Ramadan 2017 fasting hours are very significant for Muslims. During this Holy period, Muslims all over the world will fast a full lunar month. Believers begin to fast at the Fajr call to prayer just before sunrise and break their fast at sundown. Find out more by reading further.
The sun rises and sets a little earlier (or a bit later) every day. That’s why fasting hours in Ramadan also changes by about a few minutes during the month. Towards the end of Ramadan, the day will be a little bit longer than at the beginning of Ramadan fasting in Nigeria. Actual fasting hours and times will be different. They depend on the calculation methods.
What time can Muslims eat during fasting?
Eating must be finished 20 minutes before the time of Fajr. A believer can start to eat during Maghrib. You can see the exact Ramadan timetable of Fajr and Maghrib for each country and almost for each big city on a lot of Muslim websites. For example, during Ramadan the time of Fajr in Lagos, Nigeria will take place from 5:08 am till 5:11 am. The time of Maghrib will be from 6:58 pm till 7:04 pm.
During Ramadan, it is prohibited to eat food and drink water in the daytime. When it is nightfall, believers can begin to break the fast. But eating should be done at the same table with friends and acquaintances and not exclusively with the family or alone. You can call the poor for breaking fast together. To help poor people is a pleasant cause to Allah.
How can a person violate the Ramadan fasting days?
Muslims find out about the Supreme foundations and prohibitions of fasting in Islam from the Quran. During Ramadan, the believer must give up impure deeds and thoughts in spite of the grueling heat.
According to the schedule of the basic rules of Ramadan, during fasting they are the following:
• To refrain entirely from eating food and drinking water during the day.
• To start eating before the dawn.
• Snacks and drinking of any liquids are excluded during the day.
• To deny intimacy, various caresses, and exciting actions.
• To give up from smoking, using narcotic substances or taking alcoholic drinks (they are poison to the human body, so they should not enter the body of a believer during the Holy Fast).
• Don’t cheat.
• Don’t use curse words
• Do not mention the name of Allah with the foul language.
• Do not chew gum.
• Do not cleanse the body with the help of enemas (purification in any unnatural way is prohibited).
Other the violation of fast is:
• To swallow fluid (even water when bathing).
• To miss the Niyyat (a realized action, the Niyyat should be pronounced every day during the Holy Month between night and morning prayers).
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How to keep Ramadan, how to fast?
Ramadan is a time without entertainment and pleasures for believers. During the day you should work, pray and read the Quran. It is important to follow the unshakable traditions and do good deeds. You have to do charity and give alms.
Recommendations for the fasting:
• To eat an exceptionally light food after the sunset.
• Before the dawn comes (two hours before the dawn) you can eat more abundant and heavy food.
• It is necessary to exclude or to reduce as much as possible the quantity of fatty and spicy food. Their use increases thirst.
• If you break off the fast at your will, you should continue the fasting time for one day and give money to the poor equal to 3.5 kg of wheat or give them food for the same amount.
• The fulfillment of carnal sin while fasting must be compensated by 60 days of fasting or the organization of feeding for beggars.
• If a believer has valid reasons not to follow the fast, he can compensate the missing day by any other day of fasting until the next Ramadan.
• In the last days of Ramadan, believers should pray intensively. They must repent of their sins and analyze their mistakes.
• On the final day of fasting, Muslims read a solemn prayer. An essential condition is the distribution of alms. It can be dry food or money.
Ramadan: what can you eat?
The first days of fasting are very tough. From then on, the body will begin to adjust. Restrictions in food become a little easier. At the end of the day after sunset, it's time to eat Iftar. It should not end with overeating. It is recommended to eat a few dates and drink water. And only after a while, you can begin to eat the main dishes. You should restrict dough and roasted food. A high amount of sweets must be limited.
The optimal version of the main meal:
• vegetable dish
• meat and vegetable dish
• a fish dish
• vegetable salad
• fresh juices
• store juices diluted with water to reduce acidity
• fruit drinks
• water and tea
• not-to-strong strong coffee
Intention to fast in the Ramadan
Intention (Niyyat) is pronounced every night before the fast. But the intention, proclaimed by the believer at the beginning of the first night of Ramadan is good too. However, it is better to say the intention daily. The intention after the dawn violates the fast.
The benefits of Ramadan fasting time for health:
• A person does not remain hungry and uses calories adequately without any restrictions.
• Carbohydrates are burned (the amount of sugar and insulin in the blood decreases), the energy is extracted. Fat accumulation burns.
• The body rests at the physiological level.
• The process of metabolism is normalized.
• No side effects.
• The body is cleansed.
• A person finds it easier to give up bad habits afterwards.
During Ramadan, Muslims use a special means to clean the mouth after the food. It is a Sivak (Miswak). It is not considered a violation of fasting by cleaning the teeth with a toothbrush.
However, the use of toothpaste breaks fasting, since a person can swallow a paste. It is recommended to brush your teeth with toothpaste in the evening or the early morning.
Swallowed saliva during Ramadan does not violate the fast. If by chance there is dust or smoke in the throat, it also does not break the fast.
Children, old men, invalids, travelers, pregnant and lactating women are free from the Fast.
Why do Muslims fast? Why can a believer eat only at night during Ramadan?
It is the will of Allah. The meaning of fasting is the following: a person should become better with the help of prayer and to do good deeds. Corporal abstinence helps to focus all attention to spiritual life.
Ramadan is here! Congratulations! This month is the most important month for all Muslims. A strict fast begins. It helps you to strengthen your faith. Let good and mutual understanding settle in your houses and hearts. Let your prayers be heard by the Most High. Be happy! We wish you health and prosperity!
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