5/3/20 Middle and High School RE

What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is on of the 5 pillars of Islam. It is a month long fast during the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Required of all adults, the fast lasts 29 or 30 days, during which Muslims do not eat or drink anything during daylight hours, only before dawn and after dark. Ramadan is revered as the month when the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad, so Muslims try to live especially pure and faithful lives during Ramadan. The fast also helps Muslims learn compassion for those who are truly hungry or needy in other ways. Children are not required to fast until they are ten to twelve years old, although they may begin earlier if they choose and their parents permit. If fasting will endanger a person’s health, they may break the fast.

During Ramadan, there is a festival-type atmosphere after sunset. In many cities Muslims go out after they have broken the fast to visit family and friends or to simply take a walk. Shopping areas and restaurants are open and busy and alive with conversation. On the 27th day of Ramadan, fireworks are often used to celebrate the Night of Power-the night that Muhammad first received revelation of the Koran in 610.


What do you know?
Where in the world is Ramadan practiced?
Is Ramadan the same dates every year?


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Islam is practiced in every country in the world.


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