Ramadan 2020 is knocking on the door.
Ramadan is the holiest month of the year to Muslims all over the world. it is one of the fifth fundamental pillars of Islam. All mature males and females are obligated to perform fasting during the month of Ramadan.
In this blog, we’ll learn the history of Ramadan, the significant, rewards of Ramadan and the timing of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr. Let’s kick off the discussion.
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What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the most consecrated month of the year in Islamic culture. Muslims celebrate the whole month of Ramadan with a desire to get closer to Allah the Almighty, to earn the mercy of Allah. It is the month when Allah revealed the main parts of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and it was in 610 in Islamic calendar. It is likewise a period for families to assemble and celebrate.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic schedule, which is a lunar schedule dependent on the patterns of the moon. Observances start the morning after the bow moon is noticeably located, denoting the start of the new month. Generally, people scanned for the new moon at the sky with the naked eye, which has prompted the revelation of various beginning occasions for Ramadan, because of climate or topography.
Why Ramadan is So Important?
Fasting is one of the five mainstays of Islam. There is likewise a section in the Quran that endorses fasting for all Muslims who are developed and sound enough to do as such for the entire day.
So, Muslims perform the act of fasting during Ramadan as a demonstration of love, an opportunity to draw nearer to God, and an approach to turn out to be progressively sympathetic to those who are needy.
According to Islamic calendar, Ramadan is the ninth month which is most significant and valuable to the Muslims. Several historical events took place in this glorious month what made the month so significant to the Muslims. The following are some of the mega events of the Ramadan.
- The Qur’an was first uncovered during this month. Therefore, it is called to be the month of Quran.
- The entryways of Heaven are open. It implies that mercy is made easier to everyone than ever
- The entryways of Hell are shut and the fiends are tied up in Hell.
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How Long is Ramadan?
Each month in the Islamic calendar lasts between 29 to 30 days relying upon when the new moon is located. On the off chance that the moon isn’t seen the evening of the 29th day, at that point Ramadan goes on for the full 30 days.
The Eid al-Fitr festivity denotes the month’s end when Muslims commend a fruitful Ramadan of fasting and love towards the fellows and the poor.
How to Perform Fasting?
A devoted Muslim has to follow some strict rules to perform fasting. Fasting starts at dawn and goes till dusk. Niyat or intention is made compulsory to start fasting. A Muslim has to abstain from certain things during performing fasting, those are valid in other times. It is not only abstaining from food and drink during day time: Muslims should likewise cease from smoking, taking oral drugs and participating in sexual exercises, just as tattle, battling and lying.
What Quran Says regarding Ramadan?
The revelation of the holy Quran is the most significant event that took place in the month of Ramadan. The Quran therefore carries all the secrets and significant of this month. The Quran stats, “Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain Taqwaa.” – [Quran 2:183]
“Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)” -Quran 2:183
Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain Taqwaa.” -Quran 2:183
The most honored by Allah amongst you are those best in Taqwaa.” -Quran 49:13 And it is better for you that ye fast if ye only knew.” -Quran 2:184
What Ahadith Say regarding Ramadan?
Ahadith, the sayings of prophet (PBUH) is the second important source that narrates the momentous and the glory of Ramadan. Here in this section, some ahadith regarding Ramadan has been presented from the verified sources.
Hadith 1: Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: When Ramadan enters, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Hadith 2: Umm Saleem (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: (The performance of) `Umrah during Ramadan is equal (in reward) to performing Hajj with me.
Hadith 3: Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Fasting is a shield; so when one of you is fasting, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice in anger. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say: “I am fasting!” (Source: Muslim)
Hadith 4: Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The five (daily) prayers, and from one Friday prayer to the next, and from Ramadan to Ramadan are expiation for sins committed in between provided one stays away from the major sins.” (Source: Al-Bukhari)
Hadith 5: Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
The following video will give you more understanding of aforesaid hadith and verses from the Holy Quran. Enjoy the discussion.
Ramadan 2020 in Different Countries
Ramadan 2020 is supposed to start on the evening of April 23 (Thursday). One thing should be kept in mind while the Islamic event is discussed. Unlike Gregorian timing, the timing in Islam is started with the appearance of the moon. So, the exact date of Ramadan 2020 will depend on the appearance of the moon.
If 23rd April is the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, the next month May 23rd is the expected date of the ending day for this Ramadan. Based on this date, Muslims all over the Asian countries will celebrate Eidul Fitr 24th of the instant.
Ramadan in India
Ramadan in India is a massive event to the 20 millions of Muslims. They start the preparation for Ramadan with the celebration of Shab-e-Barat. This year, Ramadan will start in India on 23rd April and will end on 24th May 2020.
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Ramadan in Pakistan
Ramadan in Pakistan is a grand the Muslims. As a neighboring country, Ramadan will start in line with India. This year, Ramadan will start in Pakistan on 23rd April, and will end on 24th May, 2020.
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Ramadan in Bangladesh
Ramadan in Bangladesh is a major religious event as the country is Muslim-majored. Ramadan will start in Bangladesh on 23rd April and will end on 24th May 2020.
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Ramadan 2020 Starting Day
The whole Muslim world will start fasting in due time. Muslims anywhere in the world will follow the lunar calendar to start the celebration of Ramadan. The world will start the month concurrently with the neighboring countries. The list holds some of the notable countries Ramadan timetable below.
|India||23rd April||24th May|
|Pakistan||23rd April||24th May|
|Bangladesh||23rd April||24th May|
|Saudi Arabia||22nd April||23rd May|
|Dubai||22nd April||23rd May|
|Malaysia||25th April||26th May|
|Egypt||23rd April||24th May|
|Johannesburg||25th April||26th May|
|United Kingdom||25th April||26th May|
|Durban||25th April||26th May|
|United States of America||24th April||25th May|
Like the other month of the Islamic schedule, the beginning of Ramadan 2020 depends on the locating of the new moon. So, it is quite normal to have disarray and difference over the beginning of the month. Since the month is loaded with gifts and denotes the start of fasting or sawm, precision is significant, all Muslims are eagerly waiting for this month.
Since Muslims live everywhere throughout the world, yet Islam began in what is presently known as Saudi Arabia, they may not coincide regarding which nation’s first moon locating marks the beginning of the month. However, Saudi Arabia holds the respected space in all Muslims’ heart.
May Allah grant this upcoming Ramadan for the redemption and salvation for the whole of mankind and the universe. Aameen!
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