Take this Ramadan Quiz to find out how much you know about the holy month. We update the quiz regularly and it’s the most accurate among the other quizzes.
What exactly is the purpose of Ramadan?
For Muslims, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year; the Prophet Mohammed is said to have said, “When the month of Ramadan begins, the gates of heaven are opened, the gates of hell are closed, and the devils are chained.”
On a night known as “The Night of Power,” Muslims believe God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text, to Mohammed during this month (or Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic).
What is the process of fasting?
Fasting during Ramadan is one of Islam’s five pillars — or duties — along with faith testimony, prayer, charitable giving, and pilgrimage to Mecca. Every Muslim is required to participate each year, though there are exceptions for those who are ill, pregnant or nursing, menstruating, or traveling, as well as young children and the elderly.
Fasting serves several spiritual and social purposes: it reminds you of your human frailty and your reliance on God for sustenance, and it shows you what it feels like to be hungry and thirsty so you feel compassion for (and a duty to help) the poor and needy, and it reduces life’s distractions so you can focus more clearly on your relationship with God.
Muslims fast from dawn to sunset during Ramadan, refraining from eating any food, drinking any liquids, smoking cigarettes, or engaging in any sexual activity. This includes medication (even if you swallow a pill dry, without drinking any water). Chewing gum is also forbidden (something I didn’t realize until about halfway through my first Ramadan after converting — oops).
What is a typical Ramadan day like?
During Ramadan, Muslims rise early to eat the first meal of the day, which must last until sunset. This entails eating a lot of high-protein foods and drinking as much water as you can until dawn when you can’t eat or drink anything. Also, you must try to play this Ramadan Quiz.
We say the morning prayer at sunrise. Because it’s still early, many people go back to sleep for a while before getting ready for the day (I certainly do).
Muslims are not supposed to skip work, school, or any other normal responsibilities during the day simply because they are fasting. However, in many Muslim countries, businesses and schools may reduce or close their doors during the day. Despite not being able to eat or drink anything for the entire day, most Muslims go about their daily lives as we would.
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So, do you shed pounds during Ramadan?
Some of you may be wondering, “That sounds like a fantastic way to lose weight! I’m going to give it a shot!” Ramadan, on the other hand, is notorious for causing weight gain. That’s because eating large meals early in the morning and late at night, followed by a long period of low activity bordering on lethargy, can wreak havoc on your metabolism.
According to one meta-analysis of scientific studies on the effects of Ramadan fasting on body weight, “[w]eight changes occurred during Ramadan that was mostly reversed after Ramadan, gradually returning to pre-Ramadan status. Ramadan presents an opportunity to lose weight but structured and consistent lifestyle changes are required to achieve long-term weight loss.” [Italics added by me.]
As with any other extreme diet plan, you may lose a few pounds, but unless you make “structured and consistent lifestyle modifications,” you’re unlikely to see major, long-term results.
Why do Ramadan dates change every year?
In religious matters, Muslims adhere to a lunar calendar, which is based on the phases of the moon and has 12 months totaling approximately 354 days. That is 11 days less than the standard Gregorian calendar’s 365 days. As a result, the Islamic lunar calendar advances by approximately 11 days each year in comparison to the Gregorian calendar.
As a result, the first day of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, moves backward by about 11 days each year.
This has a significant impact on how people experience Ramadan year after year. When Ramadan falls in the winter, it’s much easier to fast: the days are shorter, so you don’t have to fast as long, and the weather is colder, so not being able to drink water all day isn’t as bad because you’re not sweating as much.