Fasting in Ramadan

* Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. The Islamic calendar ,like the solar calendar has twelve months. The Islamic calendar is based on the moon (Lunar),while the solar calendar is based on the sun (Solar). The solar calendar months are made of 30 or 31 days except for February. The Lunar calendar months are made of 29 or 30 days. Ramadan is sometimes 29 days and sometimes 30 days. Ramadan is a very important months for the Muslims.

* Ramadan is also the month during which the Qur’an was given (revealed) to the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh).{Quran 2: 285} Ramadan has one of the most blessed night of the whole year, the night of power or night of destiny, called in Arabic Lailat Al-Qadr.

* Fasting begins at Dawn and ends at sunset. Dawn is the time of the day which is about one hour before sun rise and is the beginning of the first light in the dark sky of the night.

* If you are too young, you may not fast in Ramadan. You have to wait until you are old enough to fast without hurting yourself. You can ask your parents for a permission to fast part of the day for practice, until you are old enough to fast the whole day like the grown ups.

* People who are sick or traveling a long distance that will make them very tired, may break fasting. They will have to fast the same number of days later after Ramadan.

* Believers who are too old to fast will pay charity to a poor person for every day they cannot fast. God therefore will bless them and will help the poor in their living.

* Fasting has many benefits to the believers. Like all the religious practices in Islam (Submission),fasting will make the believer stronger as a believer, closer to God, more blessed and happier to be with God and to obey Him.

* Fasting teaches the believer self control because the fasting controls his or her desire or need to drink or eat during the fasting period. People who learn self control can resist wrong doing or temptation to follow their friends or peers just to avoid embarrassment or to be like everyone else.

* Fasting gives the believers a chance to feel what a hungry needy person feels when he or she does not have any food to eat.

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