Ramadan 2017: Muslims, Are You Ready?

Today is the 9th day in month of Shabaan in the Islamic calendar and in no distant time, Muslims around the world will welcome the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it’s a month set aside for fasting. The month will begin on the 27th of May. Aledeh has provided the calendar below for easy access to Islamic calendar.

Muslims are expected to fast for 29 or 30days then end the fast with a festival called Eid-il-Fitri.

Some non-Muslims wonder why Muslims eat at early hours of the morning- they call it early breakfast. It’s never so.

Islam is a religion of ease. The meal known as Sahur is rewarding if taken and prepares the body for the task ahead.

In the evening, after Muslims must have completed the fast from dawn to dusk, they break the fast with fruits and a meal known as Iftar.

During the day while fasting, Muslims are to refrain from eating, drinking, immoral talks, sexual intercourse with one’s spouse because they invalidate the fast.

The idea is not to deny muslims of wordly benefits but intended to bring followers of Islam closer to Allah and to remind them of people who are less fortunate.

In fact , Ramadan is a month where Muslims are given the opportunity to ‘reset’ their relationship with their creator, Allah.

Millions of mosques will be filled up by Muslims especially in the first 10days of Ramadan. Many will recite the Quran just before sunset and the start of their feasting.

Also, donation of money to charity is usually at its peak during Ramadan. Any act carried during the month attracts multiple rewards.

Ramadan, it’s a Bonanza month for Muslims.

Recall that last year, President Muhammadu Buhari extended the Eid-il-Fitri holiday due to delay in the sighting of the moon. It is important to understand that Islamic calender is different from the Gregorian calendar.

Islamic calendar is based on the moon’s cycle, whereas the Gregorian one is determined by the sun. As the two don’t align, the Islamic dates move back by 11 days each year.

It is time to prepare for the holy month.

Allah said: {O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. [Fasting for] a limited number of days …} [Quran 2:183–184].

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