Udupi/Mangaluru, May 07, 2019: With the sighting of the crescent moon at Kapad in Kozhikode Kerala, the fasting for the month of Ramzan has begun from May 6, Monday onward, announced Udupi, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru Qazi P M Ibrahim Musliyar Bekal and Dakshina Kannada district Qazi Tvaka Ahmed Musliyar.
“May the month of fasting strengthen the harmony in society. Ramadan is a month that helps one to understand the real meaning of hunger and control one’s emotions. This month emphasizes harmony and tolerance. Muslims who fast during the month should strive to better understand their own religion as well as strengthen their harmony with people of other religions. It the month to purify oneself. Muslims should welcome this month as a way to purify themselves morally and mentally. I wish everyone a blessed Ramadan,” said Qazi Twaka Ahmed Musliyar in his message for Ramzan.
Ramazan is the ninth and most sacred month in the Islamic calendar and during the month, Muslims around the world fast from daybreak to dusk every day. They start their day by eating Sehri which is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting. They later break their fast at Iftar, the evening meal consumed at sunset.
The fasting or Roza during Ramadan is not just about abstaining from food and drink, the real purpose is to attain purity and piousness in order to be closer to Allah. Special night prayers called Taraveeh are offered in mosques during the holy month. Ramadan culminates with the celebration of the festival Id-ul-Fitr.