Ramadan is important for Muslims because it is the month in which Allah revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the night of power (Laylat al-Qadr). The Quran is the holy book of guidance for Muslims that contains the teachings and commands of Allah. Ramadan is also a month of worship, charity, self-control and gratitude. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day, abstaining from food, drink and other worldly pleasures. They also perform extra prayers, recite the Quran, give alms to the poor and needy, and seek forgiveness from Allah for their sins.
### How do Muslims celebrate Ramadan in Bangladesh?
Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country with about 90% of its population following Islam. Ramadan is a very special and festive time for Bangladeshi Muslims who observe it with great devotion and enthusiasm. Some of the ways they celebrate Ramadan are:
– They wake up before dawn to have a pre-dawn meal called sehri or suhoor. They eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water to prepare themselves for the day-long fast.
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– They perform fajr prayer at dawn and then go about their daily activities such as work, school or household chores.
– They avoid any kind of negative behavior such as lying, cheating, gossiping or fighting during Ramadan.
– They perform zuhr prayer at noon, asr prayer in the afternoon and maghrib prayer at sunset. They break their fast with a date or water followed by a meal called iftar or futur. They share their food with their family members, neighbors and friends.
– They perform taraweeh prayer at night after isha prayer. Taraweeh is a special prayer that consists of reciting long portions of the Quran in congregation.
– They spend some time in reading or listening to the Quran, making supplications (dua), remembering Allah (dhikr) or doing other acts of worship.
– They try to attend special lectures or sermons on Islamic topics that are held in mosques or other places during Ramadan.
– They look forward to laylat al-qadr which is believed to be one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. It is said that this night is better than a thousand months and that Allah grants whatever one asks for on this night.
– They celebrate eid al-fitr on the first day of Shawwal which marks the end of Ramadan. Eid al-fitr means “festival of breaking fast” and it is a joyous occasion where Muslims thank Allah for His blessings and mercy. They wear new clothes, exchange greetings and gifts, visit relatives and friends,
pray eid prayer in large gatherings and enjoy various delicacies.
### What are some benefits of fasting in Ramadan?
Fasting in Ramadan has many benefits for Muslims both spiritually and physically. Some of them are:
– Fasting strengthens one’s faith in Allah and increases one’s piety (taqwa).
– Fasting purifies one’s soul from sins and evil thoughts.
– Fasting teaches one patience, perseverance, discipline and self-control.
– Fasting enhances one’s gratitude towards Allah’s favors and bounties.
– Fasting fosters empathy towards those who are less fortunate and encourages charity (zakat)and generosity (sadaqah).
– Fasting improves one’s health by detoxifying one’s body from harmful substances,
Mahe Ramzan, or Ramadan, is a sacred month for Muslims around the world. It is a time of fasting, prayer, charity and spiritual reflection that commemorates the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. In this blog post, we will explore some of the aspects and meanings of Mahe Ramzan in different cultures and regions.
Fasting from dawn to dusk
One of the most distinctive features of Mahe Ramzan is fasting, or sawm, which is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset as a way of purifying their souls and attaining taqwa, or consciousness of God. Fasting also teaches self-discipline, self-control and empathy for those who are less fortunate.
Fasting during Mahe Ramzan varies depending on the location and season. For example, in some parts of Scandinavia or Canada, where daylight hours are very long or short during certain times of the year, Muslims may follow alternative timings based on nearby countries or regions with more moderate daylight hours. In some Muslim-majority countries, such as Saudi Arabia or Qatar, working hours are reduced and most restaurants are closed during fasting hours.
Breaking the fast with iftar
After a long day of fasting, Muslims break their fast with a meal called iftar. Iftar usually begins with dates and water or milk, following the tradition of Prophet Muhammad. Then it may include various dishes depending on local cuisines and preferences. Some common foods are soups, salads, breads, rice dishes, meat dishes and sweets.
Iftar is often a social occasion where families and friends gather to share food and gratitude. In some places, mosques or community centers may host free iftar meals for anyone who wishes to join. In some cities around the world, such as London or New York City , there are also public iftar events where people from different faiths and backgrounds can come together to celebrate diversity and solidarity.
Praying at night with taraweeh
Another important aspect of Mahe Ramzan is praying at night with taraweeh prayers. Taraweeh prayers are extra prayers that are performed after the last obligatory prayer of the day (isha). They consist of reciting portions of the Quran in sequence until it is completed by the end of Mahe Ramzan.
Taraweeh prayers can be performed individually or in congregation at mosques or homes. They can last for an hour or more depending on how many units (rakat) are prayed and how fast they are recited. Some people may also perform additional voluntary prayers (nawafil) before or after taraweeh prayers.
Seeking forgiveness and blessings on laylat al-qadr
One of the most special nights during Mahe Ramzan is laylat al-qadr , which means “the night of power” or “the night of decree”. It is believed to be one of the odd-numbered nights during the last ten days of Mahe Ramzan , when Allah revealed the first verses of Quran to Prophet Muhammad through Angel Gabriel.
Laylat al-qadr is considered to be better than a thousand months in terms of rewards and blessings for those who worship Allah sincerely on this night . Muslims spend this night in prayer , reading Quran , making supplications (dua) , seeking forgiveness (istighfar) , giving charity (zakat) and doing good deeds . It is also said that Allah decrees what will happen for each person in their life until next year on this night .