• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Importance of Ramadan

Extracts from this document...


Tanushri Candidate Number: 4082 A. Describe what happens at the fast of Ramadan. B. Explain the importance of Ramadan to Muslims and ways in which it may affect their lives. C. "For Muslims, fasting has both advantages and disadvantages." Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. Contents Page My Aims........................................................... pg 2 Part A......................................................... pg 3 Part B......................................................... pg 6 Part C........................................................ pg 8 Pg 1 Aims for the end of this project! During this project I aim to study the topic of the fast of Ramadan. Firstly I aim to explain what happens in the lead up to, during and after the fast of Ramadan. I aim to give as much information about Ramadan as I can. Secondly I will aim to display the importance of Ramadan to Muslims and show ways in which it may affect their daily lives. In the final section of my coursework I will aim to give and explain both the advantages and disadvantages of fasting from different points of view. Pg2 Part A Describe what happens at the fast of Ramadan What is a fast? Fasting is voluntarily giving up eating food, for a set space of time, for spiritual discipline, or of religious dishonour. Fasting can be giving up food altogether or just giving up certain foods like dairy products or meat. What happens at the fast of Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when Muslims across the world will fast during daylight hours. The word Ramadan is derived from ramida or ar-ramad, meaning extreme heat. The month is named after this to indicate the heating sensation in the stomach because of thirst. The fast of Ramadan (sawm) is one of the five pillars of Islam and it is necessary for a Muslim to take part. ...read more.


self-restraint,"Quran 2:18 and generosity. This quote from the Quran is a demand from Allah, making fasting very important in Islam. Ramadan is very important to Muslims, it is the fourth of the 5 pillars of Islam explicitly mentioned in the Quran. 'You who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you, just as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may do your duty on days that have been fixed.' This indicates that it is a Muslims duty to fast, just as many Muslims did before them and will do after them. Another reason Ramadan is important to Muslims is experiencing Ummah, a sense of brother-hood through shared 'ordeals'. It brings the feeling of togetherness by praying together in a mosque and also in the sense that both the rich and poor fulfill the same demands of the fast, and are all going through the same thing together. This should also make them more generous towards them. Ramadan is also important for Muslims because it is believed to be the month during which the holy Qur'an was revealed by God to Mohammed. Ramadan might affect a Muslims life by them becoming more holy and spiritual and geting closer to God, they will have a better self-discipline of them selves, they will stop and think about what they do in the future like committing any bad sins or deeds e.g. stealing; they might start to care about poor people and not put food to waste and also by Muslims fasting and not doing any bad deeds they might get closer to God. It makes them feel that they have fulfilled a requirement which is the fourth pillar of Islam which is sawm (fasting). Some Muslims seek Allah's forgiveness and protection in this month. This is the month for some Muslims to renew their commitment and re- establish their relationship with Allah. It is like the spring season for goodness and righteousness. ...read more.


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. However, I still believe that there are disadvantages that go with it, like the pressure to feel that you have to fast to show that you are devoted to your faith, even when it is not necessary. For example, someone who is anaemic knowing that they do not have to fast, but doing to show that they are still devoted to Islam. Although in the long term they will be affecting their health and could get much worse as a result of it. Temptation in school is also an issue. Children are going to find it hard to have to watch their friends eat, knowing that they cannot eat themselves. Another issue in schools is finding the time and a clean, peaceful place to pray. If the school does not provide the student with a place to pray it means that they have not done their five prayers, that is required of them during Ramadan. Although, some people might agree that Ramadan is a disadvantage 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. Overall for a Muslim, the spiritual benefits of fasting outweigh the physical disadvantages. For a Muslim fasting is about showing their devotion to Allah and purifying themselves. Even though fasting may mean they loose a bit of weight, or they have to make up for the prayers they have missed during school or work, they don't mind as long as they have done their fast and know that they are still committed to Allah and the Islamic faith. Pg 9 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Islam as a living religious tradition

    To highlight God's supremacy and ability to know all things Al Ghazali used what the Qur'an said about God being all knowing. Al Ghazali also disapproved the argument by many Muslims that disagrees with the resurrection of the body to make Islam a living religious tradition by describing the power of God.

  2. Islam - Explain the importance of Ramadan to Muslims and ways in which it ...

    Another reason why Ramadan is important to Muslims is because it makes you try becoming the best possible Muslim while you're fasting. Each time you keep a fast it becomes easier and near the end of Ramadan they become short which make them easier to keep.

  1. Mosque- a place of worship

    toward it.' (Qur'an 2:144) For this project, I have chosen to describe the main features of The Grand Ummayad Mosque in Damascus - Syria. The Grand Ummayad Mosque, which was initially a Church, was built in the 8th century 709-15 AC.

  2. islam and ramadan

    you break your fast, looking at undesirable things, listening to objectionable speech, gossiping and committing any sin. Things that break your fast are, keeping a fast then breaking it intentionally or fasting for someone else. If Muslims break a fast deliberately they will have to keep it for sixty days or feed sixty people.

  1. Islamiyat Notes. Major teaching in the hadiths of the Prophet

    Sunnah along with hadith is counted as the second source of Islamic law. The term Sunnah is used in a very wide sense as including not only the decisions and percepts of the Prophet(S) but also his conduct and practice.

  2. Islamiyat Notes. Surah al Anaam (Ch. 6 : Vs. 101-103)These verses of Surah al ...

    She requested Him(S) to taker her merchandise to Syria against a share in the profits. She also sent her slave Maisara with him.

  1. The Festival of Ramadan

    Muslims will strive to read the whole Qur'an at least once throughout Ramadan. Laylat-ul-Qadr, or the night of power, is when Muhammad first received the Qur'an. It usually occurs within the last ten days of Ramadan, and Muslims may celebrate it by spending the entire night in the Mosque, often reading the whole of the Qur'an.

  2. The Islamic notion of the soul and body is wrong

    Jesus taught that there would be a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous. This is where the soul would maybe come back. A materialist would disagree with the statement because that the soul and body separate. Materialist generally argue that reality is comprised of matter and the forces alone,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work