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5 things you must know about Ramadan

Before starting this let me make it clear that I am not an Islamic scholar. This blog simply has a few things that I feel everyone must know as a general knowledge about Ramadan and fasting. I have compiled a list of 5 things below, so here goes,

1. Just like the Gregorian calendar there is an Islamic calendar which is based on the moon. Ramadan is the 9th of the 12 months in the Islamic calendar. It contains either 29 or 30 days. The variability is because it is a lunar calendar. If the moon is sighted on the 29th day, the following day is Eid ul-fitr. However, if the moon is not seen then there are 30 fasts and Eid comes next. So now you know the story behind “Eid ka chaand” :-)

2. There are five pillars of Islam, one of which is fasting. This elaborates the importance of Ramadan. Following are the five pillars,

a. Shahadah – Aka ‘Imaan’. It is the belief in one God and the Messenger (Peace be upon him).

b. Salah – Aka ‘Namaz’. It is the prayer offered five times a day.

c. Zakāt - It …