Ramadan, the Spring of Quran

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 10:41

The holy month of Ramadan observed by Muslims worldwide, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is a holy month for the world's nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practice the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.

The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan, commenced on May 17 in Iran this year, Tehran Times reports, during the holy month of Ramadan, traveling or swaying around may come with some restraints and inconveniences due to the fact that Muslims fast during daylight hours.

On the bright side, it gives a chance to international visitors to perceive a different side of life in Muslim-majority countries. For such inbound passengers it would be beneficial to gain some basic knowledge about this special tradition.

Trying to be considerate and avoid eating in front of Muslims during the month, eating somewhere quiet, or at least in obvious tourist areas and finding country-road stops and hotel restaurants are some insights about traveling during Ramadan.

In Iftar time, Muslim families gather at sunset to break their fast over a meal known as Iftar which generally starts with the eating of dates according to the tradition of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). In Iran, sometimes the fast is broken with a cup of tea or plain lukewarm water. The Iftar is more than just food at the end of a ritualistic day.

It is also a time for fellowship with families, friends and the Muslim community in general. Perhaps this is one of the reasons as to why the Iftar has grown into banquet festivals and large communal gatherings at mosques, banquet halls and in large open spaces. Sometimes dinner is skipped or the Iftar and dinner are combined into one full meal.

Ramadan comes to an end by Eid al-Fitr, a joyful holiday when Muslims celebrate 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting.

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