Muslims around the world are currently observing Ramadan, Lent month-long, celebration of purification and self-restraint.
Exact date of Ramadan defines a special commission of theologians, on the basis of the provisions of the moon. Ramadan – the ninth month of the lunar calendar, the most important month for Muslims. “Ramadan” is translated as “hot, bursting with warmth”, which is due to the fact that before he fell on the hottest summer months. According to legend, one night of Ramadan the Prophet Muhammad received his first divine “revelation.” Muslims believe that during the ninth lunar month, Allah will decide the fate of people.
During Ramadan, the Muslim community to refrain from food, water, smoking and sexual intercourse between sunrise and sunset. Muslims break one’s fast after sundown with a meal called Iftar, when allowed to receive the traditional food.
At this time, Muslims are also encouraged to read the Koran and to pray, give alms and perform other righteous deeds.