The entire Muslim population of the world will be playing a part in Ramadan between the hot and arid months May and June. It's the Holiest month of the Islamic year, and Muslims would observe fasting from sunrise to sunset. Pakistan’s largest and number one digital food network, sooperchef has produced a helpful beginner's guide that will provide you with all the details that you need to know about the holy month of Ramadan 2018 and also to help you recognize its importance and significance. The dates change every year, so keep an eye on this article to find out when Ramadan will take place in 2018.

An Introduction to Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the holiest months in the Islamic Calendar, and during the thirty days of this month, Muslims observe fasting (also known as sawm). During this fast, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking along with many other activates from sunrise (Suhoor) to sunset (Iftar) and this goes for approximately 30 days. Observing fasts is necessary for the observers of the religion of Islam as Roza is one of the five pillars of Islam (the others being kalma, namaz, zakat, and hajj). The dates for Ramadan vary annually as they’re verified by the sighting of a new moon – for many Muslims, from Saudi Arabia. The start and end of Ramadan are always declared the day before. This year’s Ramadan is set to initiate on or around Tuesday, 15th of May 2018 and is expected to last until Thursday 14th of June 2018.

Iftar and Suhoor Meals

Suhoor is the first and only meal of the day during Ramadan, taken just before sunrise, before the day of fasting starts. Most of the time quick and tasty meals are prepared and served during the rush hours. Restaurants and eateries usually host smaller buffets in the small hours of the morning. Iftar is the grand meal that takes place at the start of the adhan of Maghreb where Muslims break the fast. Typically, people do that with dates, fruits and juices, and water, before heading to the Maghreb prayers. Upon their return, large meals are the norm which includes spicy fried snacks like samosas, dahi bhalla, russian salads and fruit chaat etc. other Iftar recipes include biryani, chicken rolls and other heavy meals as the iftar is celebrated usually with family and friends.

Etiquettes and Exceptions

During the month of Ramadan, drinking and eating in public is forbidden and is considered to be an act of great offense and can even attract a fine or a reproof from the police. individuals who are not fasting and looking for something to eat or drink during daylight hours during Ramadan need to get it done indoors and out of sight or in designated screened-off areas within public places. Usually, fasting is not necessary for people who suffer from medical conditions like diabetes or severe heart illnesses and nor to women who are pregnant. nevertheless, the same rules are valid to them as well and they are not supposed to eat or drink around or in public places and supposed to use designated screened-off areas in public that are well hidden from view of the general fasting populace.

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