Ramadan 2024: “Feast of faith” Muslims worldwide prepare for a month of fasting and prayer

Ramadan 2024: “Feast of faith” Muslims worldwide prepare for a month of fasting and prayer

Ramadan begins from 12th March in India, marked by fasting from dawn to sunset and devoted prayers to Allah.

New Delhi, March 11, 2024
As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, Muslims around the world are gearing up for a month of fasting, prayer. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, holds great significance for the Muslim community, marked by fasting from dawn to sunset and devoted prayers to Allah. In India for 2024 Ramadan is observed on 12 March, following the sighting of the Crescent moon in Saudi Arabia on March 10.

Significance of Ramadan and Fasting
The word “Ramadan” has come from the Arabic word “Ramad,” signifying a hot, dry atmosphere. Fasting during this month, known as Sawm, is one of the five major pillars of Islam. It serves as a means of teaching penance and spiritual discipline, emphasizing the importance of abstaining from food and beverages from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is obligatory for all physically and psychologically capable individuals, excluding children.


Spiritual Observance
During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to spend the month studying the Quran, with mosques being the primary places for congregational prayers, including the special Tarawih prayers offered after Isha prayers. Laylatul Qadr, also known as the Night of Power, falls on significant nights during Ramadan, urging believers to intensify their prayers and spiritual activities.


Iftar and Sehri
Muslims celebrate Ramadan by partaking in iftar, the evening meal that breaks the fast, and sehri, the pre-dawn meal before the fast begins. These meals hold a special place in the hearts of Muslims worldwide, fostering a sense of unity and shared devotion


Charitable Acts: Zakat and Itikaf
Zakat, a charitable organization aimed at assisting the less fortunate, plays a crucial role during Ramadan. Muslims are encouraged to give Zakat, a form of charity based on property owned for more than one lunar year. Additionally, the last ten days of Ramadan witness the practice of Itikaf, a period of intense spiritual retreat, beginning after sunset on the twentieth day and concluding before Eid.

Month of Reflection and Community
On this occasion the focus remains on spiritual growth, community, and acts of kindness. The month is a time for self-discipline, prayer, and charitable deeds, followed by celebration of Eid Ul Fitr at the end of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan varies annually by about ten days since the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle.

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