Monday, September 10, 2007

Ramadan to start Sept 13

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will start on Thursday September 13

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar which can be between 29 and 30 days, during which Muslims fast from before dawn to sunset.

Astronomical calculations showed that September 13 will be the first day of the fasting month in most Muslim countries.

A clear image of the crescent moon is essential for announcing the start of Ramadan. However, astronomical calculations are recognisable and reliable for ensuring whether the crescent can be sighted or not. If astronomers announce the inability to see the new month’s crescent, then scholars will not accept any testimony about its sighting.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The Month of Ramadan is also when it is believed the Holy Quran "was sent down from heaven, a guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation"
It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month. Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation
During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting.
The good that is acquired through the fast can be destroyed by five things -
the telling of a lie
denouncing someone behind his back
a false oath
greed or covetousness

These are considered offensive at all times, but are most offensive during the Fast of Ramadan

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