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All About Ramadan

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar is Ramadan, a time for Muslims to focus on purifying their soul through prayer and self-sacrifice. During Ramadan, more than a billion Muslims around the world observe one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam: Fasting.

Each day of Ramadan, from sunrise to sunset, Muslims aged twelve and older traditionally practice fasting. The Arabic word for fasting literally means to "refrain," which is what is religiously proscribed - not just abstaining from eating and drinking, but also restraining every part of one's physical body.

The mouth, for example, is restrained from idle talk and gossip, while the ears are restrained from listening to obscenities. In this way, a Muslim engages his or her entire body in the physical observance of the Ramadan fast.

In addition to the fast, Ramadan is also a time to re-evaluate one's convictions and deeds. It is a time to mend troubled relationships, give charity, find forgiveness for others, and refocus on worshipping Allah (God).

According to Islamic tradition, the month of Ramadan is when Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur'an, the holy book, to the prophet Muhammad. In honor of this revelation, one thirtieth of the Qur'an is read each night of Ramadan during the evening prayer. By the end of the month, the whole Qur'an has been recited.

During Ramadan, Muslims rise before sunrise to partake in a pre-fast meal, called suhoor. Each night after sunset, they break their fast with the iftar meal. The end of the month of Ramadan is marked with the joyous festival of Eid al-Fitr, which literally means the "Festival of Breaking the Fast." During Eid al-Fitr, families celebrate with elaborate feasts and dress in their finest clothes. At the same time, they increase their efforts to give charity to the poor and make contributions to their mosques.

*Update Ramadan 2011: According to Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) Ramadan 1432 in North America, begins on the evening of Sunday, July 31, 2011, so that the first day of fasting would be Monday, August 1, 2011. Also According to Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) Eid-al-Fitr in North America is on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

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crispin from New Jersey, US
16:21 08/30/2011
barka de sallah to all our muslim brothers and sister. may the spiritual cleansing experienced during this intensive spiritual encounter with the Almighty Allah be translated into a life of peace and love of neighbour.
Mohamed from South Africa
12:42 08/16/2011
My son is 8 and is fasting 4 the 1st time the entire Holy Month of Ramadaan. if possible do you have a beautiful verse or sum good words I can put on a card 2 show my taughts and dua's 4 him. Shukran
Abubakar haladu from Nigeria
02:49 08/06/2011
I am so lucky that i found myself a muslim ya allah
Muhammed-Fah'd from Nigeria
09:26 08/05/2011
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honey faizah dela cruz from Saudi Arabia
21:11 08/01/2011
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babloo from Pakistan
02:50 06/23/2011
ya allah
Yvonne from Netherlands
14:12 05/20/2011
Help me, please! For a story I am writing, I would love to know, on which date it was Ramadan in the year 1972 and 1973. I tried to find it on the internet, but without results... Thank you so much for your help! Yvonne, Amsterdam.
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01:06 01/30/2011
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