2016年06月14日

Holy Month of Ramadan

A blessed month of mercy

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month of fasting for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam; the others are confession of faith, five daily prayers, Zakah (almsgiving) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah).

Ramadan starts and ends upon the sighting of the moon. The fast requires Muslims to abstain from food, drink, marital relations and ill-conduct during the fast.

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Why Muslims Fast

Fasting in Ramadan is a main pillar of Islam that helps Muslim grow closer to the One God, Allah. According to the Qur’an “Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint”. Fasting, which is recognized for its health, spiritual and psychological benefits, is considered by Muslims as a means to improve their moral characters and provides an opportunity for a spiritual renewal.

It is my second year to spend this blessed month in Miyazaki, Japan. It is very interesting and surprising for my colleagues and other Japanese friends to know we don’t eat from early dawn to sunset ( in Miyazaki around 16 hours). As a result, most of them now know the word Ramadan/ Ramazan through International Muslim friends, classmates or colleagues.

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We start our fasting day with an early morning meal before dawn and break our fast after sunset with dates or water and followed by dinner or IFTAR.

We are lucky enough that even in Miyazaki we can do congregation prayers in our Muslim Community of Miyazaki (MCM) Center. In this prayer at least one-thirtieth of the holy Qur’an is recited. By the end of this month, the congregation would have listened to the recitation of the complete Quran.   

By the end of this precious month, every Muslim pays 7.00 $ (Fitrah) for poor people.

After Ramadan ends, every Muslim celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, which is one of the major festivals in Islam. I will write in detail about it in the coming posts.

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By: Ateffa Jalali

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