Every year, Muslims from all over the world observe Ramadangenerally known as the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar when Muslims fast to commemorate the primary revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad.
The Islamic Calendar is used in accordance to the 5 Pillars of Islam, namely:
Shahada, or Faith; Salat, or Prayer; Zakat, or Charity; Sawm, or Fasting, and; Hajj, or the Pilgrimage to the Mecca.
Ramadan is observed for a whole monthor at least 29 to 30 days. This is based on the Muslims sightings of the crescent moon that are compiled in the hadiths, or the religious reports about the habits, actions, and doings of the prophet Muhammad.
During Ramadan, every capable adult Muslim is obligated to fastexcept for when they are pregnant, are on their period, breastfeeding, diabetic, elderly, travelling, or suffering from certain illnesses.
When is Ramadan 2016?
The ramadan timetable differs each year, but in 2016, it will occur on the 6th of June, Monday, in the United States. As for other parts of the worldsuch as India, France, UK, Canada, and other European and Asian countries will start observing Ramadan on the 7th of June.
The reason why the date changes each year is because of the fact that the Islamic Calendarwhich is generally 10 to 12 days shorter than the Gregorian Calendar--is somehow integrated with the lunar calendar already and fasting times (Sehri and Iftar) varies because of the time of sunrise and sunset.
What happens then is that during the 8th month of the Islamic Cycle, the Moon Sighting Committee starts to decide when the first day of Ramadan would be in various countries in the world. They do the same thing to determine when the last day of Ramadan would be, as well.
What does it cover?
The Ramadan Timetable covers Sehri (start of fasting for the day), and Iftar (end of the days fasting). Heres a sample of the Ramadan Timetable for you to easily understand what happens:
TuesdayJune 7, 2016Sehri starts at 4:14 AM, and ends at 7:20 PM. WednesdayJune 8, 2016--Sehri starts at 4:14 AM, and ends at 7:21 PM. ThursdayJune 9, 2016Sehri starts at 4:13 AM, and ends at 7:22 PM. FridayJune 10, 2016Sehri starts at 4:13 AM, and ends at 7:22 PM. SaturdayJune 11, 2016Sehri starts at 4:13 AM, and ends at 7:23 PM.
The list goes on, and as you might notice, Sehri tends to start earlier, and Iftar ends a bit lateruntil it reaches 7:26 PM, helping teach discipline to the participating Muslims. This way, theyd have more time for worship and charityinstead of sleeping or indulging in other temptations.
In Good Faith
No matter what your beliefs may be, its safe to say that the observation of Ramadan, and the whole Ramadan Timetable itself is quite impressive. It shows that no matter how modernized the world is, its still important to stick with your beliefsand that you should always give importance to your faith.
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