Ramadan makes us feel closer to God, say Muslims

In Ramadan, a month of fasting celebrates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.    This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadith.ramadan2My friends tell me how after a day’s work they don’t go home, they go to the mosque. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, or smoking.  Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Food and drink is served daily, before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan.  

Before prayer, Muslims wash their faces, hands and feet and cleanse their nasal pasages.  This washing ritual is necessary before each session of prayer.

During Ramadan, Muslims feed the poor.  They pray to abide by justice and fairness, for patience, understanding and strive to keep company with the good. Every one of my friends, whom  I talked to abut Ramadan,  said the same thing. Observing Ramadan is a happy and beautiful occasion that brings them closer to God.


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