What is Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and Fasting?

Ramadan, the sacred month and Muslims, is key to Islam. What is it and why is it so important?


What is Ramadan?

The best known is the fast, but there are many other things that must be done during these days. Since departure and until the sun sets, you can not eat, drink water, sex, and smoking. Along with that, he held the corresponding prayers, and most importantly, the feel and Muslims must contact their religion, their God, and reflect on what they experience every day who can not feed. It is a moment of introspection, it must also serve not only to cleanse the body, through fasting but also give more purity to the mind and soul of people. At the time of breaking the fast a very special moment in which families share is generated.

What is fasting?, What does break?

The fast is observed between the time of sunrise and one in which it is placed. During those hours, you can not drink water, or eat or have sex, or smoke. You are only allowed to use water for ablution (cleaning before prayer) but provided no swallow. When the sun goes down, it's time to "break the fast", which in many parts is known as "iftar". So is the moment of a family meal, which abounds in foods like dates, milk, soups and sweets. Also, water and juices. In many houses back to eating just before start fasting the next day.

Who should perform the fast? Are there prohibitions?

It is believed that women and men should do so, while in the case of girls and children that are relative. The woman is considered to have had their first menstruation, while those who can and are considered men ejaculate. Also, take into consideration the appearance of "pubic hair". Although not the tax, fasting ought to be performed by every Muslim and every Muslim. However, there are exceptions, which are:

  • Sick.
  • Elders who are in weak conditions.
  • Those who perform hard labor, in which case fasting could endanger their health and / or life.
  • Women, during their period, while they (well not perform fasting, they should not pray).

Different cases are girls and boys who do not have to meet the fast but is expected to start preparing their families progressively. Therefore, it is common not to eat or drink water for a few days then yes they do. Thus, the range reasonably accustomed. Finally, travelers have certain flexibilities with respect to fasting and prayer, according to the length of your trip.

Eid al-Fitr, what is this?

Upon completion of Ramadan, a time of great importance, spirituality and symbolism for Muslims and produce. On the first day of the following month (Shawwal) celebrated Eid al-Fitr . On this day, prayers are held in the morning and then in the afternoon, start meetings and family visits. Furthermore, the emphasis is given to charity to the poor. People dress in their best clothes, gifts are given and shared with joy. Normally, this is maintained for three days are holidays

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