Muslims observe Ramzan in remembrance of the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.
In the month of Ramzan, Muslims, apart from fasting, do self-contemplation, show resilience and worship.
Fasting implies a sacrifice, which brings worshippers closer to God. It also reminds worshippers of the hardships of the less fortunate and practice charity and gratitude.
The faithful have to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramzan. Further, they are encouraged to not indulge in gossips and arguments.
Muslims wake up before sunrise to prepare and have a meal called “suhoor”. It is a healthy meal comprising power foods like vegetables, fruits, tea, yoghurt and dates to keep them energetic throughout the day.
The end of Ramzan is marked by Eid-ul-Fitr, which will likely be on June 14 this year. In Arabic, ‘Eid’ means something, which returns. The word ‘Fitr’ comes from Iftar, which means breaking the fast. Thus, Eid-ul-Fitr denotes the end of the fasting month.
Muslims break their fast like Prophet Muhammad did some 1,400 years ago. They break their fast at the sunset by taking a sip of water and some dates. After sunset prayers, a large feast known as Iftar is shared with family and friends.