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Countdown To Ramadan

Countdown To Ramadan
From left: Hafiz Samad and Yusuf Khan reading the Quran at the Jame Masjid on May 14, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
May 16
10:00 2018

 

Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims.

Muslims around Fiji are expected to begin their month-long fast from Thursday, May 17, or Friday, May 18.

If the moon is sighted on May 16 then fasting would begin from Thursday and if the moon is not sighted then mandatory fasting begins from May 18.

Ramadan practice:

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day.

Ramadan is a time to practice self-control and self-reflection.

Fasting is a way to clean the soul and have sympathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate.

Muslims go to work and school and take care of their usual activities during Ramadan.

However, some read the entire Quran (holy book), say special prayers and attend mosque more frequently during this time.

During the holy month, Muslims would wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor (sehri).

Each day’s fast is broken with a meal known as iftar.

Traditionally, a date is eaten to break the fast.

It is common for mosques to host large iftars, especially for the poor and needy. Night prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques after iftar.

All Muslims who have reached puberty and are in good health are required to fast.

Muslims also believe that the Quran was revealed during Ramadan.

 

Why do Muslims fast?

Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam.

The pillars include: shahada (a declaration of faith: “There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God”); prayer (Muslims pray five times a day); zakat (charitable giving); fasting; and pilgrimage (Muslims are supposed to make a trip, or “hajj,” to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at least once in a lifetime if they are physically and financially able).

There is also a verse in the Quran that prescribes fasting for all Muslims who are mature and healthy enough to fast for the full day.

So Muslims fast as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to God and a way to become more compassionate to those in need.

The Eid al-Fitr celebration marks the end of the month when Muslims celebrate a successful month of fasting and worship.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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