Ramadan is a month in which followers of the Islamic faith (Muslims) refrain from eating and drinking in order to achieve the great blessings that come with the month whilst seeking forgiveness from Allah (God). Fasting during this month makes up 1 of the 5 pillars of Islam, making it mandatory (within reason of course). While some non-Muslims recognize only the abstinence from food and drink, which happens to be the most obvious part, there’s a lot more to it for the Muslims and we’ll get to that shortly.
First, to clear up a common misconception about Ramadan;
Muslims go 30 days straight without eating or drinking.
What actually happens is that a Muslim will not eat or drink anything from before the Fajr prayer until the Maghreb prayer. In layman terms, stop eating before the sun rises and eat again when the sun sets.
So what exactly does Ramadan consist of for Muslims (apart from the fasting of course)? A change of behavioral patterns. Avoid the “bad”; drugs, lying, back biting and so on, and do more “good”.
One of the results of this month is a renewed spirit achieved through increased prayer, self-restraint, increased charity and learned appreciation. Most importantly, the distancing of one’s self from bad habits should be carried on even after the month is over.
Ramadan Kareem to all!
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