Ramadan (also spelled Ramadaan/Ramazan) is the 9th month of the Muslim lunar calendar and is often known as the month of fasting. Fasting in this month means abstaining from food, drink, smoking and intimate relations with one's spouse between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Fasting is compulsory for all Muslims except small children (until puberty), the elderly, pregnant mothers and those who are sick or afflicted with mental illness. It's also a month of spiritual reflection and a time when Muslims are encouraged to strengthen the bonds of kinship and increase their acts of charity for the benefit of others. And all this without eating or drinking!Not even water?
The whole idea of fasting is to remove the focus from life's pleasures and to empathise with others who are less fortunate. Fasting is a means of regulating the body's desires and to nourish the soul through charity, worship and an improved spiritual connection with God. Water is a beautiful, basic human necessity but so many people around the world do not have access to adequate clean water. By placing ourselves in their situation, we build a greater, more sincere appreciation for all of life's bounties bestowed upon us - especially water! Fasting helps remind us how dependent we are on something as simple as water in order to get through each day. It's this perspective that makes Ramadan the perfect time to show gratitude for all that we have and to reflect upon the happenings of our daily lives. There's so much to be thankful for. And a glass of water is a great place to start.Tell me more
Ramadan starts and ends upon sighting of the new moon.
Muslims fast anywhere between 10-20 hours depending on location.
Fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam.
Ramadan is a month to be immensely charitable.