Ramadan Al Karim is the ninth holy month in the Islamic Hijri calendar and is dedicated to fasting for Muslims worldwide. This month is observed explicitly for fasting and many good deeds like big prayers, zakat provision, public Iftar arrangements, and much more. Millions of Muslims worldwide start their fasting according to the time of their region; before dusk, they stop eating, and they break their fast at sunset along with maghrib prayers.
Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Muslims fast as an act of faith and worship toward Allah. Earthly pleasures, evil intentions and desires are the worst enemies of Muslims, and in Ramadan, Muslims get the chance to get rid of them for the sake of Taqwa.
Ramadan Al Karim is the chance to prove an act of obedience and submission to Allah. This is an ultimate opportunity for Muslims to seek atonement for sins, errors, and mistakes. During the fast, a Muslim needs to quit eating, drinking, smoking, legal sexual activities, and other excessive ill-natured chores. Obviously, it is prohibited to commit sins all your life, but in Ramadan Al Karim, you get a chance to get the maximum blessings of Allah, and He may grant his forgiveness for those who seek.
Start of The Fast
A pre-dawn meal of healthy foods is prepared for Suhoor. Everybody is abided to eat before fasting to get through the day without being lethargic to perform more than daily prayers.
The Muslims refrain from all the food and drink intake all day long and engage in road rage, cursing, fighting or gossiping. They also do not involve in sexual intercourse with their spouses.
End Of The Fast
The usual practice of breaking fast is almost the same amongst all the Muslims; the only difference is the culture, time and available foods at the moment. Muslims traditionally break their fast with a sip of water, dates, a pinch of salt, or whatever is available when breaking the fast. Prophet Muhammad told us about 1,400 years ago to break the fast with a sip of water and some dates at sunset.
After performing the prayer of Maghrib, a large feast is arranged for family and friends and whoever observed the fast. The feast is called Iftar, and at Iftar, everybody is invited regardless of religion, sect, and social status. Even if someone is not fasting, they can be part of Iftar, it is more of a social event that encourages gathering, sharing, charity, kindness and love.
Exemption From Fast
There are exceptions only for children, the elderly, the sick, pregnant or menstruating women and people travelling. But those who are older enough need to complete the count once they are able enough to fast.
The end of Ramadan
The last ten days of Ramadan Al Karim are called the days of immense disposition of forgiveness from Allah and the ultimate time to get all the prayers answered. In these ten days, there is a night called Laylatul Qadar in which all the Muslims wake up all night and offer a significant amount of prayers because it is the most valuable time of the month.
The end of Ramadan gets to end on The day of Eid at 1st Shawwal.
All Muslims celebrate a three-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr. On this day, Muslims attend early morning Eid prayers the day after Ramadan and celebrate according to their preferences