Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the month of fasting from the dawn to the dusk observed by all the Muslims worldwide. The month lasts for about 29-30 days depending upon the sighting of the moon. The month has got extra importance as it was the month when Quran (The Muslim Holy Book) was revealed. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) for the first time. And it is also the same month when Quran got completed. Since Ramadan 2018 is just about to begin, here are some of the facts about this month, its significance, and schedule for Ramadan 2018.
When is Ramadan 2018
This year Ramadan will begin on the evening of Wednesday, May 16 in Arab and many other countries (on the evening of Thursday, May 17 in countries like India and Pakistan) and will end on Friday, June 15th (June 16th respectively). However, the beginning and the end date of Ramadan largely depends upon the sighting of the new moon. (So, there is a probability that this date may conflict).
Moon sighting of the Ramadan
Today, moon sighting for Ramadan 2018 took place in many countries including the USA, UK, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Austrailia, and many others. However, the crescent was not spotted and hence, Austrailian, Malaysian, and Saudia Arabian committee declared first Ramadan to fall on Thursday, May 17th, 2018.
Pronunciation of Ramadan
Ramadan is pronounced as Ra-ma-dan or Ram-zaan and is romanized as Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan. The pronunciation and the spelling differ in different areas and countries.
When will be Night of Power
The night of power falls on any odd date of the last ten days i.e. 21,23,25,27,29. The “night of power” is also known as the “night of decree” and is considered as the holiest night of the world.
End of Ramadan
This holy month ends on the 1st of Shawwal (the 10th month of Islamic calendar) and it marks as one of the main festivals of Muslim. The holiday is termed as Eid-ul-fitr. Muslims celebrate this day by wearing new clothes, eating good food, giving fitra, and thanking their God to bless them with the month of Ramadan and making them able to end it with patience and emaan. Eid al-Fitr may likewise be a reference towards the idea of completing the month of fasting effectively and coming back to the more regular routine of having the capacity to eat, drink and resume closeness with life partners amid the day.
Ramadan Schedule of Sehr and Iftaar)
Fasting begins with preserving pre-fast meal before the dawn and then not eating anything until the dusk. The pre-fast meal that Muslims observe is called Sehr and the post-fast meal is called Iftaar. Also, you can see the Ramadan schedule for Sehr and Iftaar this year by clicking here.
The significance of the Month of Ramadan
Ramadan is the month of God and it holds a huge significance in the Islamic world. Here are some of the facts that make this month holier and even important for all the Muslims who believe in one true God.
- Quran Kareem was first revealed in the month of Ramadan
- Quran Kareem was completed in the month of Ramadan as well
- The night of power falls in Ramadan that is better than a thousand month
- Devil is chained up
- Paradise gates are opened and gates of hell are closed.
- Umrah in Ramadan is considered the equivalent of Hajj.
- Ramadan teaches patience and self-control. It makes you able to give up on your desires and saves you from sins and wrongdoings.
- Ramadan promotes the idea of helping poor and needy and therefore, there is a certain amount of charity that everyone has to give away to poor people.
Trendmut and its team would like to wish all the Muslims around the Globe a very happy and blessed Ramadan 2018.