Ramadan is the Muslim holy month, the ninth by the lunar calendar. Every day of Ramadan is full of special meaning. But the last ten days of this month are considered as particularly sacred. It is the time when people especially seriously devote themselves to prayer, and some of them even go to the mosque and stay there for ten days.
What is the Sense of Ramadan?
Ramadan is considered to be the time of purification. Undoubtedly, fasting is an important part of it. But not the only one. First of all the fasting itself and any other action during this time should serve one purpose – purification. It is believed that all the dark thoughts and desires which overwhelm a person in the days of the Great Lent come not from the evil forces, but from the human himself. During this month people especially should concentrate on getting rid of bad intentions. At this time, the Muslim should spend time in constant prayer and reading the Koran (Muslims Holly Book). It is believed that if you read the entire Koran during Ramadan, it will be especially pleasing to God. Another important point is the charity. Any good affair done during this time should be noted by a special call of the soul because only nominal performance of islamic regulations will not bring goodness. Any action and even the fasting should come from inner intentions.
Refusal of food takes place in the framework of time of curbing of human passion. Even during the hottest and the most exhausting days a Muslim should be firm in his intention to abandon the carnal pleasures and desires. An important aspect of Ramadan is a rejection of entertainments, including music, loud conversations and indiscreet behavior. This is the time not for doing bad things, but for serious reflection and sincere intentions to Allah.
Ramadan is a time of discipline, strength of faith and unity of all Muslims.
Fasting during Ramadan
Fundamentals of fasting are simply understood: during Ramadan a Muslim should not eat any food, drink water or beverages from the sunrise to the sunset. During this month all cafes, restaurants and other catering places are closed until the sunset. And only after sunset it is possible to eat some food.
No matter how strict the fasting is, it has some “contraindications”. So Ramadan fasting is not abided by people with mental disabilities who are not able to realize their actions, children under 7 years, seriously ill and people who are going somewhere. They are not only not recommended, but not allowed to fast if it threatens their health. Also pregnant and breastfeeding women are free from fasting. Old and chronically ill people can also not follow Ramadan, but for each missed day a Muslim should feed a poor person.
It is not acceptable to violate Ramadan. Any violation of fasting beyond the mentioned below situations is considered to be its interruption and “annuls” the whole process. However, every missed day a Muslim is obliged to compensate: to feed 60 poor people by a decent meal.
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