RAMADAN: What you need to know.


Ramadan is a Muslim holiday that lasts for a month.  Every year, Ramadan is observed on a different day.  In 2016, Ramadan starts on the evening of Sunday, June 5 until Tuesday, July 5.


Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the Five Pillars Of Islam. The actual word Ramadan means extreme heat or dryness.


The beginning and end of Ramada is determined by the lunar Islamic calendar. The moon is used to determine the beginning of Ramadan. The “night of power” is the holiest night of the year for those of Muslim faith. This is the night that is believed to be the first revelation of the Quran. The end of Ramadan comes at the beginning of the next lunar month. The first day of the following month is determined after another crescent new moon is seen. The month lasts 29 to 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.

Fasting Rules

All Muslim adults fast throughout the month except those that are sick, elder pregnant, diabetic, breastfeeding or traveling. Fasting occurs from dawn until sunset as they refrain from consuming food, liquids, smoking and sexual activities. Food and drink are consumed before dawn and after sunset. Rewards for fasting during Ramadan believe to multiply during this month. Fasting is said to redirect the heart away from things going on around them and in the world, it is believed to cleanse the soul by freeing it from impurities that may harm it. The act of fasting also serves as a lesson of practicing self-discipline and self-control as well as sacrificing oneself and feeling empathy for those less fortunate.


“Allah is with those who restrain themselves.” (Quran 16: 128)

“Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the fire.” (Ahmad, Sahee)

“O believers, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you. So that you may become righteous.” (Surah Al- Baqara Ayah 483)

“Even if all the trees on earth were pens, and the ocean inks, with seven more oceans added to it, the words of Allah would not be exhausted: for Allah is infinite in power and wisdom” (Quran 31:27)

“Ramadan is the month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from fire.” (Prophet Mohammad)

Islamic State

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The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), in a new propaganda message, is urging supporters to carry out violent attacks against civilian and military targets within the United States and Europe during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In the TWEET below, there is a link to YouTube, but the video has been removed by YouTube because it promoted violence.


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