Ngebray.com,- What is Ramadan and how is it observed? Ramadan is observed by Muslims to commemorate when God revealed the first chapters of the Quran. Islam’s sacred text, to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe that during this period, the gates of heaven are open and the gates of hell are closed. Muslims mark the holy month by fasting during sunlight hours.
The pre-dawn meal is called the suhoor, starting with a few sips of water and some dates. Islam exempts young children, expecting and breast-feeding mothers. Women who are menstruating, the elderly, and those with health conditions from fasting. Abstinence during Ramadan also extends to refraining from sexual activity, smoking, and even to jealousy , anger or other negative thoughts.
Muslims believe that following these practices during Ramadan will lead to self-purification, self-control and bring them closer to Allah. You can exchange Ramadan greetings by saying “Ramadan Kareem…” which translates into “Have a generous Ramadan”. You can also say “Ramadan Mubarak,” which roughly translates into “Happy Ramadan”.
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