Sheikh Imran Bashir
Agence India Press
Srinagar: Muslims in the country flocked to mosques and prayers houses Sunday night to perform tarawih (Ramadan evening prayers), one of many rituals to welcome the fasting month that starts Monday.
With the evidence of sighting up of moon has been received on Monday. Muslims would be observing there first fasting on Tuesday all over the India.
Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, will begin from Tuesday with the new moon being sighted this evening.
While the faithful in Kerala began observing the month from on Monday, the other parts of the country will start the period of fasting from Tuesday.
The moon sighting committee of Delhi that met this evening announced the new moon has been sighted.
Believed to be the month when the first verses of the Quran were revelled to Prophet Muhammad, (S.A.W) Muslims fast every day for an entire month, abstaining from food and water from dawn to dusk, besides devoting more time to prayer and more resources to charity.
The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has felicitated the people especially Muslims on the auspicious occasion of the Month of Fast Ramdan.
In a statement to Agence India Press, the Chief Minister described Ramdan an opportunity for the subjects of Allah to re-dedicate themselves as His faithfuls and show highest degree of tolerance by observing fast not only on account of eating food but by renunciation of all activities leading to sin and amounting to detrimental to human dignity.
Praying for the peace and prosperity of the State and well-being of the people, Omar Abdullah expressed the hope that the people while seeking forgiveness from Allah will also pray for the peace and development of the State.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has sent his greetings to Muslims around the world for Ramadan.
In a statement Monday, the president said Ramadan is a time for deep reflection and sacrifice and that it also draws families and communities together for prayers and Iftars shared meals that break the daybreak-to-sunset fast.
Obama wished Muslims a “blessed month” and said he looks forward to hosting an Iftar dinner at the White House.
The president said Ramadan is also a reminder of the importance of reaching out to the less fortunate, noting the “heartbreaking accounts” of deaths and the images of families and children in Somalia and the Horn of Africa struggling to survive. He called on nations and peoples to come together to support aid efforts to avert an even worse catastrophe.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The start of the holiday is determined by the appearance of the new moon.
During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to fast and abstain from smoking and sex from dawn to sunset. The month ends with a celebration called Eid al-Fitr.
People were seen greeting each other on the beginning of the holy month. Taraveeh (special Ramzan prayers) began at the mosques.
Women were seen preparing special dishes for “Sehri”.
The word Taraveeh comes from Arabic word which means to rest and relax.
Saudi Arabia Television broadcasts the Taraveeh prayers live from Makkah, Saudi Arabia with simultaneous subtitling of the English translation.
In Saudi Arabia, Indonesia,Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar -Ramadan starts on Monday while in Indian and Pakistan it will be observed from August 2, 2011.
It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to Allah.
Muslims fast for the sake of God (Allah) and to offer more prayer than usual. Compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards by about eleven days each year depending on the moon; thus, a person will have fasted every day of the calendar year in 34 years’ time.
Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God (Allah) to humankind, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W). (AIP)
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