Why Ramadan is the most sacred month in Islam
The holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week, is a time when Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk, and are encouraged to pray and worship more than other months of the year.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and chosen by God as the most sacred period for Muslims.
It is month when Muslims typically congregate for prayers, focus more on reciting the Qur’an, gather around festive meals to break their daylong fast, and exchange visits.
However, this is the second year that Ramadan will coincide with the global coronavirus pandemic, forcing Muslims to navigate the Covid-19 restrictions.
The start of Ramadan fluctuates each year because the lunar Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon. The beginning and end of Ramadan are determined by the moon sighting.
If the moon isn’t visible to the naked eye because of haze or clouds, lunar calculations are used to predict whether it’s in the sky. This year, Ramadan begins on April 13 in some countries, and on April 14 in others.
The Qur’an was also revealed by God to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during Ramadan and Allah has provided more blessings for reciting this holy book during this month.
Muslims regard the Qur’an as Muhammad's most important miracle; a proof of his prophethood.
Fasting from dawn to dusk is obligatory for all Muslims who have reached the age of puberty and are able-bodied.
The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of fasting were mentioned in Islam over 14 centuries ago and proven by modern science and the recent studies.