With the month of Ramadan having already begun on 6th June 2016, we take you through all the details about what this special period for Muslims all over the world, is all about. Ramadan is the name of the ninth month in the Hijri (Islamic lunar calendar). It is considered the holiest of all months and is derived from the Arabic word ramida or ar- ramad, meaning a fierce, burning heat. It is a sacred month in the Muslim year, that commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran, which is the religious text of Muslims. It was said to be revealed by the angel Gabriel to the Prophet Mohammed. Eid would be falling around 6th to 8th July 2016.
The main purpose of the month of Ramadan is the Sawm (fast), where believers are expected to refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for the entire month. Sawm, through the self-discipline it induces, is performed to burn away all sins. Apart from abstinence from eating and drinking, the faithful are also expected to refrain from smoking, sexual relations, slandering, lying, greed, covetousness, etc. While these are sins all year round, to commit them during the holy month is considered particularly sinful.
After sunset, the fast may be broken. This is then succeeded by a series of prayers – Maghrib Salah (after sunset prayer), Isha Salah (night prayer) and a special night prayer called Taraweeh, which is performed by a Hafiz (a person who has the whole of the Quran memorized in Arabic), by reciting passages from the Quran.
I’tekaf is the practice of secluding oneself in the neighborhood Masjid and performing of all the regular practices in order to get closer to God. The only difference is that people choosing I’tekaf have to do so in total seclusion. I’tekaf ends with the end of Ramadan. Not all are required to fast, children before the onset of puberty are exempted, while those with medical conditions or those traveling are also exempted, but required to resume and complete their fast whenever they are able to do so. Anybody who breaks the fast or indulges in any other prohibited activity is subject to a penalty. The penalty may take the form of an extra 60 days of fasting or feeding 60 people in need or freeing a slave (which is not common in present times).
Ramadan ends on the first day of the tenth month, which is called Shawwal falling on the 7th of July. This day marks the beginning of the three-day celebration called Eid-al-Fitr (festival of breaking fast), a joyous occasion during which believers attend mosques, give gifts to everyone as well as visit friends and family.
During these Eid celebrations, clothes to have their own place of importance, with Muslims choosing their best outfits to wear. Traditional styles are what constitute most of Eid fashion. The most preferred attire for Eid is a Designer Salwar Suit or a floor length Anarkali with intricate embroidery in vivacious hues. The soft hues and embroidered patterns look elegant and can be perfect attire for Eid prayer and the evening celebration. These floor-sweeping hemlines adorned with lustrous embellishments and intricate embroidery were made for you to stroll through Eid in style.
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Buying Eid festive wear online, from reputed websites like Cbazaar.com, which has vast and varied collections of Eid styles ranging from the more traditional Abayas, Hijabs, etc to other ethnic Indian styles like Sarees, Salwars, Lehengas, Pant Suits and Anarkalis among others, is probably one of the best options to dress well for Eid.