Ramadan and its Significance
The sacred month of Ramadan, is considered the most significant month as per the traditional Islamic calendar. This is a month which is spent by the Muslim community throughout the world in great contemplation of the Almighty and self, while offering prayers, fasting and feasting. The month long fasting during Ramadan is considered, one of the five pillars of Islam. The biggest significance of this month lays in the fact that as per the Holy Quran, Prophet Muhammad received first verses of the holy text during Ramadan.
As per Islamic law it is a scared duty of every adult Muslim to observe the fasting throughout this month, with an exception to those whore are severely ill, traveling, pregnant and menstruating women. Recitation of Quran and offering of prayers is also an integral part of Ramadan.
Practices during Ramadan
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is not just limited to refraining from consuming solids and liquids but it is the time designated for spiritual retrospection, to get rid of all the worldly clutter that shrouds ones mind and to focus on the spiritual aspect and teachings of Islam.
In contemporary times, iftar has become a kind of social gathering, where relatives, friends and family members gather together have buffet style meals and break their fast together. On this occasion numerous delicacies are prepared, including special desserts.
Giving charity to the poor is also a common practice encouraged by Islam and is considered even more appropriate to indulge in, during Ramadan. The last day of Ramadan is celebrated as Eid ul-Fitr and people gather at mosques for offering prayers, wear new clothes and enjoy feasts with friends and family members.