Ramadan is an important event for Muslims, signifying the reveal of the Holy Quran to the Holy Prophet. It involves Muslims fasting from dawn to sunset. Start with the most asked questions. What is Ramadan? How does fasting work? Your questions answered.

What is Ramadan | Ramadhan Questions And Answers

  • What does Ramadan mean?
  • Basic questions about the month of Ramadan.
  • The purpose and benefits of Ramadan.
  • Ramadan words and their definitions.

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Q: How many times Ramadan mentioned in Quran?

  • Ans: The word Ramadan is mentioned only once in the Quran.

Q: What is the aim of Ramadan?

  • Ans: Muslims, during Ramadan, are meant to self-reflect on their actions and show their love and devotion to Allah. that is what is Ramadan’s aim

Q: Is it mandatory for all Muslims to fast?

  • Ans: All Muslims who have hit puberty must fast. However, exceptions are made for pregnant women, nursing mothers, postpartum women, women who are menstruating, Muslims on medication, travelers, seniors who are unable to fast because of health reasons.

Q: What are the benefits of fasting?

  • Ans: There are many benefits, such as; physical and spiritual purification, self-restraint, increased compassion and love for one’s way of life, basic necessities.

Q: What acts invalidate a fast?

  • Ans: First and foremost, having any form of nutrition invalidates a fast. Other acts are: having sexual intercourse, going insane, renouncing Islam, unconscious during the hours of the fast, menses, post-natal flow, giving birth, deliberate vomiting, and drowsiness that affects one’s thinking ability.

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Q: Is water allowed during a fast?

  • Ans: No, water is not allowed. The purpose of fasting is for Muslims to put themselves in the place of the less fortunate and understand what they go through, hence resulting in them being compassionate about it.

Q: Is coffee and chewing gum allowed during a fast?

  • Ans: No, any form of nutrition should be abstained from

Q: What are the normal practices and routines of Muslims during Ramadan?

  • Ans: To keep themselves nourished for the day,
  • Muslims wake up before dawn / Fajar Salah and have a small meal called, Sehri.
  • Then, throughout the whole day, Muslims go about their normal routines such as; going to school or college, going to work, and doing chores.
  • And at the same time, they abstain from any form of nutrition like eating and drinking, they also abstain from sensual pleasures and try to observe the basic practices of Islam, like praying the five prayers, reading the Quran, helping others, reflecting, and assessing their way of life, asking for forgiveness from Allah, giving charity and Zakat.
  • At sunset, Muslims break their fast with family and friends.
  • Later at night, Muslims pray the Taraweeh at night, which are special prayers for Ramadan, while also praying the Isha Salah

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Ramadan words and their definitions

Q: What is Fidyah?

  • When a person has either become extremely weak due to old age, or they are suffering from an illness that prevents them from fasting, they are not obliged to fast during Ramadan. Instead, if they have the means, they must feed a person in need two meals every day of Ramadan. This payment is called Fidyah.

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Q: What is sahur?

  • It is Sunnah to have a pre-dawn meal before you begin fasting – this is known as sahur. Sahur is not obligatory, but it is highly recommended, even if it’s just a few dates and a glass of water:
  • The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Take sahur as there is barakah (blessing) in it’. [Bukhari]

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Q: What is iftar?

  • Iftar refers to the food you use to break your fast at sunset. It is Sunnah to first break your fast with dates and then pray Maghrib, so many Muslims eat their full dinner after praying Maghrib.

Q: What is Tarawih?

  • Tarawih is a Sunnah night prayer. It is voluntary and is prayed after the ’Isha prayer, usually in a congregation, though many people pray it individually in their own homes. It consists of at least 8 raka’at (units of prayer).

Q: What is the Night of Power in Ramadan?

  • Laylat al-Qadr is the night on which the first verses of the Qur’an came down to us – and it is essential to commemorate this day every year! Its exact date is unknown, so Muslims are encouraged to seek out its blessings on every night of Ramadan, in particular, the last ten nights

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Q: What is Zakat al-Fitr?

  • Zakat al-Fitr is a form of charity given to the poor at the end of Ramadan.

Q: What is Eid al-Fitr?

  • The lunar month following Ramadan is called Shawwal. The first day of Shawwal is also known as Eid al-Fitr. This is a holiday, a festival, and a celebration for Muslims.

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