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Festivity - Ramadan (Ramzan) July 2016
Ramadan (Ramzan) is the Blessed Month of Fasting and is observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world. Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to Angel Gabriel and later was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. It is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers.

God states in the Qur'an: "O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self-restraint." (Qur'an 2:183)

Sawm or siyam means fasting and all adult Muslims are required to abstain from food, drink and sexual intercourse during daylight hours that is from dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the person patience, humility and self control. Before retirement each night, special congregational prayer is offered in which long passages of the Koran are recited.

It also asking forgiveness for the sins, and asking for help with refraining from every day evils and trying to purify oneself through self-restraint. Elderly men and women, and those who are ill with no expectation of recovery or on a journey, and women who are menstruating, pregnant or nursing, are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year if they are healthy and able.

Ramadan gives a great opportunity to share Islam and more specifically, its values of spirituality, generosity and kindness with others, especially your neighbors.

Also Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity, lowering of cholesterol and essential hypertension.

To a Muslim, Ramadan fasting is not just refraining from eating and drinking but carries the added significance of worship and strengthen the foundation of Muslim life viz. observance of The 'Five Pillars' of Islam.

The 'Five Pillars' of Islam are:
• Testimony of Faith (Kalima) :Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophet hood of Muhammad;
• Prayer (Salat) :Establishment of the daily prayers; Five times each day (before dawn, noon, afternoon, after sunset, and evening)
• Fasting (Sawm): Self-purification through fasting;
• Almsgiving (Zakat): Concern for and almsgiving to the needy; and
• Pilgrimage (Hajj): The pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca) for those who are able.
Ramadan beginning is decided once the crescent moon (hilal) is sighted. When the Crescent moon is visible again at the end of the month, it is the time to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr (break the fast).
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