Ramadan 2019: Date, Significance And Traditions of The Holy Month of Fasting

Feasting and fasting The meaning of the rituals of Ramadan

Ramadan, or Ramzan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, is a holy month when Muslims across the world observe roza or holy fast for a month.

Across the world, Muslims fast each day for the entire month of Ramadan, abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk. During Ramadan, they are required not only to refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, but also to curb all negative emotions like anger and prove themselves to be the ideal Muslim.

Sheikh Kakungulu also urged Muslims to change their behaviours because the holy month is very special to believers and Allah forgives whoever fasts the holy month Ramadan. For those fasting, that means around 15 hours without food, water, cigarettes or any caffeine.

So Muslims fast as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to God, and a way to become more compassionate to those in need. It is also a festive time where families and friends gather for evening meals known as "iftar".

The Cotabato City-based office here of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Interim Chief Minister Ahod "Murad" Ebrahim issued on Friday a memorandum enjoining all government workers in BARMM areas on the usual adjustments in office works prescribed by the Civil Service Commission for Muslim during Ramadan.

Muslims are also expected to avoid gossiping, lying, envy, greed and other bad character traits during the month-long fast.

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Otherwise, Ramadan fasting will carry on for 30 days and Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 5.

Moroccan astronomers said in April that the country will likely celebrate the first day of Ramadan on Tuesday.

"Ramadan is a month of self denial, dedication to the will of Allah and personal spiritual and moral growth for all who go through the ritual of the fast".

Muslims attend early morning Eid prayers the day after Ramadan.

"As one of the Five Pillars of Islam", he said, "may this period of fasting remind everyone of the values of sacrifice, patience, humility and obedience to the teachings of the Holy Month of Ramadan". Families typically spend the day at parks, eating in the sunshine for the first time in a month.

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