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Ramadan Begins

Aug 12, 2010 2:06:11 AM - thesundayleader.lk
Preparing for Ramadan by stocking up on food

Preparing for Ramadan by stocking up on food

The Month of Ramadan bears great spiritual and historic importace to Muslims. The Quran was revealed beginning from the month of Ramadan. The month also marked some of the great achievements of early Muslims who triumphed against oppression in the deserts of Arabia.

Fasting has been enjoined and made incumbent upon every Muslim adult but with the condition that he must be physically fit for it. A sick person, one who is traveling, an old person and one who finds the severity of fast hard to bear on account of age or other infirmity are exempt. But for the sick and the traveler this is a temporary exemption, they have to complete the period on other days.

Fasting is a form of self denial and a way of getting closer to God. Muslims believe that the Month of Ramadan is a great blessing and an opportunity to increase one’s good deeds. Good deeds committed in the month of Ramadan are greatly magnified in the merit in the eyes of God.

After fasting for the complete month, Musilms celebrate in what is know as the Festival of Ramadan. It is a time of great happiness where they eat and drink with family and friends.