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What is Ramadan?

The fasting month of Ramadan is the holiest and most celebrated time for Muslims around the world.

What is Ramadan?

The fasting month of Ramadan is the holiest and most celebrated time for Muslims around the world.

It is a month that has enormous significance and extends across religions - just like Christmas. For many, Ramadan is a deeply spiritual time of prayer, reflection, seclusion, and purification of the soul.

Ramadan is also a social month. During the day, Muslims fast from morning to evening. When the sun goes down, fasting is broken. Then families and friends gather at home and eat the meal iftar.

During Ramadan, rich people give back to the less fortunate in society.

Every year, millions of people celebrate Ramadan in areas of conflict and grief. For them, an act of compassion and solidarity during Ramadan means so much.

Ramadan will be celebrated by over one billion Muslims in the world

Ramadan and Lent end with the feast and the feast of eid al-fitr, which begins the day after the end of Lent.

How long does Lent last during Ramadan?

During the 29-30 days that Ramadan lasts, all orthodox Muslims must fast every day. From the time the sun rises until it sets, you refrain from eating and drinking.

If you are sick, elderly, pregnant, diabetic or menstruating, you do not need to fast.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

What is zakat?

During the holy month of Ramadan, you as a Muslim are reminded to be extra generous and increase your charity to the poor. The reward of giving during Ramadan is believed to be worth extra. (According to Islam, the benefit of charity during Ramadan is seventy times higher than during the rest of the year.)

Your giving can look in several ways. You can:

• Arrange iftar - the meal that breaks the fast - for the poor.

• Give clothes to the needy during the eid party that ends Ramadan.

• Or help in the community.

Zakat is similar to the term "tithing" for Christians. Giving a portion of your wealth to the poor is a way to give back to the whole community.

Muslims also share their food with neighbors, family and friends - and there is always plenty of food during Ramadan.

Zakat is mandatory for you who have the financial opportunity. It is, like fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam.




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