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Muslims worldwide observes holy month of Ramadan

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld-Ramadan04,1438H) More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world observing the month of Ramadan which is sacred to Muslims the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during that month.

This year the month of Ramadan began on Saturday, May 27 for Muslims around the world while in some countries Ramadan begin on May 28.

Ramadan or the month of fasting: 

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, or having sex from well before sunrise to sunset. Muslims also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds.

Fasting is compulsory for every able-bodied Muslim who is not elderly, sick, pregnant or travelling. Not only in the Islamic countries but Muslims around the not-Islamic countries as well celebrates and observe holy month of Ramadan.

Fasters are encouraged to maintain two meals during Ramadan: Sohour and Iftar. While Iftar, the breaking-fast meal at sunset, is considered very important, Sohour is even more so.

It is consumed before dawn, and seen as vital to keeping the body strong throughout the fasting hours. In addition to perceived health benefits, the fast is meant to humble oneself, provide spirituality, exercise self-discipline and avoid bad behavior.

It serves as a reminder of the suffering of the needy, and a chance for Muslims to become more pious.

Nightly prayers, or Taraweeh, are unique to Ramadan, performed after the five daily prayers. Reciting the Quran is another common ritual during Ramadan, when Muslims believe God revealed His book Quran Al Karim to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

Umrah, the smaller pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city Makkah, is encouraged during Ramadan.

Ramadan is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival, one of the largest Islamic festival mark with national holidays in almost every Islamic country.