In the entire world there are hundreds of millions of people, most of who belong to different religious groups. Only a small group says they do not believe in God and many others say they can worship him as they see fit. Since, according to his opinion of him, it does not matter the way in which he is worshipped, but the motivation.
Seeing this diversity of religions, we realize that we know little, or perhaps nothing, about the vast majority of them. Because of this, we may feel ignorant about it. However, who has the ability to know everything?
However, one thing that will help you feel better is research. When we take the time to investigate, it’s amazing how much we can learn. You don’t have to worry about how many hours you should spend on research. If you set aside at least an hour a day, you will see how your knowledge will increase.
Of course, the purpose is not for you to become a scholar. You don’t have to neglect your daily occupations to spend your time reading. Rather, you can devote yourself to this task in your spare time. That time you spend watching TV or listening to music.
These religious groups have different beliefs and customs, many of them are very strange to us because we belong to a totally opposite culture. However, when you get to know them, you can understand the way of thinking of their parishioners.
How about you start by researching about Ramadan? Perhaps you had not heard that term until now. What is it about? As practiced? What religion does it? In this article we will be answering these and other questions regarding Ramadan.
Instructions for celebrating Ramadan
Ramadan is a Muslim celebration, in which people must refrain from drinking, eating or having sexual relations. All this during daylight hours, that is, from dawn to sunset.
This celebration coincides with the date on which the Prophet Muhammad receives the first revelation of the Koran, which is the holy book of Muslims.
One of the most important activities of Ramadan is fasting. In fact, it is one of the five fundamental pillars of Islam. It is considered as a method of purification with which one learns to have strength and be patient. In other words, you learn to know yourself.
The celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, and the practice of fasting, have a religious, health function, because it is responsible for purifying the body; mental, since it strengthens the will of the person and moral, because it helps to understand what people who have no chance of getting food suffer.
Ramadan is not always celebrated on the same date. This is because Muslims follow a lunar calendar. It usually starts in the ninth month of this calendar, when the new moon appears, and ends with the next new moon. That is, it lasts between 29 and 30 days.
Now, how is Ramadan celebrated? The first thing you should do, as we have already explained to you before, is too fast. Fasting involves not eating or drinking anything from sunrise to sunset. This prohibition includes water and any other type of liquid and food, including chewing gum.
So, in order to endure fasting, you need to get up very early, before the sun rises, so that you can eat your morning meal and to hydrate well so that you can get through the day.
Try to eat protein and high-fiber foods, such as grains, fruits, and vegetables, so you don’t feel too hungry during the day.
On the other hand, in the course of the day, you must recite the five prayers that are prescribed, just as you does the rest of the year, which includes the prayer after if tar. This is how the food that gives rise to the breaking of the fast is known.
He also performs the Tarawa, which consists of a four-cycle prayer. Where he first stands, then bows prostrate and sit. As he stands, parts of the Koran are read.
You can do these prayers from home, but you can also go to the mosque, since Ramadan is a special time for reflection and holiness. In fact, some people spend the last ten days in the mosque so that they can fully devote themselves to prayer.
During Ramadan, you seek to be a better person, so you should avoid negative attitudes such as anger, lies, and the like. In fact, some Muslims refrain from activities like smoking or having sex.
On the other hand, Ramadan provides an opportunity to cultivate qualities such as generosity, since you can donate money to people who have less income than you. Also, dedicate part of your time to collaborate as a volunteer in a charity event. You can also invite your family and friends to a special meal at home, to break the fast.
Now, what else do you need to know about how Ramadan is celebrated? We will be talking about it in the next subtitle. Let’s see.
What do you need to celebrate Ramadan?
It is true that fasting is a fundamental part of Ramadan. In fact, it is a compulsory practice for all Muslims. However, there are their exceptions. For example, the elderly, the sick, children and women with menstruation or who have not yet recovered from childbirth, also if they are nursing or pregnant, are exempt.
The same happens with people who have a job where they invest much of their energy. Actually doing the help will be up to you, whether you think you can do it or not.
However, during the rest of the year they must compensate, in some way, for fasting. Perhaps you can donate money to charitable organizations that are responsible for bringing food to people in great need. There is also the possibility of volunteering for organizations that are run on a non-profit basis.
There is also the possibility of delaying the fast and doing it before the end of the year, as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.
The important thing is to comply with the ritual of Ramadan. But, what tips should you keep in mind when celebrating? We will be seeing it next.
Tips for celebrating Ramadan
At the end of Ramadan, a great opportunity presents itself to you. You will have the privilege of being grateful. You must remember that it was Allah who allowed you to exercise self-control while fasting.
Besides, he gave you the strength to bear it. So you should always thank him through prayers and good deeds with others.
On the other hand, it will be a good time to visit family and friends, where you can strengthen the ties of brotherhood and sisterhood that unites them.
You can also decorate your house. It will be a special occasion to share with the children and thus prepare your house to receive visitors. You can decorate using lanterns, moons and stars. However, the decoration is at the discretion of each person.
Think about buying some new outfit. It is tradition to do it for the children, but it is not bad that you buy something for yourself too. If you do not want to incur that expense, you can wear the best clothes you have, the most elegant, to visit or to receive visitors at home.
If you keep in mind what the true objective of Ramadan is, its celebration will be full of meaning and you will be able to carry it out according to tradition.