Ramadan is the month of blessing for all the Muslims over the world. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. People of the Islamic faith are very much encouraged to read the book of Holy Quran during Ramadan. There are night prayers known as Tarawih, which people offer at the end of the day OR at Isha time. These are held in every mosque in every night of this Holy Month. Ramadan is the month of giving charity. Some of the Islamic centers and organizations often take part in the activities and charity events like providing the clothing and food to homeless people.
Gathering Blessings in Ramadan:
Ramadan comes in the ninth month of Islamic Calendar. It is a period for giving chastity and patience for all the Muslims living all over the world. First verses of Holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) during the last half of Ramadan, therefore there is lot of significance of Quran Reading in this Holy Month. This makes it a Holy Period for all Muslims. Some people have a pre-fast meal known as suhoor before the sunrise and the evening meal known as iftar after the sunset in the month of Ramadan.
Suhoor and Iftar in Ramadan:
Month of Ramadan starts from sighting of new moon, it also marks the start of ninth month of Islamic Calendar. is also known as Sehri in some other languages. It is an Islamic term which is referred for consuming the early meal in morning by all the Muslims in the month of Ramadan. This meal is usually eaten before dawn or fajr. The timings of Suhoor vary from places to places. It is a morning meal in the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar means the evening meal that Muslims take to break the fast during Ramadan. Iftar is the religious observance of month of Ramadan. The timings of Iftar are just after the Maghreb which is the sunset time.
According to the Islamic Calendar, month of Ramadan have been started from Friday which is July 20, 2012 and the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on August 19, 2012 (Expected) in USA in the year 2012. It is better to end the Sehri or Suhoor 5 minutes earlier than the start of Fajr prayer. Given below are the Ramadan timings that show the prayers time from the month of Ramadan 1 to 30 in the city of Washington DC in USA.
Suhoor And Iftar Timing In Washington DC USA
Ramadan is the time for all the Muslims to donate charity by participating in the collection and organizing of the charity events. They are very much encouraged to read the Holy Book of Quran during Ramadan. The month of Ramadan starts from sighting new moon. Muslims do not eat, drink or perform any similar activity in the Month of Ramadan. This is the most Holy month of Islamic calendar. The book of Holy Quran was also revealed in this month to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). The revelation of Holy Quran took place on Laylatul-Qadr, which is one of the most blessed nights. Ramadan ends when first crescent of new moon is sighted, it also marks the start of new lunar month. In the end of month of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr is observed.
It is said about Fasting:
“There is not any servant who fasts a day in the path of Allah, except that Allah will distance him from the Fire by a distance of seventy years.” [Bukhari, Muslim]