India is the second largest home to the Muslims in the world who fast during holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan also known by its name Ramazan in many countries, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm) to commemorate the first revelations of the Quran to the Prophet as per Islamic belief.
A true muslim will have to wake up before dawn to eat, hydrate and pray during this pious month. Once the sun rises,they abstain from food and drink, including water, until sunset. They repeat the tasking routine entire month
Fasting was a way prescribed to bring worshippers closer to God through steady remembrance, reflection and sacrifice. Mundane fasting with five daily prayers and extended evening prayers, challenges worshippers to focus on their actions, deeds and thoughts and diversion from the material desires and instant senses gratification.
Fasting is a norm in all of the Abrahamic religions including Islam; a reset for the mind, body and soul. Muslims are expected to have self-control and inner spirituality sense during the month.
This month also signifies the feeling of gratitude and devotion by abstaining from food and water during the day to get reminded of those unfortunate. Philanthropic activities take a high pitch during this month to help poor and unaffordable bunch.
NEED FOR FASTING
As with many of the major religions, fasting is one of the pillars of Islam. It is on the calrion call and command of Allah to fast during this period and thus made it obligatory (Fard) on muslims. This is the holy month which contain in the night of decree (Laylatul Qadr), and considered better than the worship of thousand months The believers of Islam refrain from all eating, drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk each day the 9th lunar month of Ramadan for straight 30 days. Sexual thoughts and intercourse are strictly prohibited during this period.
A typical Ramadan day starts with a pre-dawn meal called "suhoor." That includes vegetables and fruits, tea, yogurt, dates and power foods such as beans and lentils.
BREAK OF THE FAST
Muslims across the world break their fast with a sip of water and dates at the dusk. After sunset prayers, a large feast known as "iftar" is shared with family and friends which is a social gathering.
MARKING THE END OF RAMADAN
An intense worship "Laylat al-Qadr" or "the Night of Destiny marks the end of the holy month." As per the Quran, it is believed that the God sent the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad for revelation of the verses of the Quran.
At the end of Ramadan called Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with children and elders receiving and giftying new clothes, gifts and cash.