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Describe what happens at the feast of Ramadan.

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Describe what happens at the feast of Ramadan (a) (i) What is meant by fasting? According to Webster's Dictionary, a fast is defined as: "To abstain from all food." "To eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance." "An abstinence from food, or a limiting of one's food, especially as a religious observance." "A day of period of fasting." - Webster's Collegiate Dictionary From the dictionary, we can understand that fasting has something to do with abstaining from something during a certain period of time. Religious fasting is the deliberate control of the body by an act of will. (ii) Describe what happens at the Fast of Ramadan: Ramadan is the ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar, which is decided according to the moon. The much-anticipated start of the month is based on a combination of physical sightings of the moon and astronomical calculations. The practice varies from place to place, some places relying heavily on sighting reports and others totally on calculations. The end of the month, marked by the celebration of 'Eid-ul-Fitr, is similarly determined. ...read more.


- Eight year Old Muslim Boy "I like my religion, and I love my God. I fast during Ramadan as a sign of respect and love towards Allah." During Ramadan, between sunrise and sunset, Muslims may not eat or drink. Smoking, chewing gum and sexual intercourse are also forbidden during this time. If Muslims forget that they are fasting, and may not eat or drink, then they must resume their fast, and they shall be forgiven. However, if a fast is broken intentionally, the penalty is sixty days of fasting outside of Ramadan. Iftari is the time (sunset) where Muslims may eat and drink once again. The fast is broken with a date and a small drink, and then the family/Ummah will pray the Iftari (Maghrib) prayer. Then the family will celebrate with a light meal, and read as much of the Qur'an as possible. Not all Muslims are to fast. There are certain exceptions of the elderly, disabled, sick, children (who are not of age of maturity), the mentally disable, pregnant/breastfeeding mothers, menstruating women and travellers. Travellers, menstruating women and the ill (if possible) ...read more.


Ramadan is also about restraining anger, doing good deeds, exercising personal discipline, and preparing oneself to serve as a good Muslim and a good person during and after Ramadan. "He who does not desist from obscene language and acting obscenely (during the period of fasting), Allah has no need that he didn't eat or drink." "Fasting is not only from food and drink, fasting is to refrain from obscene (acts). If someone verbally abuses you or acts ignorantly toward you, say (to them) 'I am fasting; I am fasting." - Prophet Muhammad PBUH During the month of Ramadan, Muslims give money to charity. They also volunteer as much as possible. Muslims use many phrases in various languages to congratulate one another for the completion of the obligation of fasting and the 'Eid-ul-Fitr festival. Here is a sampling of them: "Kullu am wa antum bi-khair" (May you be well throughout the year) - Arabic "Atyab at-tihani bi-munasabat hulul shahru Ramadan al-Mubarak" (The most precious congratulations on the occasion of the coming of Ramadan) - Arabic "Elveda, ey Ramazan" (Farewell, O Ramadan) - Turkish "Kullu am wa antum bi-khair" (May you be well throughout the year) - Arabic "'Eid mubarak (A Blessed 'Eid)" - universal "Khush amadeed Ramadaan" - Urdu Tasneem Sadiq10A 1 ...read more.

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