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RE coursework: Islam A) Describe what happens at the fast of Ramadan. In the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for thirty days and nights. The word fast means, to stay away from eating and drinking. Muslims are also excluded from indulging in pleasures, sexual activity, thinking evil thoughts and doing something sinful. Ramadan starts on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims will know when to start fasting; they may hear it on the TV, radio, from the mosque or from an Islamic calendar. Ramadan may take place in the summer or winter. In Britain, summer days may not be hot but they may be long, this makes it harder to fast. Muslims fast in the month of Ramadan because it is one of the pillars of Islam. All Muslims will have to fast from the age of ten. Children should not be encouraged to fast and should not be forced to complete the fast up to sunset, if they are unable to bear the hunger or thirst. In the Qur'an it says that Muslims who believe in Allah, the angels, the prophets and the Day of Judgement will fast in the month of Ramadan. ...read more.

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In the last ten days of Ramadan, Muslims will go to the Mosque. Food is provided to break fast for those who stay at the Mosque. This is when Laylat-ul-Qadr (Night of Power) is celebrated. The Night of Power is normally accepted to have been on the 27th of the month, but tradition says that it was at least during the last ten days. Muslims who do this religious retreat spend time in religious study, prayer and mediation. Some Muslims would stay up all night reading the Qur'an. B)Explain the Importance of Ramadan to Muslims and ways in which it may affect their lives. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is important because it is one of the five pillars of Islam. All Muslims have to fast. Almighty God has promised great reward for those that fast whilst severe punishment is in store for those who do not fast in the month of Ramadan. God has made fasting compulsory so that we become religious, God fearing and God conscious. Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet(PBUH) said: "whoever did not fast one day of Ramadan without a genuine excuse or a disease then even if he fasted for a complete year, it would not compensate for that (missed Ramadan) ...read more.

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Other Muslims would argue that fasting does not have both disadvantages and advantages. This is because fasting is either a good thing or it is a bad thing, it can't be both. Muslims will know that fasting in Ramadan is a good thing not a bad thing because it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Ramadan will help them think about the poor, give donations and pray. They will get rewards because they are thinking about other people and how poor people feel when they have no food or water. Fasting helps them give self-control and it helps them to think about God and remember how lucky they are to have a good life whereas people around the world can't. My opinion is that I think fasting does not have both disadvantages and advantages. I think this because fasting has advantages not disadvantages. Fasting helps Muslims not to think about evil thoughts and not to commit bad deeds. It helps give Muslims self-control and how to endure hardships especially when they can't have food or water. Fasting will help them think about God and give donations to the charity. Donations can be made at any time during the year but most Muslims choose to give donations during Ramadan. It also helps Muslims pray a lot more and recite the Qur'an. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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