Ramadan 2018: Why Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

Arturo Kim
May 16, 2018

"May the fruits of fasting, prayers and almsgiving among other good deeds during the blessed holy month of Ramadan enrich our lives and bring about peace and prosperity." said Imam Mustapha Elturk, AHRC Founding & Executive Board Member. Official committees from every Islamic country will begin searching for a glimpse of the new crescent moon on the eve of the 30th day of Ramadan.

Muslims see the prayers as a chance to exchange Eid greetings and meet with their neighbours, family and friends.

Ramadan is a time of fasting for the muslim community, celebrating the ninth month of the year.

Millions of Muslims around the world will begin the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday.

Danial said the date for the beginning of the fast nationwide was set in accordance with a decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after acquiring the consent of the country's rulers.

The "night time of energy" or "night time of decree" is taken into account the holiest night time of the 12 months, as Muslims consider the primary revelation of the Koran was despatched all the way down to Muhammad on this night time. The the meal before dawn is known as Suhoor and the meal after the dusk when the fast is broken is known as Iftar. The reason being that unlike the Gregorian calendar where days of a month are fixed, the Hijri calendar depends on the sighting of the moon.

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Muslims in the United States, like those in many other parts of the world, were expecting to start the fast on Wednesday as earlier announced by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the principal organisation representing Muslims in America.

Charity is highly encouraged during Ramadan because, Islamic clerics say, it earns Divine in many folds.

Fasting from dawn until sunset in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is aimed to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.

Fasting is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate.

Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast", is a three-day religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. For Muslims who live in regions where Islam is not the dominant religion, challenging fasts are believed to come with greater blessings.

After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served.

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