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Ramadan 2019: All you need to know about the Muslim sacred month

The month of Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, for 29/30 days the Muslim faithfuls fasts from dawn till sunset.

It is believed that this is the month the holy book the Muslim follows “Al-Quran” was revealed and during this period all past sins are forgiven and wiped away.

This year Ramadan is expected to start 6th of May 2019 though it is mostly based on when the moon for a new month is sited.

Muslims are advised to be in their best behavior, even though sins are forgiven during this period, committing some atrocities like taking of alcohol, stealing, fighting and lots more may however render the fasting useless.

The 29/30 days fasting is mandatory for all adults except for those on sick bed, the pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, those traveling long distance journey, old age, a woman doing her menstruation and someone who is not mentally stable.

However there are conditions that must be met, for the woman who was on her period, she must repay everything she missed after the month of Ramadan and this can be done all months long before the beginning of another Ramadan. The same is applied for the pregnant and breastfeeding woman,the sick one and the one on a journey.

The month of Ramadan teaches a lot of lessons part of which are reminding one of human frailty and dependence on God for sustenance, to show what it feels like to be hungry and thirsty so one can feel compassion for (and a duty to help) the poor and needy, and to reduce the distractions in life so one can more clearly focus on relationship with God.

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