Ramadan

Ramadan is intended originated as an observation of the first revelation of the Qur'an to Prophet Mohammed.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It begins upon the visual sighting of the last full moon of the year and lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on the year. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month.

The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness.

The common practice during Ramadan is fasting from dawn to sunset. The pre-dawn meal before the fast is called the suhur, while the meal at sunset that breaks the fast is the iftar. Considering the high diversity of the global Muslim population, it is impossible to describe typical suhur or iftar meals.

Muslims also engage in increased prayer and charity during Ramadan. Ramadan is also a month where Muslims try to practice increased self-discipline.

Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, Muslims also increase restraint, such as abstaining from sexual relations and generally sinful speech and behavior. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity.

It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy and sane, and have no disabilities or illnesses. Many children endeavour to complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life.

Exemptions to fasting are travel, menstruation, severe illness, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. However, many Muslims with medical conditions insist on fasting to satisfy their spiritual needs, although it is not recommended by the hadith. Professionals should closely monitor such individuals who decide to persist with fasting. Those who were unable to fast still must make up the days missed later.

A review of the literature by an Iranian group suggested fasting during Ramadan might produce renal injury in patients with moderate or worse kidney disease, but was not injurious to renal transplant patients with good function or most stone forming patients.

Muslims will continue to work during Ramadan. The prophet Muhammad said that it is important to keep a balance between worship and work. In some Muslim countries, such as Oman, however, working hours are shortened during Ramadan.

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YANZU-YANZU: Saudiyya da wasu kasashe 15 sun ga wata

Kasar Saudiyya , Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia , Dubai da wau kasashe 15 sun alanta ganin watan Shawaal wanda ya kawo karshen watan Ramadan a kasashen..

YANZU-YANZU: Saudiyya da wasu kasashe 15 sun ga wata
Ramadan Day 29: What next after Ramadan?

Ramadan Day 29: What next after Ramadan?

In this NAIJ.com Ramadan series, we look out how Ramadan has shaped the life of an average Muslims and the way to live a purposeful life after Ramadan.

Ramadan Day 29: What next after Ramadan?
Naira ta kara daraja yayinda ake shirin cin bikin Sallar azumi

Naira ta kara daraja yayinda ake shirin cin bikin Sallar azumi

An kulle kasuwan wannan mako inda kudin Najeriya Naira ta kara daraja a kasuwan bayan Fagge, yayinda ake shirin cin bikin Sallar Azumin Ramadanan 1438.

Naira ta kara daraja yayinda ake shirin cin bikin Sallar azumi
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The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has released the names and telephone numbers of members of its moon sighting committee across Nigeria.

NSCIA releases contacts of moon sighting members ahead of Sallah celebration (List)
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Ramadan Day 28: Are Muslims allowed to use money for zakat-al-fitr?

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Ramadan Day 28: Are Muslims allowed to use money for zakat-al-fitr?
To mark Id-El Fitr, FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holiday

To mark Id-El Fitr, FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holiday

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To mark Id-El Fitr, FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holiday
Pastor feeds Muslim orphans and widows in Kaduna (photos)

Pastor feeds Muslim orphans and widows in Kaduna (photos)

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Pastor feeds Muslim orphans and widows in Kaduna (photos)
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Ramadan Day 27: How to be a better Muslim after Ramadan

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Ramadan Day 27: How to be a better Muslim after Ramadan
See what Islamic clerics did to a journalist for drinking water during Ramadan (photos)

See what Islamic clerics did to a journalist for drinking water during Ramadan (photos)

NAIJ.com gathered that a male Pakistani journalist was rough-handled by clerics for daring to drink water inside a mosque during the ongoing Ramadan fasting.

See what Islamic clerics did to a journalist for drinking water during Ramadan (photos)
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RAMADAN: Kungiyar Jama’atu ta yi kira ga Musulmai da su yawaita yin addu’oi

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Ramadan Day 26: Are Muslims allowed to pick a day for Lailatul qadr celebration?

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Ramadan Day 26: Are Muslims allowed to pick a day for Lailatul qadr celebration?
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Ramadan Day 25: 5 lifestyles you must maintain even after Ramadan

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Official date for end of Ramadan announced
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Hukumar binciken sararin samaniya wato National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) ta ce za’a wata Shawwal ranan Asabar 25 ga watan Yuni.,

Sallar azumi: Za’a ga wata a Adamawa, Maiduguri, Taraba, da Damaturu ranan Asabar - NASRDA
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Ramadan Day 24: 5 reasons Muslims should not miss the night of majesty

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Ramadan Day 24: 5 reasons Muslims should not miss the night of majesty
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Ramadan Day 23: 5 family values you should not drop even after fasting ends

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Ramadan Day 23: 5 family values you should not drop even after fasting ends
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Ramadan Day 22: Why some Muslims may be wasting their time fasting?

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Ramadan Day 22: Why some Muslims may be wasting their time fasting?
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Ramadan Day 21: Are you planning to sin after Ramadan?

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Ramadan Day 21: Are you planning to sin after Ramadan?
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Yaushe ne daren Lailatul Qadr kuma yaushe ake shiga I’itikafi?

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Yaushe ne daren Lailatul Qadr kuma yaushe ake shiga I’itikafi?
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Laylatul Qadr: Falalar da ke cikin wannan dare mai albarka

Manzon Allah yayi albishir da daren Laylatul Qadr a wannan wata mai albarka. Mun kawo maku alfarmar wannan watan da kuma karin bayani game da alherin watan.

Laylatul Qadr: Falalar da ke cikin wannan dare mai albarka
Ramadan Day 20: Why should Muslims observe I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadan?

Ramadan Day 20: Why should Muslims observe I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadan?

With regard to the Sunnah, there are many ahaadeeth, such as the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said that the Prophet......

Ramadan Day 20: Why should Muslims observe I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadan?
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Za ku ji cewa an yi abin kunya inda har Najeriya ta ba Kasar Saudiya hakuri yayin da aka buge da saida dabinon da Saudi ta aikowa masu azumin Najeriya a kasuwa.

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