Read about Ramadan, its history and how it is celebrated in different parts of the world.

Ramadan Around the World

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan, the special month for all Muslims is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During this month Muslims fasts for nearly 30 days and in this time they have meals only twice a day, one before the sunrise called suhoor and other one after the sunset which is called Iftar. This holy month is also known as the time for inner reflection and devotion to Allah.

Origin of Ramadan

Muslims believe that Ramadan is an opportunity for people to develop a raised awareness of the Almighty, the Allah. This month is a time of spiritual cleansing and devotion to Allah. From the historic records it is known that it was during Ramadan the Koran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. According to the legend in around 610 AD, Prophet was roaming around the desert near Mecca then suddenly angel Gabriel came to him and gave a golden tablet. Angel asked Mohammed to read the writings on tablet in which the essence of Quran was inscribed. And within a few days Mohammed found himself completely involved in the verses written and this book later became the holy Quran of Muslims.

Ways to Celebrate Ramadan

Ramadan celebrations can be seen among almost all the Muslims around the world. Even small children actively observe Ramadan rituals and learn a lot about the religion. The most important part of the month is the special prayers and fasting. The fasting, which lasts for a month begins with the suhoor, a light meal at the dawn and ends with the Iftar, a heavy meal after the sunset. Before these meals Muslims recite Ramadan dua and thank Allah for his grace. All these meals and prayers are accompanied by all the family members and friends. Laylat al-Qadr, the night which falls somewhere between the 21st and 29th day is known as the holy night during which Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed. Muslims do special prayers on this night as they believe that a prayer on this single night is better than thousand nights. During this holy month people involve themselves in many good deeds such as helping poor and needy because they believe this month is the time to reconsider their life by doing fine work. On a whole Ramadan is known as the time for peace and brotherly hood. Finally the period of fast is broken with the grand feast called Eid Ul Fitr.

Also known as: Ramadan and Eid Ul-Fitr.

Ramadan Celebrations around the world:
Ramadan in United Arab Emirates