Ramzan – Holy Month of Islam

Ramzan is “the month of mercy and blessings.”

For Muslims, it is the holiest month on the Islamic calendar. It is the ninth month according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar and the month in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed for the first time on “Laylat al-Qadr,” (The Night of Power), observed as the holiest night of the year, that time of the year when Allah showers blessings in abundance and freely forgives all sins.

In 2016, Muslims will observe Ramzan from June 6 to July 5.

How do Muslims observe Ramzan?

Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset during this holy month as fasting during the month of Ramzan is one of the “Five Pillars of Islam.”

Throughout the holy month, Muslims avoid drinking, smoking, substance abuse and behavior such as telling lies, gossiping, and using abusive language.

Muslims are required to busy themselves with prayers and recitation of the Holy Quran.

Who need not fast?

Fasting is obligatory for all adult Muslims, except those who are ill, old, diabetic, and/or travelling to distant places.

Pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, and girls on their periods are not required to fast.

Prophet Mohammed told his followers: “The gate of heaven would be open to the entire month and the gate of hell would be closed.”

To understand the spirit of Ramzan, watch this Surf Excel ad that has become very popular on social networking sites.

Ramzan Delicacies

Ramzan is the time when Muslims as well as non-Muslims look forward to tasting delicious snacks.

According to The 3 Hungry Men Blog, Mangaloreans should not miss these eight Ramzan delicacies—Mutton Haleem, Mutton Sheekh Kabab, Al Faham, Mangalore Premium Biryani, Chatti Pathiri, Kathi Roll, Chicken/Mutton Samosa, and Phirni, all of which are available at the Food Street in Forum Fiza Mall.

Last year, The Times of India mentioned 16 delightful biryanis served at Biryani Tree at Forum Fiza Mall, some of which were Kheema Biryani, Bombay Dum Biryani, Boneless Biryani, Thalassery Biryani, Bengalurur Aqni Biryani, and Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

If you want to savor mouthwatering chicken/mutton samosas in Mangalore during Ramzan, head over to the Bombay Lucky Restaurant in Bunder, which also serves other breaking-the-fast delicacies such as Sheer Kurma and Phirni.

 

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