What is Ramadan?

  • (noun): The ninth month of the Islamic calendar; the month of fasting; the holiest period for the Islamic faith.
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Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان‎ Ramaḍān, ; Persian: ‎ Ramazān; Urdu: ‎ Ramzān; Turkish: Ramazan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is wajib (obligatory) for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling or going through menstrual bleeding.

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Some articles on Ramadan:

Ammar Ramadan
... Amar Ramadan Abdel Aziz (born February 5, 1977 in Sudan) is a Sudanese football defender ... Ramadan was a member of the Sudan national football team ...
Ramadan - Origins - Pre-Islamic Observation of Fasting
... Abu Zanad, an Arabic writer from Iraq who lived around 747 A.D ... (after the founding of Islam), wrote that at least one Mandaean community located in northern Iraq observed Ramadan ...
Dar Al-Hijrah - Outreach
... During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Dar Al-Hijrah serves everyone who wants to come eat, whether Muslim or non-Muslim over 800 free meals every night ... Also during Ramadan, it sponsors interfaith and civic iftar dinners with different faith groups to promote mutual understanding ... It also distributes tens of thousands of dollars in zakat every Ramadan ...
Syrian Television Series
... During the evenings of the month of Ramadan, after the Iftar meal is eaten to break the day's fast, families across much of the Arab world watch these special dramas on television ... or about one episode for each night of Ramadan ... These television series are an integral part of the Ramadan tradition, the same way the hakawati, the storyteller who recounted tales and myths, was ...
Sharia Law - Topics of Islamic Law - Dietary Laws
... During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drinks between dawn and sunset ... During Ramadan, the daylight hours will often begin and end with a large meal ... many Muslims participate in special communal prayers held during Ramadan ...

More definitions of "Ramadan":

  • (noun): (Islam) a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan.