Ramadan Begins 2023: This year, Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, will last from March 23 to April 22. Allah established the following five pillars of Islam: Shahada, Salat, Zakat, Sawm, and Hajj. In Ramadan, fasting is the central practice. The name is derived from the Arabic root ar-ramad, which signifies intense heat. The beginning and end dates of Ramadan differ annually because they are based on the crescent moon’s appearance. This also means that commencement and end dates may vary from country to country. The Islamic year is shorter than the Gregorian year, so Ramadan begins 10 to 12 days earlier each year, enabling it to occur in each season over a 33-year period.
HISTORY OF RAMADAN BEGINS
Before the prophet Muhammad’s mission, Ramadan was already a known month of the calendar. Obviously, the Month’s fasting had not yet been mandated at that time. It did not occur until 2 A.H., fifteen years after the Prophet’s mission. Nevertheless, Ramadan signifies the commencement of the Prophet’s mission. Angel Jibreel first revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad on a very special, fortunate night. This is the Laylat al-Qadr. (the Night of Decree).
This night falls within the last ten nights of Ramadan. Every Ramadan, the specific night among the ten varies. Allah removed the Prophet’s knowledge of that night when he was about to inform the people and they began to quarrel. In addition, this Night is superior to a thousand years. This indicates that the positive deeds performed on this night exceed those of the previous 83 years. As Allah, may He be glorified, says, “The Night of Decree is preferable to a thousand months.” Chapter (97) verse (srat l-qadr) three (The Night of Decree): 3.
This month is marked by fasting, mosque prayer, and Quran recitation. Every night during Ramadan, Allah forgives transgressions and releases people from hellfire. After the sunset prayer, Muslims will break their fast with their peers and extended family in their homes or mosques. The supper is known as Iftar. Suhoor is the supper that precedes dawn before the start of fasting. Thus, the fast extends from Suhoor until Iftar. Eid al-Fitr (the Feast of Fast-Breaking) follows Ramadan and signifies the conclusion of fasting. During its three-day duration, Muslims express joy. They congregate to appreciate one another’s company, check on their relatives, and exchange joy. Additionally, there is the Eid prayer on the first day.
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5 FACTS ABOUT RAMADAN
Children do not have to fast until they reach adulthood. (Buloogh).
Muslims must have niyyah (intention) in their souls to fast during Ramadan; resolving once at the beginning of the month is sufficient, unless the fast is broken for a day or more for a permissible reason.
If you are unable to fast, you can make up days later in the year. If you are terminally ill and unable to catch up, provide a meal to an individual in need for each missed day.
In the event that you are traveling, certain apps inform you of the precise times for prayers, Suhoor, and Iftar.
Many offices and schools in Muslim-majority countries cease early during Ramadan.