Ramadan or Ramzaan is an Islamic festival of fasting that is held very sacred. It begins today (5th May, 2019).
Ramadan is a one month long fast that will culminate on June 6th with a huge feast on the sighting of the Eid moon which holds a lot of values for Muslims.
During the holy month of Ramadan, fasting is considered compulsory since it is believed to be one of the founding pillars of Islam. It acts as a shield to protect people from sin and lust.
There are certain rules and regulations to be followed while observing the fast. Here they are:
- Every Muslim who has reached puberty, whether a male or female, if an adult, not unwell and not travelling should fast during the holy month.
- Pregnant and nursing women are allowed to postpone their fast to a later, more convenient time when they can hold their fast.
- Females who have their periods or are bleeding after pregnancy should not fast.
- As Ramadan is a period of absolution, the month is spent in peace without fights, argument and utterance of bad words. Blasphemy and false deeds are also discouraged.
- If fasting, do not make a big show of it by boasting or by getting frustrated.
- Pray, read the holy Quran and engage in acts of kindness and goodness by charity.
- Engaging in any activity that gives sexual pleasure is not permitted during Ramadan. People also abstain from applying make-up, or anything that is false and not their true selves.