Fasting in Ramadan has several meanings. In addition to devotion, it is important to renounce worldly values ??and goods. There is also generally talk of giving up worldly thinking. Instead of this, a time dedicated to faith should be celebrated, in which the soul is freed from harmful contaminations. This is not enough, but Ramadan is intended to teach other important lessons to Muslims. One of them is self-discipline, which can be exercised very well in Ramadan. It is also intended to exercise the will to sacrifice and self-control. Finally, believers must practice generosity, The aid to the less beneficiaries and, in general, the aid towards other human beings.
When were the celebrations of Ramadan celebrated in 2017?
Ramadan month will begin from May 27th, Saturday. Ramadan 2017 UK will be 29 days long and, its last day will be on 24th June, 2017. In London, UK, the average duration of fasting is 17 hours and 28 minutes.
When is fasting in Ramadan not compulsory for Muslims?
There are some exceptions in which a Muslim is not obliged to fast. Among them, the most outstanding is the age. Thus, the obligation to fast begins only with puberty and ends in old age. However, this last limit depends on the state of health.
The rule is that fasting should be practiced as long as the believer enjoys “mental and bodily health.”
In addition there are several other exceptions. These include travel in which it is not possible to fast, menstruation of women, illness, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Despite losing their obligation because of some exception, some Muslims choose to celebrate Ramadan and fast. In these cases it is advisable to have strict medical supervision, Because otherwise serious health consequences are possible. For all those who can not celebrate Ramadan (except for children and the elderly) there is a rule that fasting days must be fulfilled at another time.
Suhoor and Iftar
The most important thing for the morning meal, Suhoor, is that it should be consumed before the first prayer of the day (Fajr). The exact character of this food varies. Often, Muslims eat a dish based on rice, fruit or some other light meal. The rules for the second meal of the day, the Iftar, are often stricter.
Frequently, first dates are eaten and then the fourth prayer of the day (Maghrib) is performed. The main dish is served afterwards. Many times it is a meal of very abundant character that contains meat or rice. It is accompanied by desserts with a high caloric content, which in some local cultures are only prepared in the months of Ramadan. In addition, the habit of sharing Iftar with a large group of people is considered important in many regions. Therefore, this most important meal of the day is usually held together with friends or family. In these cases the food is often served in a buffet. It is common in this case to have a variety of dishes.