramadan, almost every Muslim tries to break negative behaviors. It’s a season of prayer and good acts. They will make an effort to spend time with family and friends as well as assist those in need.
During Ramadan, many Muslims will strive to read the entire Qur’an at least once. They will also attend special Mosque services where the Qur’an will be read.