Have you ever wondered what Ramadan is? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Every year, all over the world, millions of people in the Muslim faith celebrate and participate in Ramadan. It’s a time of reflection, fasting, and spirituality. To celebrate, they follow certain customs and rules for a lunar month. At the very end, they have a big celebration. Even though it happens every year, there are still plenty of people who aren’t aware what it really is. Hence, why you’re probably here. Curious to find out more about it? Here are 10 Intriguing Ramadan Facts You Might Not Know.
10: It’s celebrated on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This year (2019) it lasts from May 6th to June 4th, but those dates vary each year.
9: Ramadan is celebrated as the time when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE.
8: During Ramadan, fasting from food, drink, and other pleasures is expected, focusing instead on prayer and spirituality. They also are encouraged to abstain from gossip and cursing.
7: Before the fast begins each day at dawn, they will have an early morning meal called “suhoor”.
6: Right at sunset, the fast is broken with a meal called “iftar.” This usually includes dates and water which is what the Prophet Muhammad used to break his fasts.