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Coimbatore

Muslims into Eid celebrations after month-long fast

Senthilkumar.K

Coimbatore: Ramadan is the holy month where the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago.During the month Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. This is to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate, Imams said.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and some performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.In Muslim-majority countries, offices are required by law to reduce working hours, and many restaurants are closed during daylight hours.”Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem” are common greetings exchanged during this time.

M Sulaiman, Imam of the Karumpukadai mosque, told The Covai Post that last year, fasting hours across the world ranged between 10 and 21 hours. ”At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which in Arabic means ‘festival of breaking the fast’. Depending on the actual start date of Ramadan and the new moon sighting on the 29th night of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr falls on Friday.”

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It is a month of self-discipline and empathy for the poor. It is the month the holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad on the night of Laylat al-Qadr, one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. Millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting every day for a month, refraining from eating, drinking (yes, even water) and smoking from sunrise to sunset,” he adds.

Mohammad Shariff (25), an employee in a private organisation, said, the end of Ramadan is ushered in by Eid al-Fitr, a one to three-day celebration abounding with culinary treats, including sweet dishes like baklava and sheer khurma, as well as more savory roti john and beef rendang.

It is common to experience unusual fatigue and dehydration when fasting. Muslims have come up with a guide featuring tips to support the well being of those who fast and to help them retain as much energy as possible throughout the day.

Experts also highlighted the importance of diversifying food intake to get the proper nutrients.”Fruits and vegetables, those are going to provide you with minerals you’ve missed out on,” said Dr G Sivasankari, a nutritionist at KG Hospital Coimbatore. Taking vitamins is unnecessary if people return to a healthy diet after Eid, she said.

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