Ramadan

Ramadan is an important month in the Muslim calendar. During Ramadan, religious Muslims fast until sunset and often spend a good part of the day praying and reciting the Quran.

The holiest month of the Islamic year is Ramadan. Fasting is an important part of Islam, and its benefits are thought to increase dramatically during Ramadan. Observant Muslims will refrain not only from eating during the day, but also smoking, swearing, and even drinking liquids. The word Ramadan comes from an Arabic word, ramaḍa, which means "be hot." Originally, Ramadan occurred at the hottest time of the year, but a calendar change resulted in Ramadan's rotation through the seasons.

Definitions of Ramadan
  1. noun
    the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; the month of fasting; the holiest period for the Islamic faith
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    type of:
    Islamic calendar month
    any lunar month in the Muslim calendar
  2. noun
    (Islam) a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan
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    type of:
    fast, fasting
    abstaining from food
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