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The month of Ramadan is underway and devotees have started observing disciplined fasts that last all day long. Prayers are offered five times a day (CLICK HERE FOR PRAYER TIMINGS) and the fast is broken with iftar in the evening. This observance lasts 29-30 days based on sightings of the crescent moon. It is obligatory for Muslims to observe this fast unless one cannot observe it due to health reasons. (ALSO SEE Ramadan 2016: The purpose of fasting during Ramadan) It is one of the five basic tenets of Islam, the other four being hajj, namaz, charity and proclamation of faith. Also Read - GRD vs BGR Dream11 Team Prediction, Vincy Premier League T10 2020: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips Grenadines Divers vs Botanical Garden Rangers 3rd Place-off at Arnos Vale Sporting Complex at 7.30 PM IST

The origin of Ramadan Kareem goes way back to 624 CE. After a year of hijra, which is the beginning of the Islamic calendar, it is said that Prophet Mohammad continued to receive revelations from Allah thorugh the angel Gabriel. One such revelation was received in the month of Sha’aban, the month right before Ramadan Kareem, in which the Almighty ordered that all believers of Islam should observe fast in the coming month. According to Chapter 2, Revelation 185, of the Quran: Also Read - Kunal Kamra Reacts to 1.7 Million Dislikes on YouTube Video 'Aaja Beta Carry Teko Roast Sikhaye', Says 'Carry Fans Can Join BJP IT Cell'

The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.

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Therefore, since 624 CE which was 15 years after the foundation of Islam, Muslims started observing Ramadan and continue to observe it with great perseverance, self-discipline and abstinence till date.

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