Ramadan 2020: 5 Questions About The Muslims Holy Month
Ramadan has already started on April 23, 2020, and will end on the beautiful evening of May 23, 2020. There are many questions of the people who do not belong to the Muslim community and would like to know a few details about it, as not to embarrass any Muslim friend colleague, during Ramadan.
The world’s Muslim population is around 1.6 billion, which means, that a whole lot of Muslims in different parts of the world will be celebrating this time. Opening restaurants at late night and seeing people working while fasting is the beauty of this holy month.
But what is Ramadan exactly?
Here are the most basic answers to the most common questions!
What is Ramadan About?
Ramadan is considered the most special and sacred month for all the Muslims in the World. In Muslims, it is believed that during the start of this holy month, gates of heavens are opened and the gates of hell are closed.
It is a strong belief that during this month, God brought out the very first verses of the Quran to Mohammed.
During the Ramadan days, Muslims fast every day from sunrise to the sunset. It is considered the most important spiritual time, where one has to maintain all the disciplines. It is time to connect with the God.
It is also one of the best times of the celebration with your family, friends, and love once. Apart from this, there is a big celebration in the last three days of the holy month called Eid-al-Fitr. It’s the most wonderful time of the Ramadan, when people gather in mass to enjoy big meals, purchase Ramadan gifts for their loved ones and have a beautiful time together.
What is Typical Ramadan Day?
During Ramadan, Muslims wakes up early in the morning to have first meal of the day, which has to last until sunset. This means, they have to take a portion of good energetic food, with lots of water before the sunrise, and then stay fasting without eating or drinking, until sunset.
One of the amazing thing about this whole Ramadan month is that all the Muslims performing fast, do not avoid work, school, or any other normal day to day duties, just because they are fasting. In Few Muslim countries, businesses and school may reduce their hours, to provide some relaxation to the people, during Ramadan.
Just after the sunset, Muslims break the day’s fast with a meal called iftar, which means a lite meal before performing the evening prayer. This usually followed a proper meal after the prayer, with family and friends.
Does People Lose Weight During Ramadan?
Most assume that Muslims must be losing a great amount of weight during Ramadan, due to fasting, but this not true. Most people tend to gain weight during this holy month. As people are eating before sunrise and after sunset, so most of them are eating in large quantities, with fewer activities and more rest, which could make some weight gain.
How Does Fasting Work?
During Ramadan month, Fasting is considered as one of the five pillars of Islam. All the Muslims are required to take part in Ramadan, though there is special relaxation to those, who are ill, pregnant, young children, elderly, and too few more. The practice of fasting makes a spiritual dimension, which makes one remind his/her humanity, towards poor and needy, and to remove distractions in life, so you could focus build a stronger relationship with God.
One more important thing you need to take care is not to indulge in any bad activities like drinking, smoking, or to engage in any kind of sexual act, from sunrise to sunset.
For all the Muslims during Ramadan, no one is allowed to make negative thoughts or actions, like anger, envy, bad words for others, or even think evil. This is an integral part of fasting during Ramadan.