Ramadan Countdown 2008 (T-7) – What is Ramadan?

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)



8 Responses to “Ramadan Countdown 2008 (T-7) – What is Ramadan?”

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  4. Ismail Says:

    Ramadan is more than just fasting. There are also three very important Islamic events that are related to Ramadan. Most people only think of fasting and not eating and drinking. But look at these very important Ramadan facts.

    1. The Night of Power – The night of power is the MOST HOLY DAY for Muslims in the entire year. There is a chapter in the Quran named after this day. No one knows when this night takes place. all we know is that it is in the last 10 days of Ramadan. According to the Quran, the Night of Power is equal to 1000 months.

    2. Zakah – Ramadan is also the month that Muslims pay Zakah. Zakah is like a poor tax or charity tax and is also one of the 5 pillars of Islam.

    3. Eid ul fitr – Believe it or not, Ramadan is not a holiday. Islam only recognizes two holidays, and one of them is Eid ul Fitr. Eid ul fitr is the holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan. In fact, the word ‘Fitr’ actually means “break fast” in Arabic. “Eid” means celebration. Eid ul fitr takes place the day after Ramadan ends.

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  7. Gena Lombino Says:

    My students wish to honor all religions this month. Please tell me exactly when Ramadan is or was – I thought it was a month in July. Please let me know what first graders could color to honor the muslim holiday.

    Gena Lombino

  8. RaiulBaztepo Says:

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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