Ramadan by definition is Scorching Heat or Scarcity of Provisions. The reason behind the name is Ramadan is because it usually comes around in the hot summers.

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During the Holy month of Ramadan, is a time of spiritual reflection, devotion and connecting with family and community for Muslims around the world.

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It’s celebrated in the 9th month of the Islamic calender, the dates change anually as they’re determined by the sighting of a crescent moon.

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For 2022, Ramadan began on April 3, however, the date can very by a few days based on region.

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Fasting Etiquette

In Islamic teaching, Muslims must fast during the daylight hours in the Holy month, Ramadan. They must fast from dawn to dusk while eating two major meals, Suhur and Iftar.

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"Sahur" is the morning pre-fast meal that Muslims take before dawn or Fajar prayer.

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After eating Sahur, Muslims have to abstain from food, water, sexual relations, and bad deeds, throughout the day. Otherwise, their fast gets nullified.

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At sunset or Maghrib prayer, Muslims break their fast with the evening meal called “Iftar”.Following this, the fast observers can continue to eat and drink until the next break of dawn.

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Behavioural Etiquette (DO and DON'T)

While fasting, Muslims have to stay on their best behavior.

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Islamic guidance advises people not to get involved in smoking, vulgar or sexual acts, or use abusive language. Muslims are also prescribed to stay away from fights, arguments, and engaging in gossip. As these vein acts reduce the rewards of fasting.

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Instead, Islam encourages fast observers to spend time in prayer and deep thought. While the body is hungry, meditation and self-reflection feed the soul.

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During fasting, Muslims carry on the rest of their day as per normal.

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The Eid celebrations occur on 1st Syawal, marking the end of Ramadan.

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It is a time of celebration for all Muslims. People gather with their family and friends to enjoy delicious feasts and the company of each other. They wear new clothes and offer their Eid prayers in the congregation.

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Happy Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims.

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