Lucknow: The sighting of Moon on Friday marked the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan. Milions of Muslims would be observing fast between dawn and dusk which will continue for the next 30 days.
The holy Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan and as per Quran observing of fast is required during this month, Quoting Quran from chapter 2 verse 185 it says, "And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful".
In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran. Some Muslims perform the recitation of the entire Quran by means of special prayers, called Tarawih
, which are held in the mosques every night of the month, during which a section of the Quran is recited.
Shoppers busied themselves since morning to buy dates, a favorite fruit to break the daylong fast. "Some of the better quality Saudi dates are exorbitantly priced. A packet containing around two dozen high-quality dates costs anything between Rs.400-700," said Imran Manzoor, a fast observer.
During the 30 days of fasting, which began here with the sighting of the crescent moon on Friday, devout Muslims do not eat or drink during the day, as it has to be done between dusk and dawn. The breaking of the daylong fast is known as 'Iftaar' and the pre-dawn meal before starting the fast is known as 'Sehri'. Every household consumes mutton, chicken, fruit and the usual rice and vegetables during Ramadan. Special dishes like phirni
are prepared for Iftaar.
The month long fasting will culminate in the Id-ul-Fitr celebrations.