10 Facts about Ramadan

10 facts about Ramadan

Another year has gone by, Alhamdulillah Ramadan has come again – but how much do you really know about Ramadan?

Here’s 10 facts about Ramadan you need to know…

1. The Origin of ‘Ramadan’
The term ‘Ramadan’ isn’t arbitrary; it has profound roots. Derived from the Arabic ‘ar-ramad’, it signifies the scorching heat of the sun. This analogy is twofold: historically, the renaming of months placed Ramadan in a particularly hot season, and spiritually, it symbolises the purification of believers’ sins under Allah’s (SWT) intense mercy, akin to sheep enduring the sun’s blaze.

2. Amplified Rewards for Charity
During Ramadan, acts of worship and charity are especially blessed. This month, when the Quran was revealed to Muhammad (PBUH), sees the magnification of rewards for good deeds, with sins forgiven. The final 10 nights, harbouring Laylatul Qadr, offer the pinnacle of divine rewards.

3. Ramadan’s Date is not the same Every Year
Unlike the Gregorian calendar’s solar basis, the Islamic calendar is lunar, causing Ramadan’s dates to shift each year. It commences with the sighting of a new moon, marking the 9th Islamic month.

4. Beyond Fasting from Food and Drink
Ramadan’s fast extends past the abstention from sustenance; it’s a time to eschew all sinful behaviour to draw closer to Allah (SWT). This includes avoiding falsehoods, gossip, and other prohibitive actions during daylight hours.

5. The Significance of Dates
Breaking the fast with dates is not just tradition but a healthful practice endorsed by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Dates provide essential nutrients to prepare the body for fasting, highlighting their importance in Ramadan.

6. Exemptions from Fasting
Not all Muslims are obliged to fast. Exemptions apply to those who are ill, elderly, pregnant, nursing, young children, or travelling. Missed fasts require compensation through later fasting or charitable acts, with deliberate omission carrying a higher penance.

7. A Tradition Nearly 1,500 Years Old
Ramadan’s observance dates back to 624 CE in Medina, making this year the 1,398th anniversary. Its historical roots deepen its significance in the Islamic faith.

8. For Some – Life Goes On As Normal
Despite the fasting challenge, Muslims are expected to fulfil their daily responsibilities. However, in some regions, work and school schedules may adjust during Ramadan.

9. Charity and Celebration Mark the End
Ramadan concludes with obligatory charity (Zakat al-Fitr), gift exchanges, and a communal feast to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, ushering in Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar.

10. Seasonal Greetings
To truly embrace the spirit of Ramadan, extend greetings such as ‘Ramadan Kareem!’ or ‘Ramadan Mubarak!’, and ‘Eid Mubarak!’ as the month concludes, celebrating the joy and generosity of this sacred time.

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