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Ramadan Kareem 2020: Date, Time Table, Significance, History, Basic Questions & Rules Of Fasting

Ramadan Mubarak! Here’s What You Need To Know About The Holy Month

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As we know that every faith has days, season, time to encourage the followers to purify their relationship with the maker (creator) and to fulfil the rights of the rest of not only mankind but the creators of the same makers and Islam is no different. Yes, Ramadan 2020 (Ramzan) is the season for the Muslim community to engage in worships, charity works and create a strong bond with the Almighty.

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Speaking about this Holy month, the Almighty says in the Quran, “Ohh who you believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you in the same way it was prescribed upon those before you.” Speaking about the Ramadan, Prophet Muhammed (SAW) has made it quite clear saying that, Ramadan is not just about what goes in the mouth but it also about what comes out of the mouth.

Prophet Muhammed went on and had once said, “Whoever during fasting is not going to be conscious about what statement they utter and they say falsehood, lies, deception, hurtful things they have wasted their times staying away from the food and drink for the sake of Almighty.” 

When does Ramadan 2020 start?

The first day of Ramadan 2020 is scheduled to begin in India from 25 April or 24 April in the middle east countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and others. It is to be noted that Ramadan is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam, which falls during the ninth Islamic Lunar Calendar, Ramzan-ul-Mubarak.

When Does Ramadan 2020 End?

The month of fasting is basically last 29 or 30 days as per the visual sightings of the crescent moon. This holy month ends with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which is likely to fall on May 24 this year, which marks the end of fasting.

What does Ramadan mean?

The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic language, which basically translates as Scorching heat or dryness in the English language. Most Muslims around the world great another Muslim brother saying “Ramadan Mubarak”, which means “Happy Ramadan” or “blessed Ramadan”.

There are people who say “Ramadan Kareem” which means “Heave a generous Ramadan”, although this is not as common as “Ramadan Mubarak”

Is It mandatory for every Muslims to keep fast during Ramadan?

Yes, fasting is obligatory upon every adult Muslims living in the world except those who are suffering from a disease, travelling, are elderly, pregnant women, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

During the daylight of Ramadan, Muslims are asked to not to have sexual intercourse with their spouse. Muslims are not even allowed to drink, smoke and eat anything between the pre-dawn to dusk.

What is Ramadan all about?

Ramadan Mubarak is the month of blessing and forgiveness. In this holy month, Almighty had revealed the first Quranic verse to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr, one of holiest nights of Ramadan. Apart from the Quran, it is reported that all holy scriptures were sent down during Ramadan. It is further believed that the tablets of Ibrahim, the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel and the Quran were sent down on 1st, 6th, 12th, 13th and 24th Ramadan, respectively.

”The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and the clear proof for guidance and criterion. So whoever sights (the new moon of) the month, let him fast it, and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and doesn’t intend for you hardship and wants for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you: and perhaps you will be grateful.” Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185

Ramadan rules of fasting:

  • During the month of Ramadan, five daily prayers are mandatory from dawn to dusk. The names of five daily prayers are Fajr (dawn), Dhuhr (noon), Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (evening), and Isha (night).
  • Apart from Namaz, Zakat or charity is obligatory in Islam but people prefer to donate it during Ramadan. It is a fixed percentage (almost 2.5 %) of the person’s savings that should be given to needy people.
  • During the month of Ramadan, Muslims let go of the worldly pleasures and fast with their family and friends.
  • Keeping a fast is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are chronically ill, pregnant, breastfeeding, menstruating or diabetic.
  • Muslims are not allowed to consume food, liquid, smoking and intimacy with their spouses. They also do not indulge in any kind of abusive speech, insulting, cursing, lying, and fighting, that may negate the reward of fasting.

Ramadan Kareem Quotes:

1. “Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” – Sahih Bukhari

2. “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” – Sahih Bukhari

3. “Fasting is the shield, it will protect you from the hellfire and prevent you from sins.” – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

4. “He has left his food, Drink, and desires for my sake, The fast is for me, So I will reward (The fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times” – Sahih Al Bukhari

Ramadan Mubarak Wishes:

1. Allah’s blessings will always be on us. Celebrate and enjoy as once again, we will be given a chance to repent and ask for forgiveness for our sins and be forgiven. Ramadan Mubarak!

2. Humility for prosperity, Sacrifice for blessings, Bended knees for rewards, Heart laid down for worship To Allah who deserves these all. Ramadan Kareem!

3. I wish this Ramadan, you are gifted with blessings of Allah and many treasured moments of joy! Ramadan Mubarak!

4. Welcome Ramadan, Walk humbly, Talk politely, Dress neatly, Treat kindly, Pray attentively, Donate generously, May ALLAH bless and protect you!

Ramadan Kareem Messages:

  • All I wish that on this holy month your heart and home be filled with all the blessings of Almighty. Happy Ramadan.
  • May this Ramadan bring the blessings for the entire humanity that we can walk on the way of peace and harmony! Happy Ramadan to everyone.
  • I wish that the spirit of Ramadan enlighten your heart and help you clearly judge between truths and false, or right and wrong. Ramadan Mubarak.
  • Ramadan is not only by fasting we need to feed the hungry, help needy, guard our tongue, not to judge others and forgive. That is the spirit of Ramadan.

How do we know when Ramadan starts?

As we have already told you that the beginning and end of this month is based on the Islamic Lunar calendar. In order to inform people about this, a moon-sighting committee in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, will make an official announcement. You must be asking why Saudi Arabia?

Your question is valid but you should know that Makkah is considered to be the home of Almighty and holiest city for Muslims. It is also the birthplace of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Makkah is also a place where Almighty had revealed the first verse of the Quran. This is the reason why Muslims follow Saudi Arabia’s announcement.

How to greet each other during Ramadan?

If you do not know how to wish or greet your fellow Muslims during this holy month, do not worry. You just have to say, Ramadan Mubarak, Ramadan Kareem Mubarak, Happy Ramadan or Ramzan Mubarak.

How do Muslims observe Ramadan?

Fasting is just a medium which restricts humankind to commit sin, use abusive words or have sexual intercourse with their spouses. It is nothing but a purpose to clean the soul by freeing it from bad deeds. You must have seen Muslims across the globe becomes a real Muslim, who performs more Namaz than usual, practice self-discipline, sacrifice donate money for those who are less fortunate. It would not be wrong if we say Ramadan encourages generosity and charity.

When do Muslims break their fast?

Fasting hours around the world end when the sunsets before evening prayer Maghrib. This occurs just after sunset. Dates are traditionally the first food to be eaten each evening. The fast-breaking meal is known as Iftar.

When does fasting start?

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims wake up before the sun rises and engage in a pre-fast meal which is called Suhur or Sehri. Once they eat Sehri they are not allowed to eat or drink anything unless the Sunsets.

What after Ramadan?

Ramadan is basically an exam for Muslims before they get the result on Eid, which is an annual three celebration. It is to be noted that Eid is the biggest festival for Muslims. On the occasion of Eid, almost all Muslims wear a new dress and perform the special prayer, Namaz-e-Eid.

Do non-Muslims have to fast?

Yes, they can observe fast during this month to show respect and follow basic etiquette in daily behaviour. But, fast of Non-Muslim people are not mandatory. Notably, there are thousands of Hindus or Non-Muslim people keep fast during Ramadan every-year to feel the blessing of Ramadan.

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