Ramadan 2022: Every year, Muslims around the world expect to see the waxing new moon which symbolizes the first day of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and considered the most sacred month in Islamic culture. The beginning and end of the phase of Ramadan or Ramzan depend on the Moon Observing Committee in Saudi Arabia. Usually, the moon is first seen in Saudi Arabia and some parts of India, along with some western countries. A day later in the rest of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other regions.
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This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on April 2 and end on May 1. Moreover, it also denotes the arrival of the auspicious Eid-ul-Fitr celebration. Muslims may decide to prepare for the pilgrimage to Mecca this month as umrah is encouraged during Ramadan.
The Importance of Ramadan for Muslims
Ramadan is a period of devotion, fasting, giving charity and self-responsibility. It is also a month of forgiveness, in which every Muslim comes closer to God. According to Muslims, the angel Gabriel descended from heaven to reveal the Quran, God’s message to the Holy Prophet Muhammad, marked by 29-30 days of fasting. Celebrating this festival is a way of honoring Muhammad and developing more self-control.
During this period, Muslims obey the teachings of the prophet Muhammad. Like fasting, this ritual is obligatory for all adult Muslims unless they are sick, traveling, having a menstrual cycle, pregnant, have diabetes or are elderly.
People consume Sehri early in the morning, before sunrise. Then they go to Fajr, the morning prayer. Then they fast all day without eating or drinking until the evening. Later in the evening, they traditionally gather to break their fast with a Khajur on iftar and go for the Maghrib, the evening prayer.
Moreover, during the last ten days of the month, several people celebrate the event of the 27th night known as ‘Laylat ul Qadr’ or ‘The Night of Destiny’.
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