Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.Muslims worldwide regard the month as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the revelation of the holy Quran to the holy Prophet Muhammad.
The observance of Ramadan forms one of the five pillars of Islam. Here are five interesting facts about the month of Ramadan that even some Muslims don’t know.
CF1) The word Ramadan was coined from the Arabic word ramiḍa which means scorching heat or dryness.
CF2) Fasting the month of Ramadan was made compulsory for all believing Muslims in the second year after they migrated from Mecca to Medina during the month of Sha’ban.
CF3) In some Muslim countries like Algeria and Kuwait, failing to fast is considered a crime and attracts serious punishments such as long prison sentences and heavy fines.
CF4) In 2014, some Muslims in Iceland and Norway fasted for almost 22 hours while those in Sydney, Australia fasted for about 11 hours due to the variation in the length of time between dawn and sunset in the different parts of the world. People in the part of the world where there is continuous day or night follow the timing of the nearest cities or Mecca
C5) Contrary to the popular belief that crime rates reduce during Ramadan, some countries like Indonesia record higher crime rates during this time and consequently have to reinforce their security.
C6) Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.
C7) Ramadan is not a period for a temporary increase in your religious activities, its a month that shows every Muslim a glimpse of what he/she is capable of.
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