Observing Ramadhan in Malaysia
Ramadhan is the ninth month in the Muslim Calendar and it is also the fasting month for us. The fasting month in summer will last from 9 to 21 hours, depending on which country you are in. This year the first day of Ramadhan falls on 29th June.All Muslims around the world will observe this Holy Month with obligatory fasting from dawn to dusk.
It is obligatory for all healthy adult Muslims to fast except for those who are suffering from illnesses like diabetes etc, which may worsen their health when doing so.
Mothers who are breastfeeding or pregnant are not encouraged to fast, not unless they feel that they can perform so without jeopadising their health and that of the baby. Women who are going through their menstrual bleeding are not allowed to fast too and she has to wait till she is clean, then she can fast.
Exception is also given to travellers going on long distance journeys but they must pay back by fasting as soon as they are able to. The same applies to nursing and pregnant mothers.
Muslims are not allowed to take liquids, consume food or even smoke from dawn to dusk while fasting and they are not to engage in vain talks, abstain from gossips or listening to gossips and even sexual intimacy in refrained during fasting.
The hearts and minds should be with you when fasting and a fast is not complete if you don't abstain from doing what is forbidden or until your thoughts, emotions and actions become pure.
The meals taken at dawn is known as suhoor and the ones taken for breaking fast is known as iftar. Normally for iftar, it will be a big fest for families who can afford it.
Typical activities during the month of Ramadhan are nightly prayers, held at every mosque, Quran recital, giving out charities to the poor and needy.
At the end of Ramadhan, normally after 29 days, a big feast awaits and we will rejoice with Eid celebration.
This i show Ramdhan is observed and celebrated in my country and this the Ramadhan in my understand of the teachings of my faith.