Ramadan (In Arabic: رمضان) is the ninth (9th) month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by Jibraeel (Gabriel) to the Islamic prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
Furthermore, Muhammad (P.B.U.H) told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell (Jahannam) would be closed.
Muslims believe that fasting cleanses the body, and the practice reminds them of the suffering of the poor. Beginning at age 12, all Muslims take part in the monthlong dawn-to-sunset fast that is the hallmark of Ramadan. Eating and drinking (including water) is prohibited during daylight hours, and the day's abstinence is offset by a nightly meal known as iftar. Food is often shared with a poor family during Ramadan.
The first day of the next month, (Shawwal), is spent in celebration and is observed as the "Festival of Breaking Fast" or "Eid al-Fitr".
Ramadan is expected to begin on or around June 28 or 29, 2014 and will finish on or around July 27 or 28, 2014.
Note: The exact dates of Islamic holidays cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon) and may vary according to location.
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