What is Ramadan? Things you need to know about this Islamic month

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What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by the Muslims around the world with full zest. It is a month of great blessings and fasting in this month is a great deed which is of great rewards. As Ramzan is going on so today we thought to focus on what is Ramadan and many other things related to it which Muslims must know.

A simple answer to the question that what is Ramadan is that it is a ninth Islamic month in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. However, Ramadan is not only to keep a fast but we should also stay away from all the bad deeds in this month. Ramadan produces a feeling of empathy in the Muslims and they feel how poor suffer when hungry or thirsty. Thus, the month of Ramadan produces good effects in society.

However, there are many other things which Muslims must know about Ramadan as we fast in this month and we must do it rightly. Moreover, there are many things which we should know for the sake of having knowledge. Thus, following are important things which we should know about Ramadan;

Meaning of Ramadan and order of fasting in it:

The word Ramadan is derived from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad that means scorching heat or dryness. The fasting in Ramzan became obligatory in the month of Shaban in 2nd AH. The fast which Muslims keep in Ramzan is also called roza or sawm.

Who cannot fast?

Fasting in Ramadan is obligatory for Muslims who are adult. However, those Muslims who are ill, travelling, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, menstruating and chronically ill can skip the fast at that time and keep it later when things are good or when they are okay and not going through any of the before mentioned things.

Which things break the fast and which don’t?

There are many acts or things about which Muslims are not sure that whether they break the fast or not. Therefore, we will state today about some of the things that break the fast and some that don’t as Muslims may be unaware of it.

Some of the things that don’t break the fast:

According to Shaykh  Mohammad Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen, lying, swearing or using bad speech doesn’t break the fast however, these things reduce the reward of fasting. Moreover, he also says that removing a tooth doesn’t break the fast. According to Shaykh Ibn Baz, vomiting doesn’t break the fast unless it is done intentionally. According to both Shaykh Mohammad Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen and Shaykh Ibn Baz, applying henna doesn’t break the fast.

Some of the things that break the fast:

According to Shaykh Mohammad Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen, nutritional injection breaks the fast as they are considered similar to food. He also states that smoking and cupping break the fast as the hadith about cupping breaking the fast is very clear.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) said, “The one cupping and the one undergoing cupping both break their fast.” (Sahih Abu Dawud no. 2074)

However, besides the things mentioned above, there are many other things that break the fast and things that don’t break the fast. Moreover, it is very important for Muslims to know what is Ramadan and many other things about it which affect the fast and which give knowledge about Ramadan in order to make the fast perfect and error free.

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