Muslims join in fasting the Holy month of Ramadan

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The Muslim Holy month of Ramadan in which believers observe a strict fast begins on Saturday.

The Muslim calendar is lunar-solar, so every year significant dates and holidays shift by approximately 11 days. The average length of one of the Muslim month is 29-30 days.

According to Islamic belief, the first verses of the Quran were revealed to prophet Muhammad in the month of Ramadan, when he was in spiritual retreat in located near Mecca cave Hira. Post last month on the Muslim calendar, which is lunar. During all his days faithful (with the exception of certain categories of people, e.g. elderly and children) prescribed completely abstain from food and drink throughout daylight hours. At the end of lent, believers celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which this year falls on June 25.

«Ramadan is called the month of mercy, because in this month began the revelation of the Koran, and thus began the prophetic mission of our beloved prophet Muhammad – the mercy for the worlds. In the Holy tradition – the hadith of the Prophet says that in Ramadan the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of hell – locked, sincere fasting person will be forgiven of sins, and prayer is requested – accepted», — addressed the faithful, the head of the Council of Muftis of Russia (SMR) Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin.

Along with physical fasting is an important part of Ramadan, according to Muslim leader, is «overcoming your ego, passions, desires, unrighteous thoughts.» In addition, believers must do good deeds.

«I pray to Almighty Allah to give us strength for fasting, additional prayers and blessings. Pray is also the Creator of all things that the current Ramadan has brought relief to the hundreds of thousands of our co-religionists in the middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa and other regions that were in distress, and that we – the Muslims of Russia and CIS countries – were able to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions, the cessation of strife and war», — concluded the mufti.
The evening meal

In the evening believers make breaking fast, called iftar. Evening Fitr is a blessed time, so it try to invite relatives, close friends and neighbors, and it is believed that the Muslim, who arranged a treat, can count on the forgiveness of sins and a place in Paradise. Often for iftar invited by the Mullah.

As noted by the first Deputy Chairman of the IDA Rushan Abbyasov, this year Ramadan falls in the long light days, so iftar starts quite late. So, the Muslims of Central Russia will break the fast after 21 hours, the Muslims of St. Petersburg – an hour later.

In connection with the beginning of lent in Moscow near the Memorial mosque on Poklonnaya hill will open the «Ramadan Tent», which every night will be iftar. Every iftar will be devoted to a particular culture or organization. The campaign «Ramadan Tent» will be held for the 12th time. In particular, provided for evening Muslim evening of the Uyghur people, an evening of Finnish Tatars and evening recitation of the Quran.


During the month of Ramadan, believers offer special alms called zakat al-Fitr. Funds raised go to charity, they have the feast of Eid al-Fitr congratulate elderly and vulnerable people, children in orphanages.

The minimum amount of alms set theologians. In 2017 the size for the poor is 100 rubles, for people with average incomes – 300, for the wealthy – from 500 rubles.

Thus the rules of Islam include if a person misses any of the fast days. In this case, he should give a «redemptive charity» is the fidyah-sadaka. Its amount depends on the average daily spending on food in the days of breach of the post.