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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Effects of Ramadan on Nigeria

      What is the meaning of RRamadan
THE HOLY month of Ramadan begins in May as Muslims around the world will fast from sunrise to sunset and devote more time to reading the Holy Koran. But when does Ramadan start and what is the meaning?

Ramadan is the holy month in which Muslims fast and refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. The month of Ramadan begins on May 15 this year and changes every year depending on the sighting of the new moon.

Muslims across the world take part in the holy month of fasting and it is a time for spiritual reflection, acts of charity and spending time with loved ones.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of father, daily prayer, charity and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca - the Holy City.

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During Ramadan, Muslims will wake up before sunrise and have a meal (suhoor), recite the morning prayer and fast during daylight hours.

They will refrain from eating and drinking until after sunset when they will have another meal (iftar).

The only people who do not have to fast during Ramadan are children, the elderly, pregnant women, people who are travelling or those who are ill and women on their period.

Muslims not only forgo food and water in Ramadan but also refrain from smoking and sexual activity during daylight hours.
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In the holy month, Muslims will renew their focus on prayers and increase their recitation of the Holy Koran.
Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Holy Koran, Islam’s holy book, was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad more than 1,400 years ago.

The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate.

Muslims are encouraged to recite a full recitation of the Holy Koran at least once during the month.
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Muslims attend an Eid al-Fitr mass prayer to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in the southern province of Pattani

Muslim women attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan
Giving to good causes and generosity to neighbours is encouraged during the holy month.

It is a period of reflection, patience, self-restraint and generosity intended to bring Muslims closer to Allah.

The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid al-Fitr which directly translates to mean ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’.

Depending on the start of Ramadan and the new moon sighting on the 29th night of Ramada, Eid al-Fitr will fall between Thursday, June 14 and Saturday, June 16 this year.

During Eid Muslims gather together with friends and family and wish each a happy Eid by saying ‘Eid Mubarak.’

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