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Islam Coursework Describe what happens at the fast of Ramadan? Muslims wake up before sunrise about two hours earlier and have some food. There is no limit on how much you can eat, but it is better not to eat too much because you wont be able to feel the hunger and thirst of the poor Muslims that are in need. During the 30 days of Ramadan, between sunrise and sunset, Muslims are forbidden from eating, drinking, smoking and engaging in sexual relations during the hours of daylight. This is a sacred time for worship and concentration on the Islamic faith, rather than everyday activities. But some people don't have to fast like sick people, elderly people, on a journey, pregnant women and children who have not started puberty are permitted to break their fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year. Muslims visit the Mosque every day during Ramadan, to pray together and study the Qur'an. As well as the five daily prayers that are said throughout the year, a special prayer called the Taraweeh or 'Night Prayer' which you pray 11 times. ...read more.


If you have you eat anything or drink anything accidentally, because you forgot you were fasting, your fast does not break, but if you eat or drink anything intentionally your fast is broken. There are strict rules about keeping your fast. These are; you are not allowed to swear, smoke, you must not be selfish, greedy and have any sexual intercourse during the hours of fasting. People also pray to god and ask for forgiveness. Ramadan ends with a three day festival called Id-al-Fitr. It's a time for friends and family to gather together in prayer, exchange gifts and indulge in large meals and mainly children get pocket money. People also visit their dead relatives in the cemetery where they will pray for them. Explain the importance of Ramadan to Muslims and the way in which it may affect you? Ramadan is important because it happens on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Ramadan is also the fourth pillar of Islam. It gives you inner spiritual strength, you also develop self-control over your passions and appetites, people also feel the thirst and hunger of other people and feel sympathy for them and mainly give them money as Zakaah (alms) ...read more.


No I disagree because fasting teaches you manners; you have to be kind and polite while you are fasting. It also teaches you self-control because when you're fasting you have to control your anger and you cannot swear, while you are fasting you will feel hunger and thirst of the poor and less fortunate people and this is meant to learn you to control you're passions and appetite. It helps one to feel compassionate for those who are less fortunate and underprivileged, since each day one will feel greater appreciation for what he/she has a result of feeling hunger, thirst and the desire to smoke. It offers a time for Muslims to ''purify'' their bodies as well as their souls, by developing a greater sense of humility, spiritually and community. Ramadan is a very spiritual time for Muslims. But some people might agree that Ramadan has its disadvantages because hunger and the thirst can be agonizing and you have to try really hard to follow the rules of fasting e.g. no swearing, smoking or taking drugs. Therefore I believe that Ramadan has only got advantages because it teaches you self-discipline and how to control your passions and appetite. H/W Magid Mah 17/05/2007 Islam Coursework ...read more.

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