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Describes what happens at the fast of Ramadan Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam and an obligatory Muslim principle. It occurs every ninth month of the Islamic Calendar and is the process where Muslims do not eat in daybreak for 29 or 30 days (depending on the lunar calendar). This means they are only permitted to eat before dawn or after sunset. Ramadan aims to teach Muslims many important things. It teaches them to be grateful for the food they receive and not to waste it. Ramadan is also a declaration of a Muslims love for Allah, as they are willing to give up something essential for a period of time, for their god. ...read more.


Sexual activities during Ramadan hours are also forbidden. During Ramadan, a Muslim is encouraged to read the whole Qur'an. The reasoning behind this is that the first verse of the Qur'an was supposedly revealed on the day Laylat al-Qadr, which occurs during the month of Ramadan. The actual date of Laylat-al-Qadr is unknown, because Allah and Muhammad are said to have kept this between themselves, as they did not only pray on that night. Muslims are encouraged to pay Zakaat every day during the month of Ramadan. This is only applicable if the Muslim is above Nisab, however. Nisab is the amount of savings which must exceed a certain limit. ...read more.


Ramadan is ended by Eid ul Fitr, a day of celebration as Allah which rewards Muslims for their fasting. It literally means "festival to break the fast". (in Arabic Eid means "Festivity" while Fitr means "to break the fast") On this day, the Muslim family is expected to rise early for the first prayer of the day, and eat very little to symbolize the end of Ramadan. They are then supposed to attend prayers held in mosques and other areas. These prayers are quite short and followed by a sermon. After this they go home and to friends houses, and thank god for their blessings. Ramadan is very important to a Muslim, as it shows their dedication to their religion. It is also said that it helps them become closer to god, as they are willing to submit themselves to Sawm (fasting) for Allah. ...read more.

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