Indian Muslims sit on a ledge as they gather for Jummat-Ul-Vida prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan at the historic Jama Masjid in New Delhi on August 2, 2013, ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival. The three-day festival, which begins after the sighting of the new moon, marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which devout Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the most sacred and ninth month of the Islamic year. It is believed by all the Muslims that during this month the first verse of Quran was revealed by God to Prophet Mohammad. The night when the first verse was revealed is known as “The Night of Power”.

It has been preached by Prophet Mohammad that the doors to heaven are opened and the ones to the hell are closed during the month of Ramadan. All the devils are chained during this month.

How Ramadan is celebrated?

Fasting is the most important practice performed by the Muslims, during the month of Ramadan. The pious practice of fasting is known for fostering the sense of spirituality. Every day of the Ramadan, the fast begins at dawn till dusk. People avoid having food, drinks, smoking and even, sexually intercourse is avoided from sunrise to sunset. Keeping their minds free of the impure thoughts and immoral behavior is also considered as a part of Ramadan fast.

Niyyah, which means “intention”, is considered as an important aspect of the fast. It means people should not simply abstain from food but they should have the intention that their fasting is the way of worshipping Allah.

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