Here's What You Need To Know About Ramadan In Brooklyn

ImageRamadan decorations on display at a store in the Bay Ridge neighborhood

ImageRamadan decorations on display at a store in the Bay Ridge neighborhood

Muslims also celebrate an evening of utmost importance called Laylat al-Qadr, known in English as the "Night of Power", which happens to be the night when the first revelation of the Quran was received by Muhammad.

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This year, Ramadan will begin on the evening of May 15, Tuesday and end on the evening of June 14, Thursday. As mentioned in the holy book, Quran, Muslims, during this month, are supposed to donate alms to the poor and feed the hungry. The Kingdom and other Muslim nations, like Indonesia, declared Ramadan would not begin on Wednesday based on the observations by moon-sighting committees. The month-long fasting ends on Id-ul-Fitr celebrations.

All Muslims have to pay zakat during the month of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. This Ramadan comes amidst true humanitarian tragedies that those several Muslim countries with wars, divide and conflict violating the spirit of the message of peace, gatherers, unity, love and coexistence. How many hours is Ramadan? So they said that Ramadan will start from 17th of May.

Fasting from dawn until sunset in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is aimed to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.

Fasting is not considered compulsory for many groups - including people who are unwell or have a long-term condition; people with learning difficulties; people who are travelling; and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating.

Suhoor, a vital part of fasting, observant Muslims eat a healthy meal together with the family in the dawn in order to remain in good health for the rest of the day during the fast.

He said Ramadan is a time of self-reflection meant to deepen one's spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides.

On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques.

After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served.

After the prayer, they visit friends and relatives, give gifts especially to children, and make phone calls to distant relatives to exchange greetings of "Eid Mubarak" or "Blessed Eid".

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