Karachi (May 28, 2017): Ramazan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Over 1.5 billion Muslims in world practice fasting during the holy month in which they abstain from drinking, eating or smoking and offer prayers.
Ramazan-2017 started from Saturday in Middle East and in most of the Western World including US, UK and Europe. The holy month of Ramazan started from Sunday in Pakistan as the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee failed to sight the crescent on Friday.
Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly. Men specially in the late evening visit mosques and perform a special long prayer of 20 Rakaa known as Taraveeh, while women pray the same at home.
Quran said, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may develop Taqwa (self-restraint) ”
Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “ Allah has no need for the hunger and the thirst of the person who does not restrain from telling lies and acting on them even while observing fast.”
In Pakistan, every morning special foods are served which are unique to this month. While in the evening people prepare special refreshing drinks made of rose water lemon, and many different kinds of deep fried dishes which are rich in oil and nutrients to energize people for the day long fasting.
At the end of Ramazan, after 29 or 30 days, Muslims celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr. The Eid ul-Fitr in Arabic literally means “festival of breaking the fast”.