Muslims across the world are getting ready to observe the holy month of Ramadan.

The 1st day of #Ramadhan is expected to be on Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dubai Ramadan Calendar 2018

Date

Day

Sehr

Iftar

17 MayThursday04:04 am6:59 pm
18 MayFriday04:04 am6:59 pm
19 MaySaturday04:03 am7:00 pm
20 MaySunday04:02 am7:00 pm
21 MayMonday04:02 am7:01 pm
22 MayTuesday04:01 am7:01 pm
23 MayWednesday04:01 am7:02 pm
24 MayThursday04:00 am7:02 pm
25 MayFriday04:00 am7:03 pm
26 MaySaturday03:59 am7:03 pm
27 MaySunday03:59 am7:04 pm
28 MayMonday03:58 am7:04 pm
29 MayTuesday03:58 am7:05 pm
30 MayWednesday03:58 am7:05 pm
31 MayThursday03:57 am7:05 pm
01 JuneFriday03:57 am7:06 pm
02 JuneSaturday03:57 am7:06 pm
03 JuneSunday03:56 am7:07 pm
04 JuneMonday03:56 am7:07 pm
05 JuneTuesday03:56 am7:08 pm
06 JuneWednesday03:56 am7:08 pm
07 JuneThursday03:55 am7:09 pm
08 JuneFriday03:55 am7:09 pm
09 JuneSaturday03:55 am7:09 pm
10 JuneSunday03:55 am7:10 pm
11 JuneMonday03:55 am7:10 pm
12 JuneTuesday03:55 am7:10 pm
13 JuneWednesday03:55 am7:11 pm
14 JuneThursday03:55 am7:11 pm
15 JuneFriday03:55 am7:11 pm

Some interesting FAQs about the holy month of Ramadan

Every year more than 1,700 million Muslims in the world begin Ramadan, in which they must abstain from eating, drinking and having sexual intercourse during daylight hours: from sunrise to sunset.

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the holy month of ramadan

Ramadhan is celebrated in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. It begins with the appearance of the moon on the last day of the eighth month and ends 29 or 30 days later.


{…During the nights of the month of fasting it is permissible for you to maintain relationships marital with your women… and eat and drink until it is distinguish the white thread [the light of dawn] from the black thread [the darkness of the night], then complete the fast until evening.} [Quran 2: 187]


During this period, which lasts 29 or 30 days, believers can not eat, drink, smoke or have sex between sunrise and sunset. The faithful to Islam pray and worship most of the time, seek purification and increase their acts of charity.


This fast is conceived as a spiritual effort, a struggle against the seduction of earthly pleasures. But at the time of the daily break of the fast, families gather to eat in a festive atmosphere and social activity is intense.

In the search for this purification and to show solidarity with those who have least to perform the fast, one of the characteristics that most relates this period and that takes place between sunrise and sunset.

In addition, fasting is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith along with prayer (Salah) or the pilgrimage to Mecca.

1- Why is the month of Ramadhan observed, or why do we need to fast?

when the month of ramadan begins read what the Prophet Muhammad sayings

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The temptations of the world tend to spoil our purity and austerity. We are pleased with the food all the time, nibbling the whole day. We drink coffee, or tea, carbonated drinks.

Some can not be far from sex unless they do it at least once a day. We also argue, we leave our decency and we fall continuously into vulgar conversation.


Abu Hurairah may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, said: “Said Allah, the Mighty and Majestic: “Every work that mankind perform is for them, except fasting, which is for Me and I Reward them for that”


When you fast, you cannot do all that. The renunciation of all this must be practiced. So also how to smoke. No constant coffee, or tea. Sexual passions have to be reduced and when we are provoked to discuss it is said “I can not respond to their provocation”.

To attain the knowledge of God and closeness to God, it is also advised to do the additional prayer (Tarawwi) and read the holy Quran.

The month of Ramadan is also that in which the Holy Qur’an (the holy book of Muslims that, among many other things, establishes the limits in the relations between individuals and between the individual and the community) began to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) – the last of the Prophets sent by Allah (God). This revelation lasted 23 years until it was completed.

During Ramadan, Muslims must comply with the fast or ‘sawn’, one of the five pillars of Islam, considered as a method of self-purification by which they learn to have strength and patience and, therefore, to get to know each other.


In this way, this holy month has, in addition to a religious function, a sanitary (purifies the body), mental (strengthens the will) and moral (make understand what people deprived of food suffer), as explained by the Union of Islamic Communities).

2- What are the medical and health benefits of Ramadan?

Although fasting is beneficial for health, because it eliminates toxins and impurities from the body, but muslims do not fast because of medical benefits that are of a secondary nature.

From the Islamic point of view, fasting, whether voluntary or compulsory, is considered an act of worship.

the health benefits of fasting in the month of Ramadan

Despite having many health benefits, its main purpose must always be to please Allah. Fasting has been used by patients for weight reduction, to rest the digestive tract and to lower lipids.

The type of food that should be taken in Ramadan is high in fluids and nutrients, and does not have any dietary criteria, that is, to lose weight.

There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as shock diets. Islamic fasting is different from such fasts or diets because in the Ramadan fast there is no malnutrition or inadequate intake of calories.

It is a change of schedules with a pause in ingestion, in which the purification of the body and the soul takes place.

Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and education (inner training), with the hope that this education will last beyond the end of Ramadan.

If the lessons were learned during Ramadan, if in terms of care, limits and abstention are continued after Ramadan, there the effect will be lasting on our personality.


Everything that is permissible (halal) is accepted, in moderate quantities. The real thing between the holy month of Ramadan and other normal days is the food timings; Normally during Ramadan, we skip lunch and have an early breakfast, and we do not eat until dusk.

Healthy Ramadan meal plan

Nor is water withdrawal of 8 to 10 hours not necessarily bad for health, and, in fact, causes the concentration of fluids within the body, producing mild dehydration.

The body has its own mechanism of water conservation; It has been shown that mild conservation of dehydration, at least one month a year improves health and gives longevity.

The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, low cholesterol and low blood pressure.

In fact, the Ramadan fast would be an ideal recommendation for a mild moderation and stabilization treatment of non-insulin-dependent diabetes, chronic obesity, and essential hypertension.

Ramadan also has excellent psychological effects of fasting. A great peace and tranquility is generated within those who fast during this.

Personal hostility is reduced to a minimum. For example, in Islamic countries a large decrease in the crime rate is reported.

The Muslims took the advice of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) who said:


If someone insults you or provokes you to fight, say him: I’m fasting, I’m fasting.” [Muslim]


This psychological improvement could also be related to a better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting, such as hyper or hypoglycemia or after eating aggravates behavioral changes.

There is also a beneficial effect for the body in the extra prayer (Salah) of the night. It not only helps in the better digestion and utilization (incorporation) of the food, but also helps in the production of energy.

You have to know, it’s clear, we do not do the prayers for exercise.
The sentences also help for a tempered movement of the joints with the extra use of the calorie is a better form of exercise.

It produces a tranquility of heart and mind and improves memory.

3- When is the Ramadhan, and why does it change dates each year?

Muslims have their own calendar: the lunar cycle, whose days do not coincide from year to year. Ramadhan always starts from the 9th month of the lunar calendar, beginning with the appearance of the new moon – and ending with the next new moon.

This calendar has 11 days less than the solar and for this reason the dates of beginning and end of Ramadan vary each year.

The first day is determined in the “night of doubt” during which the appearance of the first crescent moon of the new moon is observed, which must be observable at first sight and duly verified.

Theologians, experts and religious meet therefore every year to set the precise time, which varies from one place to another on the planet.

This year [2018] Ramadan will begin on May 14 or 15, and it begins about 10 to 11 days before each year, which does not always coincide with the summer in the West: for example, in 2020 it will be between April and May, with which the fasting effort will be less when there are more dark hours.

4- How long does the Ramadan last?

When based on lunar cycles, the time of Ramadan is not exactly the same each year, although it usually lasts about 29 or 30 days.

5- Is it compulsory to observe the holy month of Ramadan?

Yes, Ramadan is obligatory for every healthy Muslim from the moment he reaches puberty.

Respect for fasting is imposed on all believers who have passed the age of puberty. Although children are excused, it is recommended to gradually get used to them.

Pregnant or lactating women, the sick, travelers and combatants are authorized to skip the fast but have the duty to submit to it as soon as they are ready to do so.


…Who of you If you were ill or traveling and did not fast, you must replace later the days not fasted.} [Quran 2: 184]


Ramadan risks being particularly hard this year for many practitioners because it takes place at a time when the days are longer and temperatures are very high in most Muslim countries.

There are, however, certain exceptions, which we explain in the next question.

6- Who can skip the fast on Ramadan?

Children and women with the rule or who have not yet recovered from a recent birth can skip Ramadan, although they will have to “compensate” the days that they do not fast during the year.

The same applies to the sick and those who are traveling during these dates: they may delay their fast, but they must fulfill it on other days before the end of the year.

7- In addition to fasting, should the muslims be fulfilled with something else?

Yes, fasting is not the only commandment for this holy month of Islam. Besides not taking food or drink and avoiding sexual intercourse during sunny hours, Muslims are also asked to maintain a pure moral, so they should not talk about others behind their backs or swear, for example.

Also, this month is considered the community, and Muslims are asked to help their neighbors, especially those most in need, and to postpone everything that is not absolutely essential to spend more time in praying and worship of the Almighty Allah.


{… Oh, My servants! You who have exceeded [committing sins] to their own detriment, do not despair of the mercy of Allaah; certainly Allah can forgive all the sins, because He is Absolute, Merciful} [Quran 39:53]


During Ramadan, people should be more generous, cordial, friendly and helpful to others. Of course, prayer another important pillar of Islam, is essential on this date, in which the entire Qur’an is recited in mosques.

8- In the places where the sun does not set, when does the fast finish?

Ramadan Fasting hours around the world, the number of hours that the Ramadan fast lasts for is different all over the world
Ramadan Fasting hours around the world, the number of hours that the Ramadan fast lasts for is different all over the world

The Muslims of Alaska, the north of Canada, Finland or Norway, for example, encounter a problem when it comes to Ramadan: the sun barely sets for a few hours … or none at all.

In this regard, the Islamic Center of Northern Norway, understanding that this year there would be 22 to 23 hours of sunshine every day, has given permission for Muslims to follow the sunny hours of Mecca. In the case of Alaska, Muslims can follow the schedule of other parts of the United States during these dates.

9- How is the routine during the holy month of Ramadan?

The routine during the fasting days should be practically the same as the rest of the year, hence some sacrifice that Muslims must fulfill.

But there are also certain differences: since they can only eat when the sun has not risen, the Muslims usually get up before dawn for breakfast, since they will not eat anything again until nightfall.

Likewise, fasting breaks with the setting sun and the call to prayer, and it is customary to take a small ‘snack’ before dinner.

10- The end of Ramadan

The Aid el Fitr, the feast of the end of the fast, is celebrated throughout the world, which has, in turn, two summit moments: the prayer of the breaking of the fast and the giving of alms in kind, usually food, to people in need (Zakat al Fitr).

Normally, the Social Contribution (Zakat el Fitr) consists of the equivalent of four hands filled with raisins, dates, grain or cheese; if it is not possible to give food, money can be delivered.

On that day, the Muslims also give gifts to the children, dress them in new clothes and with it they go to the mosque for the Eid-ul-Fitre prayer. After observing the prayer – the family members go to the cemetery to remember their deceased relatives as well as, in the afternoon they go to visit their relatives and friends.

11- Ramadan: What is eaten when the fast is broken?

At nightfall the tables are filled with homemade dishes and sweets

Every night, fasting is broken with iftar, a light meal that precedes dinner. Many Muslims also get up early to have a breakfast (suhur) before the fasting period begins.


The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, has ordered to perform the Suhur: “Practice the Suhur, since in it there is barakah”


When the fast begins, any person who tries to fast must express publicly or privately their intention to do so: “I try to fast today for the love of Allaah, Oh Allaah, make it easy for me and accept my fast.”


The Prophet Muhammad said, sallallahu “Alaihi wa sallam: “The validity of the actions depend on the intention with which they are made.” [Bukhari and Muslim] Also, the intention must be made during the night before the day of fasting, as mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu “Alaihi wa sallam: “Who does not perform during the night intention to fast, your fast will not be valid.” [Abu Dawud and An-Nasai”


When the moment of breaking the fast is approaching at dusk, the Muslims say: “O Allaah, for You I have fasted, in You I have believed, in You I trust and with your food I break my fast”.

When the sun goes down and the sky begins to darken, the tables of the Muslim families are filled to overflowing with homemade food that the women of the house prepared in the afternoon. Exploits the richness of Arab cuisine.

The first meal: the dates

the first meal with dates you can break your fastning in the month of ramadan

The first intake is always something light and sweet, as a breakfast. The dates in this first meal are essential, and they can be accompanied by water or milk. Apart from the dates, someone can also drink fruit smoothie with avocado, or a natural orange juice with carrot.


Anas ibn Malik, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated: “The Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, used to break the fast with a few ripe dates before to pray the Magrib prayer; if he did not have ripe dates he did it with a few sips of water.” [Ahmad, Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi]


The main meal: the soup ‘Harira’

The Harira soup is the most important dish, without it there is no taste in Iftar. This spoon dish, very famous in Arab gastronomy, is characterized by its powerful flavor and dense consistency.

It contains meats, vegetables, chickpeas and many species. To make it more creamy, vegetables are usually crushed and flour or barley grits are added. The soup is accompanied by breads, of different flavors and textures.

One of the most famous is the Mlawi: a puff pastry (round or square) made with fine semolina and wheat flour. The other dishes depend on the taste of each family and country respectively.

Sweets and drinks

Baghrir is a very common dessert on the menu of Ramadan Arab countries. It is prepared in the same way as the Mlawi but adding yeast, so that the dough is spongy and bored. It should be consumed at the time, and it is usually accompanied with butter and honey.

The Briwat of almonds is also not missing in any house: triangles of puff pastry filled with fried almonds and seasoned with orange blossom water, cinnamon, sugar and butter.

In addition to the food, there is always something to drink next to the table: water, juices, coffee or tea. The latter is prepared in the Arab style: green tea boiled with sugar, which is then added some mint leaves.

tips for healthy eating during the month of Ramadan or fasting

The last meal: steamed or boiled

The last ingestion is soft and it is the one that precedes the prayer that closes the night. The most traditional option is a meat dish accompanied with steamed or boiled vegetables.

Although everything depends on each family and country, their tastes and their circumstances: the region in which they live, their economic capacity, etc.

Conclusion

Fasting is mainly considered as a method of self-purification. By renouncing, even for a short time, worldly pleasures, a fasting person understands better the value of food and the difficulties of those who lack it and grows in their spiritual life.

Fasting does not merely consist in refraining from eating food and drink, but also involves eliminating negative and immoral behaviors and showing solidarity with those who have some kind of need.

The purpose of fasting is multiple. Allaah Ta’ala (Almighty God) points out in the Qur’an, the sacred Book of Muslims, that fasting has been prescribed to believers, as was previously prescribed to the people who lived before them, in order to help them to acquire self-control (Taqwaa) and make them more aware of God.


Taqwa is the main fruit of fasting, says the Almighty Allah: {Oh, believers! I know you prescribed the fast as well as those who preceded you to achieve the mercy.} [Quran 2: 183]


Thus, Ramadan is a month of spiritual growth and increased social responsibility. The fulfillment of the religious obligations of the Muslim during this month gets a reward 70 times higher than the rest of the year.

Ramadan is a period of great joy and happiness for the Muslims of the world. They fast during the day and pray and read the Quran for a good part of the night.

There is a special night during this month called “Lailatul Qadr” (the Night of Destiny), which is mentioned in the Qur’an, as a night of mercy and light.

Any prayer or act of worship that takes place in it has more value than the sum of those made during a period of one thousand months. On that night, the first revelation of the Qur’an is commemorated by the Prophet Muhammad through the Angel Jibril.

iftar recipes for the month of ramadan in uae

Unfortunately, now-a-days we find that Many Muslims prepare for Ramadan superficially, because when they see the closeness of this month they get upset and they throw themselves into markets to buy all kinds of food and drinks, and they plan a whole agenda to waste time in banalities during the nights of Ramadan.

Instead of doing these things, we should receive this month repenting with sincerity, being attentive to everything that our being asks us and control ourselves to impose our will before the passions.

How exemplary would it be if we fasted this Ramadan as if it were the last of our life. So that in this way we hurry to perform all kinds of works and actions that increase our reward, and that we do not stop doing anything that after we regret, for having wasted the opportunity to have Won more blessings and more reward.


“Who does not stop giving false testify and act incorrectly, know that Allah has no need for him to stop eating and drinking (enduring hunger and thirst). ” [Bukhari]


In addition, we must be aware that, although it is true that has ordered the Muslim to worship Allah every month and times of the year, in Ramadan you should double your efforts, as it is a unique opportunity that you do not know if you are going to repeat the next year.

A way in which the believer shows his good intention to receive Ramadan as it should be, is fasting what you possible from the month that precedes it, Sha’ban.

This is the right time to make our intention and propose to act in the best way in Ramadan, if Al- lah allows us to witness it, and then, when it arrives, translate the intention in facts.

On the other hand, remember that the intention is something fundamental for the validity and acceptance of the works; yes Our intention is sincere, but for some reason we can not fast, this will serve us to be creditors to the great reward that Allaah has ready for this month.


“All the descendants of Adam make mistakes, and the best of they are the ones who repent ” [Tirmidhi].


We ask Allaah to guide us towards all good, that we Let us live to witness this Ramadan and help us to that we can Adore him in him as he should.

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