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Muslim faithful observe the Holy month of fasting, starting today


By Eratus Ndueh

Millions of Muslim faithful in Cameroon have begun observing the Holy month of Ramadan all over the national territory. The month of Ramadan is of immense significance to Muslims all over the world. It is a period of intense spiritual devotion and self-reflection.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and it’s considered the holiest month for Muslims as it commemorates the revelation of the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

‘Ramadan is the month in which one of the five pillars of Islam in fasting is usually accomplished. it was during the month of Ramadan that the Quran was revealed to prophet Mohammad,’ explained Aladji Mohammed Aboubakar the chief Imam of the Buea Central Mosque.

Also, ‘fasting has been prescribed by Allah during Ramadan. it’s essential and significant as it embodies all aspects of the Muslim person.’ He added.

It is more broadly interpreted as the obligation to refrain between dawn and dusk from food, drink, sexual activity, and all forms of immoral behavio
r, including impure or unkind thoughts.

Moreover, the month of Ramadan is a unique moment as it comes with a lot of benefits. One of them is the possibility of getting his/her sins forgiven by Allah.

‘The month of Ramadan comes with lots of enthusiasm, people are highly spiritual as they expect to have their sins forgiven. During this period we will have some exceptional prayers which are observed only in the month of Ramadan. Imams always lead the prayers and those who are knowledgeable in the recitation of the Quran know as nightly prayers,’ expounded the chief Imam of Buea.

Apart from prayers, the month of Ramadan is also rich in lesson sharing as it teaches Muslims to follow the footsteps of the prophet Mohammad who taught and practiced generosity.

According to the Imam, after the sunset prayer, Muslims gather in their homes or mosques to break their fast with a meal called if?ar that is often shared with friends and extended families. The if?ar usually begins with dates, as was the custom of Muhammad
.

At the end of the Ramadan fast Muslims celebrate what is known as Eid al-Fitr, the ‘Feast of Fast-Breaking,’ which is one of the two major religious holidays of the Muslim calendar.

Source: Cameroon News Agency