Here are a few facts about the Holy Month of Ramadan when Muslims will fast from sunrise until sunset.
1. Ramadan, according to the Muslim Calendar is the ninth month and also the month when prophet Muhammad (in 610 CE) perceived the first Quran verses. The Quran was given to the prophet in the Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) and it falls usually during the last 10 days of the holiday.
2. Abstinence from food, drink, and other comforts is practiced from dusk to dawn in Ramadan. Clearing away these pleasures from daily habits helps the mind focus on prayer, be more spiritual and purifies the mid and body. Quitting gossip and curses is also a must, directing the focus towards charity and spiritual self-cleansing.
3.Pregnant women, mentally and physically challenged people, and sometimes breastfeeding women can excuse from fasting. Until they hit puberty, children don’t need to fast, but if they wish they can observe the fast at least partially in order to prepare for the years to come.
4.The beginning of Ramadan is often uncertain just before its starts. Being determined by the appearance of the new moon it’s hard to precisely calculate the start day. Also, it sometimes varies because of weather conditions and other circumstances that can affect the sighting of the new moon. From place to place a delay occurs and some places still wait for the moon to be seen with the naked eye to start the holiday.
5. In countries like Egypt, Ramadan has a strong impact. They set the clock one hour back to make the fast feel easier and that the evening lengthens. The work day shorten in order to have more time to spend in prayer and to enjoy breaking the fast meals, during the holy month.
Ramadan often brings up inflation, according to economists and bankers. In the holy month people spend a lot more on clothes and food. In addition, some products also increase their prices during the holy month. Sometimes a cup of tea can be six time more expensive than the rest of the year.
6. Eid ul Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan ad also the end of the fasting period. When the new mooon rises in the sky the celebrations start. Muslims all over the world wear their best clothes and attend large processions. They give gifts, have a large meal with the entire family and they do charity acts. Charity is very important in the Ramadan concept and in the Eid ul Fitr celebrations as poor can be able to celebrate as well as the more fortunate.