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Ramadan is in the Islamic calendar the ninth month and a sacred fasting period that constitutes one of the five pillars of Islam. Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. For 29 or 30 days, all devout Muslims must fast, which means refraining from eating, drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations from dawn until sunset (as mentioned in the Quran 2:183-187). Are you perhaps one of those who fasts? Or maybe you just want to learn more about it? Then you’re in the right place! Here are ten points you should know about the subject!

Palestinian judge banned divorces during Ramadan…

Mahmoud al-Habbash, a Palestinian Sharia judge, prohibited divorces during Ramadan because “people make hasty decisions when they are hungry.” This occurred as recently as 2017, and the judge justified his stance based on past experiences. [source]

Just a myth that it negatively affects grocery stores…

One might easily assume that the food industry suffers during Ramadan – but it’s actually the opposite! It’s common to have more banquets and gatherings during the holiday, leading to increased shopping in stores. [source]

President Jefferson was early in understanding Ramadan…

Former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson delayed a state dinner for the Tunisian ambassador until sunset to accommodate the ambassador’s observation of the Ramadan fast as early as 1805. [source]

Geographically based, too…

Something that may have escaped many is that Muslims living above the Arctic Circle can choose when they want to fast. [source]

However, this can lead to serious fetal issues…

Studies have indicated that Muslim children born 9 months after Ramadan are much more likely to have disabilities. This is because their mothers fasted during the first month of pregnancy. [source]

A hotly debated topic for Muslim astronauts…

In 2007, Islamic scholars in Malaysia spent a year considering how the country’s first astronaut could pray towards Mecca. They concluded that the astronaut should defer the Ramadan fast until returning to Earth. [source]

Generosity…

During the month, the less fortunate who are fasting are provided with food to break their fast. Paying a charity fee to help the poor and needy is mandatory for every Muslim. [source]

Varies in seriousness across regions…

Ramadan is taken more seriously in some states than in others. Dubai is one of the cities that strictly enforces the tradition, even prohibiting chewing gum in public during the holiday. [source]

Why it’s such an important period…

Ramadan is a significant period for Muslims, as it is during this month that the “Night of Power,” “Night of Decree,” “Destiny,” or “Glory” (laylat al-qadr) is believed to have occurred, likely on the 27th night of the month. It was during this night that God’s message was revealed to Muhammad through the archangel Gabriel, which was later recorded in the Quran. [source]

Customary to start with water…

The meal that breaks the fast in the evening is called iftar in Arabic, often shared with friends and family and lasting well into the night. After sunset, it is customary to start by drinking water and eating dates and yogurt. The meal consists of various dishes of vegetables, bread, and meat. After the meal, it’s common to visit other friends and relatives. [source]


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