Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

Ramadan is an important time for all Muslims as it is a month of reflection and fasting for thirty days.

Not only is it known for fasting from sunrise to sunset with no food or water, but it is also a time of repentance, mercy and being closer to Allah (SWT). 

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: When Ramadan comes, the door of mercy is open (Sahih Bukhari)Ramadan takes place from 13th April to mid-May, although the exact dates depend on the sighting of the moon.

Such is the importance of fasting that it is mentioned in the Quran: “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed to those before you so that you may attain taqwa” (Surah al-Baqarah Chapter 2, Verse 183). Based on this verse, we can conclude that it obligatory for all Muslims to fast. Ramadan takes place from 13th April to mid-May, although the exact dates depend on the sighting of the moon.


Ramadan takes place from 13th April to mid-May, although the exact dates depend on the sighting of the moon. Muslims fast is because it is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam, the other pillars being Shahada, salat, zakat and hajj. Before sunrise, Muslims will have a meal (suhoor) and another meal (iftar) after sunset. The only people who do not have to fast during Ramadan are children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who are travelling or ill.

Ramadan takes place from 13th April to mid-May, although the exact dates depend on the sighting of the moon. Muslims fast is because it is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam, the other pillars being Shahada, Salat, Zakat and Hajj.

Ramadan takes place from 13th April to mid-May, although the exact dates depend on the sighting of the moon. Muslims fast is because it is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam, the other pillars being Shahada, salat, zakat and hajj.

Before sunrise, Muslims will have a meal (suhoor) and another meal (iftar) after sunset. The only people who do not have to fast during Ramadan are children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who are travelling or ill. The reward of giving Dawah is immense. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” (Muslim)

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