Malaysian festivals are aplenty. Ramadan is the holy month, where Muslims fast for an entire month. More than 61% population residing in Malaysia are Muslim, which makes the month of Ramadan an important time in the calendar.
Why do Muslims Fast during Ramadan?
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is observed as the month of fasting by Muslims across the globe. Muslims fast to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.
The directive prescribed fasting as a compulsory duty for Muslims. Fasting is one of the 5 fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims across the world abstain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, engaging in sexual relations while fasting from dawn to sunset.
Significance of Ramadan
Ramadan is not all about not about breaking the fast at dusk, there is much more to it. During the month of Ramadan Muslims re-evaluate their deeds, make peace with everyone, strengthen their ties and bonds with family, refrain from bad behaviour and wrongdoing.
Ramadan is observed as a month of self-sacrifice and charity. It is a time to purify one’s soul and reconnect with God.
Every day, before sunrise, Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called Suhur. This meal is eaten before Muslims start the first prayer. After the first prayer Muslims refrain from consuming anything including water. These fasts are extremely intense as by fasting one shows the highest degree of obedience. This is an excellent way to improve self-morality and spirituality.
Iftar is the time at which Muslims break their fast. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad consumed three date palms to break his fast and has since become a tradition that many Muslims follow. Muslims usually consume dates and water to break their fast. Iftar meals are consumed together with the entire family and are usually quite heavy. Also during Iftar, extended family, friends, and neighbours are invited home.
Hari Raya/Eid al-Fitri
Hari Raya signifies the end of Ramadan. Hari Raya/Eid al-Fitri is considered to be one of the most important festivals of the year, as it marks the end of the one month fasting period known as Ramadan. On this day Muslims invite family and friends home for prayers and celebrations. It is celebrated with much grandeur across the world and the delicacies made on this day are to die for.
Countries across the globe have their own kind of delicacies they like to consume during Ramadan, Samosas are a favourite, so are kebabs and haleem. Fruits and Sawine are also favourites.
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