The holiest month of the Muslims: Ramadan
7 April , The main festival of the Muslims, Ramadan, is going on. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, Hijri Sambat. Sighting of the new moon marks the start and the end of the month. Throughout this month, devotees fast from sunrise to sunset without food or water as a way of getting closer to God by cultivating self-control, gratitude and compassion for the less fortunate. All Muslims who have reached puberty should fast in Ramadan. However, people for whom fasting is a hardship, such as sick people, the elderly and children, and pregnant or nursing women are exempt from fasting. president of jame masjid, Samim says "Ramadan is said to be a gift from Allah to his followers to practice devotion” . It is also the month of the revelation of the Quran. Usually, followers of Islam start the study of Namaz during Ramadan. It is believed that, through fasting, devotion and the study of the Quran, devotees get spiritually purified. Devotees also avoid negative acts or habits such as gossiping and lying. For them, Ramadan is an opportunity for self-reflection, spiritual improvement and striving for moral excellence. They pray for the progress of society and the community engages in charitable deeds. These traditions of Ramadan imbibe the values of Islam in Muslims, rejuvenate their spirituality and lay the foundation for continued practice for the rest of the year. A day in Ramadan Devotees wake up before dawn and eat a modest meal (called Suhur). They perform their morning prayers and begin their day. Along with food and drinks, people abstain from sex during the day. They complete their tasks early and spend the extra time in the study of the Quran. After sunset, they break their fast (called Iftar) usually with water and a few dates. They perform their sunset prayers and have their dinner. If it is possible, the devotee may go to a nearby masjid to perform further Ramadan prayers. With a grand celebration of Eid ul-Fitr (festival of the breaking of the fast) the month of Ramadan comes to an end.