Updated: May 6, 2019 6:26:31 pm
Ramadan 2019 Time Table, Prayer Times: Ramadan, or Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a holy month for Muslims, when followers of the faith observe roza or holy fast for a month.
Ramadan starts on May 6 for UAE residents as per the the Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee which met on Sunday after Maghreb prayers, under the chairmanship of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice. Ramadan or Ramzan in India will begin from May 7 depending on moon sighting.
Observed for an entire month from sunrise to sunset, the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan is dedicated to the glorious night of Laylat al-Qadr when the holy Quran was first revealed to mankind. According to Islamic scriptures, throughout this month, the devils are locked up in chains in hell and nobody can come in the way of the almighty and true prayers.
During the fast, people let go off worldly pleasures and fast with their family and friends. Fasting is obligatory for all adult Muslims except for pregnant ladies, breastfeeding mothers, chronically ill, diabetic and those menstruating.
In preparation for roza, Muslims across the world eat a pre-fast meal early morning which is called ‘Sehri’ and observe fast throughout the day by not eating, or drinking even a drop of water. Breaking the fast in the evening is called ‘Iftar’ where a feast is spread.
Ramadan or Ramzan is practiced by all Muslims irrespective of where they live. Five daily prayers are observed every day from pre-dawn to night. These are Fajr (dawn), Dhuhr (noon), Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (evening), and Isha (night).
Charity or Zakat which is a fixed percentage of a person’s savings is obligatory to be donated in Islam during Ramadan or Ramzan.
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