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What is Ramadan?

What is Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan is a month that has high importance to all Muslims around the world, it’s the month that helps us to become better Muslims.

What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, it’s the month of fasting, reading Quran, and dua, doing charity work, praying, and all acts of worshipping. It is the month that all Muslims strive to please Allah and try to become better versions of themselves.

Ramadan is nine months of the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon. So Ramadan might be 29 or 30 days depending on the moon and comes on a different day every year.

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that: “The Messenger (PBUH) of Allah SWT said, ‘There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month. Allah SWT has made it obligatory on you to fast (this month). During it the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained up. In it there is a night that is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is deprived indeed.’” (Reported by al-Nisaa’i, 4/129; Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1/490)

Now let’s learn more about Ramadan, its impotence, and more.

How long is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the nine-month of the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon. So Ramadan might be 29 or 30 days depending on the moon.

When is Ramadan 2023 in the USA?

You might be wondering “when is Ramadan this year”. Ramadan is the nine months in the Islamic calendar. And the Islamic calendar depends on the phases of the moon. The beginning of Ramadan is determined by a group of Islamic scholars who observe the sky searching for certain sightings of the new moon’s appearance.

That’s why Ramadan starts on different days in different parts of the world. In the USA, Ramadan is expected to start on the evening of Wednesday, March 22nd lasting 30 days, and ending at sundown on Thursday, April 20.

When does Ramadan end?

Ramadan maybe 29 or 30 days, it differs every year based on the phases of the moon. So, when is Ramadan over? it’s expected to end on Thursday, April 20.

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory for all capable Muslims. And we can see that clearly in the following verse.

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” [ Surah Baqarah Ayah 183]

Fasting help, us feel the less fortunate and attain piety. It teaches us to restrain ourselves from worldly pleasures, guide us to the right path and become better versions of ourselves.

It is the month when Quran was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him).

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَٰتٍ مِّنَ ٱلْهُدَىٰ وَٱلْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ ٱلشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ بِكُمُ ٱلْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ ٱلْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا۟ ٱلْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَىٰكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you, and perhaps you will be grateful.” [Surah Baqarah Ayah 185]

During the month of Ramadan all rewards are multiplied, and the heaven gates open.

“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Bukhari)

How to say happy Ramadan?

There are different ways to wish someone a happy Ramadan, you can say, Ramadan Kareem, Ramadan Mubarak, or Happy Ramadan.

Here are some of the best Ramadan gift ideas for your friends, and family:

Ramadan lantern.

Tasbeeh & Prayer Rug.

Abayas and Scarves.

Ramadan books to teach kids about Ramadan like:

Tell Me More About Ramadan. 

Its Ramadan, Curious George

In Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak

You will find all these books and more at the Madinah store, and you will also find the Best books for Islamic studies curriculum.

When can you eat during Ramadan?

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrises to sunsets. After sunset Muslims can eat and drink whatever they want.

Can you listen to music during Ramadan?

There’s no specific answer to this question because there are debates regarding whether Music is haram in general or not. But to stay on the safe side don’t listen to music during Ramadan.

Is Ramadan a holiday?

No, Ramadan is not a holiday, it’s a month of fasting, reciting Quran, and doing all acts of worshipping.

What does Ramadan mean?

Each name of the Islamic month has a history behind it and a reason for it. Each name that we know and use now has a reason why it was called that name.

The word Ramadan comes from the word ramda’, which refers to intense heat. The plural form is Ramadaanaat or Ramaadeen or Armidah.

What month is Ramadan?

Ramadan is nine months of the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon. So Ramadan might be 29 or 30 days depending on the moon and comes on a different day every year.

Can you eat during Ramadan?

Yes, you can eat during Ramadan after sunset until dawn.

Can you chew gum during Ramadan?

Yes, you can chew gum during Ramadan but not while fasting. When fasting you abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset.

Can you have sex during Ramadan?

Any sexual activity is prohibited while fasting. Allah said in the holy Quran regarding this matter:

أُحِلَّ لَكُمْ لَيْلَةَ ٱلصِّيَامِ ٱلرَّفَثُ إِلَىٰ نِسَآئِكُمْ ۚ هُنَّ لِبَاسٌ لَّكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لِبَاسٌ لَّهُنَّ ۗ عَلِمَ ٱللَّهُ أَنَّكُمْ كُنتُمْ تَخْتَانُونَ أَنفُسَكُمْ فَتَابَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَعَفَا عَنكُمْ ۖ فَٱلْـَٰٔنَ بَٰشِرُوهُنَّ وَٱبْتَغُوا۟ مَا كَتَبَ ٱللَّهُ لَكُمْ ۚ وَكُلُوا۟ وَٱشْرَبُوا۟ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَكُمُ ٱلْخَيْطُ ٱلْأَبْيَضُ مِنَ ٱلْخَيْطِ ٱلْأَسْوَدِ مِنَ ٱلْفَجْرِ ۖ ثُمَّ أَتِمُّوا۟ ٱلصِّيَامَ إِلَى ٱلَّيْلِ ۚ وَلَا تُبَٰشِرُوهُنَّ وَأَنتُمْ عَٰكِفُونَ فِى ٱلْمَسَٰجِدِ ۗ تِلْكَ حُدُودُ ٱللَّهِ فَلَا تَقْرَبُوهَا ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ ٱللَّهُ ءَايَٰتِهِۦ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ

“It has been made permissible for you the night preceding fasting to go to your wives [for sexual relations]. They are clothing for you and you are clothing for them. Allah knows that you used to deceive yourselves, so He accepted your repentance and forgave you. So now, have relations with them and seek that which Allah has decreed for you. And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of night]. Then complete the fast until sunset. And do not have relations with them as long as you are staying for worship in the mosques. These are the limits [set by] Allah, so do not approach them. Thus does Allah make clear His ordinances to the people that they may become righteous.” [Surah Baqarah Ayah 187]

What religion celebrates Ramadan?

Ramadan is the month associated with the religion of Islam, it is the month when Muslims from all around the world fast and do good deeds.

Can you brush your teeth during Ramadan?

Yes, you can brush your teeth during Ramadan and while fasting but be careful not to swallow any water.  

Can you kiss during Ramadan?

Kissing or any sexual activity is prohibited while fasting. Allah said in the holy Quran regarding this matter:

“It has been made permissible for you the night preceding fasting to go to your wives [for sexual relations]. They are clothing for you and you are clothing for them. Allah knows that you used to deceive yourselves, so He accepted your repentance and forgave you. So now, have relations with them and seek that which Allah has decreed for you. And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of night]. Then complete the fast until sunset. And do not have relations with them as long as you are staying for worship in the mosques. These are the limits [set by] Allah, so do not approach them. Thus does Allah make clear His ordinances to the people that they may become righteous.” [Surah Baqarah Ayah 187]

Can you smoke during Ramadan?

Smoking cigarettes during fasting is not allowed. Plus, it’s bad for your health so try to stay away from it.

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