Welcome to our celebration of Ramadan 2008. Join us as we countdown this week before Ramadan which begins next Monday, September 01st.*
But what exactly is Ramadan? We thought we’d begin our countdown with some basic information on what Ramadan is and why it is important to Muslims worldwide.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The Month of Ramadan is … when it is believed the Holy Quran “was sent down from heaven … It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month. Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation.
During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting. At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning. continued…
Stop by tomorrow for our continuing countdown to Ramadan 2008. And for more information visit our holiday celebration – Ramadan on the Net.
*(according to Saudi Ummul-Qura calendar, Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Ramadan is on Monday, September 1, 2008 – source: Moonsighting.com)