Iranian people, alongside the Muslims around the world, will mark the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a time when Muslims will fast during the hours of daylight. It lasts for 29 or 30 days.
The Koran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during this month.
During Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset for the entire month. A single sip of water or a puff of a cigarette is considered enough to invalidate the fast.
The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. Muslims often give to charities during the month, and mosques and aid organizations organize free meals for the public every night.
Fasting also is seen as a way to physically and spiritually detoxify through exercising self-restraint.
This year, Ramadan falls during the late Spring, which means long and hot days of fasting. Mainstream scholars advise Muslims in northern European countries with 16 hours or more of daylight to follow the cycle of fasting of the nearest Muslim majority nation to them to avoid impossibly long hours without food or water.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
It is common to have one meal, known as the Suhoor, just before sunrise and another, known as the Iftar, directly after sunset.
The end of Ramadan is marked by ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.
Realiran congratulate this holy month for whole Islamic World and pray Allah Almighty to bring peace, happiness and goodness to the Muslim World and humanity.