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Ramadan to begin in Qatar on Monday: Awqaf

Ramadan will begin in Qatar on Monday (May 6), the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs announced on Saturday, adding that the last day of Sha’ban will be on Sunday.

For those who don’t know its significance, Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims as it is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan. During this month, Muslims do not consume any food or drinks between fajr and maghrib prayers (at dawn and sunset).

What is Iftar?

Iftar is when Muslims break their fast. This is done when the sun sets, at maghrib.

What do Muslims traditionally eat during Ramadan?

It is said the Prophet Mohammed would break his fast with a date and a glass of water before praying, then would have a light meal. Those observing Ramadan are advised to follow a similar pattern by eating something light, taking a break, then eating again. This stops people from overeating and avoids overwhelming the stomach. Every year doctors see hundreds of residents suffering from a condition that only surfaces during Ramadan – stomach cramps and bloated bellies. For this reason, doctors advise avoiding food that is high in fat, sugar and salt.

 

What is suhour? 

Suhour is when Muslims eat again before dawn. Many hotels offer suhour, which involves staying up late and eating into the early morning. All eating and drinking must stop at imsak, 10 minutes before dawn (fajr).

What happens after Ramadan?

On the eve of the 30th day of Ramadan, the moon-sighting committee will reconvene and begin searching for a glimpse of the new crescent moon. If they spot the new moon, the following morning will be announced as the first day of Shawwal – Eid Al Fitr.

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