The name Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word ramada or ar-ramad, denoting intense scorching heat and dryness, especially the ground. From the same word there is ramada, meaning ‘sunbaked sand’ and the famous proverb Kal Mustajeer minar ramadaa binnar – to jump out of the frying pan into the fire.
Ramadan is a month with 29 or 30 days depending on the sightings of the moon. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, the month where Qur’an was revealed to prophet Mohammed PBUH. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This is called fasting. Fasting is important during Ramadan as it allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith and come closer to Allah, or God.
By fasting, giving Zakat (alms), Reading Quran, and refraining oneself from impure and evil activities. The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. Muslims often donate to charities during the month and feed the hungry. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The other pillars are – Muslim declaration of faith, Daily prayer of five times, Charity, and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
Ramadan is also called as the month of celebration for the first revelation that Prophet Mohammed received. The revelations make up the Quran that the Muslims read today. The people who celebrate Ramadan are the Muslim people in the world. In the world, there are more than 1.6 billion Muslims.
Muslims from all over the world regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, or color, fast in the Holy Month of Ramadan. They are not allowed to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sun fall throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. They are also supposed to stay away from things prohibited by Islam during this Month.
The end of Ramadan is marked by the Islamic holy day of Eid Al-Fitr, sometimes just called Eid. Eid begins on the first day of the Islamic lunar month of Shawwal, and the celebration may last as long as three days.
History Of Ramadan
One night during the month of Ramadan – known as Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power – in the year 610 AD when Muhammad was 40 years of age and was passing the month in meditation in Mount Hira, he had a vision of an angel appearing before him. This angel introduced himself as Jibril and revealed that Muhammad was the messenger of Allah and was born to be a prophet to his people. The angel asked Muhammad to recite what he said. Allah gave Mohammed the teachings of the Qur’an and set him on his path to becoming the prophet of Islam.
The main reason why Ramadan is so special is that it is the time when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad SAW through Angel Jibril. The Quran was revealed to the Prophet SAW orally over the course of 23 years. During that period, the followers of the Prophet would memorize the verses of the Quran by writing it on objects like stone, silk, and leather. The main reason why the Quran was revealed was so that people could use it as a guide in their life where they learn about the history of Islam, the stories of previous Prophets and mentions of this life and the hereafter.
It was not until the second year of the Hijrah (during the month of Sha’ban) when the Messenger of God migrated to Medina (previously called Yathrib) and the command of Ramadan fasting was officially revealed in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 183-184.
Facts About Ramadan
1. During Ramadan, Muslims cannot eat or drink during daylight hours. Sexual relations, smoking, and anything indecent or excessive are also prohibited.
2. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Young children, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on their periods, the elderly, and people with health problems, aren’t expected to fast.
3. Ramadan is often a community affair, with more people attending a mosque in the evenings and coming together with friends and family for iftar.
4. In many Muslim countries, restaurants remain open during Ramadan, with a sign posted stating that food will be served to non-Muslim people only.
5. It’s celebrated on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This year (2018) lasts from May 15th to June 14th, but those dates vary each year.
6. Right at sunset, the fast is broken with a meal called “iftar.” This usually includes dates and water which is what the Prophet Muhammad used to break his fasts.
7. During the last 10 days of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the Laylat Al Qadr, the holiest night of the year. It commemorates the night that the Quran, the Muslim Holy Book, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
8. You can express well-wishes for Ramadan by saying “Ramadan Kareem” (“Have a generous Ramadan”) or “Ramadan Mubarak” (which can translate as “Happy Ramadan).”
9. Curious to know about how many people celebrate Ramadan? Well, to give you a general idea, as of 2015, there were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. That number is expected to increase by 3 billion by 2060.
10. If a Muslim person breaks their fast unintentionally, there is no punishment. However, some infractions require making up for missed days which is called “Qaeda.”
11. You might be wondering how athletes deal with fasting, and there are many different ways. Some athletes will have makeup fasting days; some will fully participate and claim their performance even improves. There are also others who will drink a little water or fast except for a small pre-game meal.
12. If someone is sick during Ramadan and is unable to fast, he or she can make up the fast when they recover.
13. While Ramadan calls for a month of fasting, the demand for food actually increases. After Iftar (the meal after sundown), people flock to cafes to eat and meet friends.
14. In order to declare the beginning of Ramadan, Muslim-majority countries, such as Saudi Arabia, depending on the moon sighters. When these moon sighters see a crescent moon, Ramadan can begin.
15. The two main branches of Islam, the Sunnis, and Shiites break their Ramadan fasts differently. Sunnis typically break their fast when the sun is no longer on the horizon, but the sky is still light. Shiites break their fast when the last ray of light has gone.
16. The Fanous is a type of light or lantern that is traditionally used during Ramadan. It represents hope and a “light in the darkness.”
17. If done correctly, fasting during Ramadan can release endorphins that improve mental well-being. It can also help detoxify the body.
18. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, has the longest-lasting fast in the world, with the fast-starting just after 2 am and finishing at midnight. That’s about 22 hours long!
20. A worldwide celebration called Eid al Fitr marks the end of the fast. Its festival begins as soon as the new moon comes into view.
“Let our religions unite us for human kindness rather than dividing us on what we believe. Eid Mubarak”
― Hockson Floin
“Ramadan is a BOOT CAMP for the Muslim body and soul. In this Holy month, make every day count.”
― Ibn Jeem
“In His infinite mercy, Allah has sent the light of Ramadan to erase the night. He has sent the month of the Qur’an so that He might elevate us and bring us from our isolation to His nearness.”
― Yasmine Mogahed
The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.
Allah says in Quran: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.”
~ [Quran, 2: 183]
“I look back and half of Ramadan is over in the blink of an eye. Before I know I will be saying that about my entire life.”
~ Nouman Ali khan
“Ramadan is the month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from fire. “
~ [Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)]
As Muslims embark on a new experience of observing Ramadan solely within their own homes, there are other considerations such as not venturing out for shared meals, communal prayers or to perform acts of charity to help others. But the basic rules for this ninth month of the Islamic calendar still stand.
When to eat
Fasting runs each day between a pre-dawn meal (known as suhoor) and a meal after sunset (iftar).
All male and female adults (meaning anyone who has undergone puberty) must take part in fasting.
Elderly or ill
The elderly and chronically ill (including diabetics) are exempt from fasting, along with the severely mentally ill. Doctors can give advice on whether you are fit and well enough to fast.
What happens instead
Those with permanent health conditions instead help the poor to compensate for not fasting.
Women who are pregnant, menstruating or breastfeeding don’t have to fast. If you begin your period during Ramadan fasting, the fast is broken and you must make up for it later.
If you have sex during the fast, then you have broken the fast and must perform kaffarah (see no 9 above).
You can brush your teeth and rinse your mouth but it’s not permitted to swallow any water, or you would invalidate the fast.
If you need injections for medical reasons, it’s perfectly acceptable to continue these and the fast will not be broken.
Accidentally swallowing food or dust (such as airborne particles of sieved flour) or your own saliva will NOT invalidate the fast. You can also deliberately taste food, for instance if checking the seasoning when preparing a meal for the iftar later, as long as you don’t swallow the food.
Eyeliner and eye drops are allowed, and drops MUST be continued if someone is suffering glaucoma. The advice is to use drops before and after the fasting and use a technique to stop the fluid draining down into the throat.
Ramadan Wishes, SMS And Messages
An amazing and extremely healthy way to grasp most of the blessings from the month of Ramadan is to stay in touch with your loved ones and bridge the difference if there are any. Ramadan Kareem wishes, SMS and messages are an easy, convenient and cheap way to spread this kind of love with your friends and family. This is also a great idea to get most of the blessings in this blissful month of holiness and peace.
Wishes For Friends And Family
Ramadan is the month where the fiery horns of the devil’s freeze. Let us take this opportunity to spread love, happiness, and eradicate hatred. Have a peaceful and blessed Ramadan.
“May Allah, once more, lead the way in the direction of enlightenment, allows you to repent from your wrong and misdeeds, and fill your life with tons of blessings as well as happiness. Ramadan Mubarak!”
As You Log Out Of Last Year
And Login To This Year’s Ramadan,
I Wish To Send You Happy Ramadan Wishes
Full Of Success, Prosperity, Happiness And Joy.
May God Give You Protection And Good Health.
Humility for prosperity, Bended knees for rewards, Sacrifice for blessings, Heart laid down for worship To Allah who deserves these all. Happy Ramadan Kareem!
“May Allah SWT sends his love and blessing like sunshine,
In his warm and gentle ways,
To fill every corner of your heart,
And your Life with lots of happiness.”- Happy Ramadan Kareem!
My friend, Welcome to the month of Ramadan. And hope you will keep a distance from all kinds of sinful behavior. Make an increased offering of Salat and recitation of the Holy Quran. Wishing you all blessings.
As the sacred occasion of Ramadan is here And the air is full of The soul of amusement and enjoyment.My greatest dreams are for you!Ramadan Mubarak!
May you have all the good health and strength to perform all the prayers in this holy month. Ramadan Mubarak, My friend.
Dear Friend, Ramadan Mubarak. I wish you all happiness and prosperity. May all your prayers be answered soon.
Allah made you Muslim because he wants to see you in JANNAH. All you have to do is prove that you’re worthy of it my friend. Wishing You a Happy Ramadan Mubarak!
I pray for your continuous abundance in life, satisfaction, and joy. May all of these be a grant to you, for you are a great brother I treasure. A blessed Ramadan to you!
Dear friend,Your validity for carrying food Through the day time has died. Please quickly next 30 days To restart your daily lifetime food. Thank you for ingestion.Happy Ramadan
Dear! May Divine Pour His blessings on you Like rain during this sacred month recite Quran for blessings B caring on your prayersThe Merciful will provide you more thanYour heart needs.
Ramadan Iftar A glass of Care A plate of Love A Spoon of Peace A branch of Truth & A bowl of Duaas Mix with spices of Quran. I appreciate this Iftar. Ramadan Mubarak!
Ramadan is not only about fasting, but we also need to feed the hungry, help needy, guard our tongue, not to judge others and forgive. That is the spirit of Ramadan.
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May the light which we observe at Ramadan show us how & guide us together about the Route of peace & social stability Wish you happy Ramadan Mubarak
“Four Weeks of mercy, 30 days of worship, 720 hours of Spirituality. The 43,200 Minutes of Forgiveness, 2592000 Seconds of Happiness.”- Ramadan Kareem!
It’s the month when the devils are chained,
The gates of hell are closed.
The gates of paradise are opened.
It’s the month the holy prophet used to pray to witness.
It’s the month of forgiveness
It’s the blessed month of Ramadan.
May Allah shower his blessings and
grant you forgiveness in this holy month.
On Ramadan Mubarak, I supplicate that Allah’s choicest endowments and love be showered upon you. Ramzan Mubarak
Fortunate Is The One
Who Has Learned To Admire,
But Not To Envy.
Good Wishes For A Joyous Ramadan
And A Happy New Year With A Plenty
Of Peace And Prosperity.
Walk Humbly, Talk politely, Dress neatly, Treat kindly, Pray attentively, Donate generously, May ALLAH bless & protect you! Happy Ramadan
Ramadan Wishes SMS
All I wish is that on this holy month your heart and home be filled with all the blessings of Almighty. Happy Ramadan.
“Darkness says goodbye to, only happiness for much more. Allah will honor you and border you with pleasure. Today, tomorrow as well as always, may you have calmed as well as a happy life. Ramadan Mubarak!”
May Allah bless your path with knowledge and light that will help to enlighten your heart! Wishing you a Happy Ramadan.
As the crescent moon is sighted…
And the holy month of Ramadan begins…
May Allah bless you with happiness
grace your home with warmth & peace !
Happy Ramadan to everyone. May the blessings of the month Ramadan be on all of us and may Allah grant our prayers and fasts!
May the holy spirit of the month of Ramadan spark in your heart and guide you to walk through your life. Ramadan Mubarak.
Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family. May the holy essence of this auspicious month remain in your family and life!
May we all find blessing and guidance as we recite the Quran all together in the Ramadan Days. Ramadan Mubarak.
May the soul of RAMZAN illuminate the entire world and reveal how to peace and stability. Ramzan Mubarak
Happy Ramadan to everyone. May all your devotions are answered and May Allah rewards you for all the good deeds you!
Sending wishes on this holy month that may Allah always bless you and your family with joys, togetherness and happiness. Happy Ramadan.
As the Fajar azan begins
And the 1st holy fast begins
May Allah bless you with happiness
and grace your home with warmth & peace.
In the event of Ramadan, let us observe and love and ask Allah for the forgiveness of the sins and be forgiven. Ramadan Mubarak!
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.
Alhamdulillah! Ramadan is here again; a time to seek Allah’s forgiveness and blessings. Happy Ramadan Kareem!
Ramadan is time to empty your stomach to feed your soul. Have a blessed Ramadan!
This is the month visit the poor, the sick and the old. In this way, we offer thanksgiving the Almighty. Ramadan Mubarak!
Fasting is the shield, it will protect you from the hellfire and prevent you from sins. – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Ramadan is the greatest opportunity to ask Allah for forgiveness. Thank him for his blessings and for keeping you alive until this minute.
May the choicest blessing of Allah fill your life with joy and prosperity. Ramadan Mubarak.
I hope this month inspires us to spread Allah’s peace, love, and unity across the world. Happy Ramadan Mubarak!
Ramadan you peace, prosperity, good health, wealth, and may not brighten your life forever.
May the greatness of Allah fulfill your desires and dreams, With happiness and peace around you. Ramadan Mubarak!
I wish this Ramadan, you are gifted with blessings of Allah and many treasured moments of joy. Ramadan Mubarak
When the month of Ramadan start, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained. Ramadan Mubarak!