Ramadan, also known as Ramzan is a holy moth for Muslims across the world. It is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar. During the holy month, Muslims perform Roza which is a fast kept for a month.
While May 5th has been declared as the start of Ramadan, experts in astronomy say that it is highly unlikely. This is because, the holy month of Ramadan is marked by the sighting of the crescent moon. Due to this uncertainty, some places have declared Ramadan to begin on the 6th while some will wait to see if the crescent moon makes an appearance.
The holy month of Ramadan is observed for an entire month from sunrise to sunset and is dedicated to the glorious night of Laylat al-Qadr which is the night when the holy Quran was first revealed to mankind.
The Islamic Scriptures say that during the entire month, evil entities are locked up in hell in chains. It is believed that nobody can come in the way of the almighty and true prayers.
The fast is meant to let go of everything other-worldly or fake. Family and friends get together to observe the fast. Everybody except the chronically ill, diabetic, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, post-baby bleeding, and girls who are menstruating should observe the fast without fail.
Ramadan is practised everywhere in the world. Five daily prayers are observed every day from pre-dawn to night. These are Fajr (dawn), Dhuhr (noon), Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (evening), and Isha (night).
The Muslims start their fast with a ‘Sehri’ or a pre-fast meal and end the fast every night with a feast called ‘Iftar.’
During the holy month of Ramadan, a fixed percentage of a person’s saving is obligatory to be donated to charity. This is called Zakat.