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Explain the importance of Ramadan for Muslims and the ways it might affect their lives

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(A) DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENS AT RAMADAN Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar (a calendar measured by the cycles of the moon). Ramadan is thought as the holiest months. The month begins as soon as the new moon is seen. Muslims have to go without from all food, drink, gum chewing, any kind of tobacco use, and any kind of sexual contact between dawn and sunset (Fasting during the month of Ramadan is to be carried out each day from when "the white thread of dawn appears to you distinct from its black thread . . . till the night appears." Quran 2:187). These are just the physical components of the fast. Other things Muslims should do are refraining from lying, gossiping, abuse, and all other bad deeds. All obscene sights and sounds should be avoided. This is done so that the mind can be clean of bad thoughts. The act of fasting redirects the heart and mind from the world, and directs it to God. When a Muslim has an "urge" he/she is told to think of Allah, this raises the level of God-consciousness. ...read more.

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If they're health stops them from doing this then they must pay for food for sixty poor people. Some people think that the Koran tells the people to go through hardship but Islam does not tell people to go through extremes, the Koran says "He (Allah) desireth not hardship for you" (Surah 2:185). People enjoy the food more because they have gone without the food because they will feel they deserved it. They will also appreciate the food more, and it will make them think about the people who don't always have food available to them. (B) EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF RAMADAN FOR MUSLIMS AND THE WAYS IT MIGHT AFFECT THEIR LIVES Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, good deeds and also spending time with family, friends and loved ones. The fasting is intended to teach Muslims self- discipline, self- restraining "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,"Quran 2:18 and generosity. This quote from the Qur'ran is a demand from Allah, thus making fasting a very important hardship in Islam. It also reminds Muslims of how the poor suffer and how some of the poor hardly ever eat. ...read more.

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Muslims will believe that all their sins will be washed away (Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven." - Volume 1, Book 2, Number 37). Some disadvantages are that the day will be difficult for Muslims who are fasting to continue with their normal work, particularly anything demanding. The whole pace of life is slowed down in Muslim countries. Muslim countries are mainly very hot places which will also add on to the difficult day as the Muslims will perspire more due to the heat and will not be able to quench their thirst. In Muslim countries a drums are played or drums are fired to wake up Muslims so that they are ready for the early meal. Whereas in a non- Muslim country, you would have to rely on yourself to wake up. Children in school are sometimes teased by their peers which is a big disadvantage and the confidence of the child may die. In the Qur'an it says that God calls man to His feast while he is hungry, so then man can best appreciate the value of his payments. ?? ?? ?? ?? KANNAN NAVARATNAM 10 AGH/ RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (ISLAM) 1 ...read more.

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