More than 1 billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan, the largest religious observance of its kind. Have you ever wondered in your head but were reluctant to ask:
- Why your Muslim friends fast?
- When does it start?
- How long do Muslim have to fast?
- Is it only about food or are there other things Muslims cannot do during the holy month?
- Who is exempted from fasting?
- How do they celebrate the end of Ramadan?
We have all your questions answered in this simple Ramadan infographic:
Bonus fact 1: “Ramadan Mubarak” is the most common greeting used by Muslims during the holy month, and translates to “have a blessed Ramadan”. Alternatively, you can use “Ramadan Kareem” meaning “may Ramadan be generous to you”. A foreigner can get away with “Happy Ramadan” as well.
Bonus fact 2: The final day of Ramadhan this year falls on June 24th, Saturday (2017). The end of holy month is celebrated by Eid al-Fitr, the festival of the breaking of the fast. It will begin in the evening of Sunday, June 25 and end in the evening of Tuesday, June 27.
Bonus fact 3: Fasting (or sawm) is one of the five pillars of Islam, which every Muslim must oblige to in order to live a good and responsible life according to the religion. Others are
- Shahadah: sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith,
- Salat: performing ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day,
- Zakat: paying an alms (or charity) tax to benefit the poor and the needy,
- Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca (Source: BBC World)
Loved this Ramadan infographic? Also check our other Ramadan infographics, learn what is Laylat Al-Qadr (Night of Decree) and what’s its importance in Islam, read some Ramadan tips or inspirational quotes. We have also wrote about how Ramadan celebrated around the world. Do people observe it differently in Turkey vs. Egypt or Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan?
We hope now you have better understanding of what Ramadan is. Ramadan Mubarak!