Muslim Youth Celebrate:
What is Ramadan?
In the Holy Qur’an fasting has been prescribed from dawn to sunset in the lunar month of Ramadan. It is a discipline which promotes righteousness and makes it easier for a seeker to scale spiritual heights. One who is fasting becomes aware of all Divine bounties, and fasting thus helps one to employ them beneficently.
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا کُتِبَ عَلَیۡکُمُ الصِّیَامُ کَمَا کُتِبَ عَلَی الَّذِیۡنَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِکُمۡ لَعَلَّکُمۡ تَتَّقُوۡنَ
O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous. [Holy Quran – 2:184]
In the above verse, Muslims are told in the first place that fasting is not a new institution. It is not a new burden laid upon them; it is a very old institution and all those nations that have passed before them and among whom prophets appeared were commanded to observe fasts. Secondly, they are told that they should not look upon fasting as a useless burden; it is meant for their good and the chief advantage they will derive from it will be that they will learn to be pious.
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Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. This joyous day is celebrated to give thanks for the blessings of Ramadhan. Muslims attend the congregational Eid prayer service which is held in the morning. They wear new clothing, cook delicious food and invite friends and neighbors to celebrate with them. Fasting during Ramadan inspires sympathy for the hungry and needy, and encourages Muslims to donate generously to the poor.