Ramadan 1, 1441 AH
The Month Ramadan Started from Today, 25th April, 2020. Ramadan is the 9th and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of moon. The beginning of each new month in Islam is marked by the observance of a new moon. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month Ramadan every year, and uses the month to focus on connection to the God, reflect on their lives and spend quality time with friends and family. The holy book of Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan, and the belief is when the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and gates of hell are closed, and the devils are chained. Muslims are also supposed to try to control negative thoughts like jealousy and anger, and often donate to charities during the month and feed the hungry.
Muslims abstain from eating any food, drinking any liquids, smoking cigarettes, and engaging in any sexual activity from dawn to sunset. This is called FASTING. With a single sip of water or a puff of cigarette is enough to invalidate the fast. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting is not only about abstaining from food and drink but also Muslims should not to engage in road rage, cursing, fighting, gossiping and lying. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline. All Muslims are required to take fast, though there are special dispensations for those who are ill, pregnant or nursing women, menstruating, or travelling, and for elderly and young children.

Photo: Youths from different communities gathering to celebrate Eid
The Practice of fasting serves the spiritual and social purposes are to show you what it feels like to be hungry and thirsty so you feel compassion for the poor and needy, and to reduce the distractions in life so you can more clearly focus on your relationship with God.
To prepare for the fast, Muslims eat a pre-dawn meal commonly called "Suhoor" as a power foods to get them throughout the day, and after a sunset, a large feast is shared with friends and family, commonly known as "iftar or iftari". Typically, the start of the month is welcomed with greetings as "Ramadan mubarak and Ramadan Kareem" At the end of Ramadan there is a big day celebration called "Eid ul-Fitr" or simply Eid, or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.
Ramadan will be a bit different this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak, means that many people will not be
able to visit friends and family, or their local mosque.
Ramadan Mubarak To all.
Ismam Ansari


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