Ramadan

Ramadan is the most important religious observation for the Islam. According to the Islamic calendar, the
ninth month is celebrated as Ramadan, where the Islam adults choose to fast from dawn until dusk and
perform regular prayers. Here are some interesting trivia on this global festival:-

  • It is one of the world’s widest observed religious practices. It was during the month of Ramadan,
    when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad
  • The night which Allah first revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad is called the ‘Night of
    Power’
  • During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are not only obligated to fast, but also to abstain from
    cursing, gossiping, drinking, smoking, lying and more
  • The purpose of following these rituals is to remind selves of the poor and needy, to remind
    self-control, to encourage charity and spirituality
  • Every year, Ramadan starts 11 or 12 earlier than the previous year. But it is celebrated on the
    same dates worldwide according to the Islamic calendar
  • In Egypt, clocks are pushed back an hour during the month of Ramadan. It seems to make the
    fast end earlier
  • According to Islamic beliefs, charity is considered one of most rewarding, spiritually. During the
    month of Ramadan, rewards of charity are believed to bring spiritual intelligence, healing and
    uplifts oneself
  • Any act of kindness in the month of Ramadan is believed to bring one closer to God
  • Sunni Muslims break their fast when the sun is no longer visible whereas the Shi’ites breaks
    their fast only after the sun’s rays have passed.

According to a census in 2011, 1 million Muslims follow fasting during Ramadan. Other Ramadan rituals
include regular reading of Quran, getting together with friends and family for celebration, indulging in
charity and welfare of the poor.