Ramadan 101: Ten facts about the holy month of Ramadan

Source: Christian Science Monitor

By Jeremy Ravinsky, Correspondent and Ariel Zirulnick, Staff writer        

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims will fast from dawn until dusk. Here are 10 facts to help you understand this holiday:

1. What is Ramadan?

Ramadan, the ninth month on the Muslim calendar, is celebrated as the month when the first verses of the Quran were said to be revealed to the prophet Muhammad [Peace be upon him] in 610 CE. Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, is thought to be the actual day when the Quran was given to the prophet and usually falls within the last 10 days of the holiday.

A Pakistani worker sweeps floor of famous Suneri mosque preparing for an evening prayer called ‘tarawih’ during Ramadan, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 9. (Mohammad Sajjad/AP)

2. What is the purpose of Ramadan?

During Ramadan, observers are expected to abstain from food, drink, and other pleasures from dawn to dusk. Removing these comforts from daily routine is intended to focus the mind on prayer, spirituality, and charity and to purify the body and mind. Muslims are also expected to abstain from impurities such as… continue reading @ csmonitor.com.

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