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Ramadan: Lent is now for Muslims
The Islamic month of fasting Ramadan began on Tuesday. For more than 1.5 billion people, this means one month of abstinence and fasting.
17.5 hours a day without food and drink Since Tuesday, hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world have been fasting from sunrise to sunset. The fasting month of Ramadan, called Ramazan in Turkish, is considered a holy month in their religion, Islam. In Ramadan, which lasts 29 and 30 days, believers are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke, have sexual intercourse or indulge in other worldly delights during the day. Ramadan is based on the Islamic lunar calendar and therefore shifts by ten days each year. That is why believers must fast 17.5 hours a day this year.
Fasting has a positive effect During Ramadan, all Muslims are obliged to spend the days fasting, except for the sick, pregnant women and children who have not yet reached puberty. From a medical perspective, positive effects from fasting or therapeutic fasting are considered to be proven. Lent has a detoxifying effect on the body and can also promote endurance, patience and self-control. However, those who are fasting should pay special attention to the signals from their bodies, since depending on their physical constitution they may experience circulatory problems and a drop in blood pressure.
Fasting ban on “sugar festival” In contrast to the general understanding of fasting, Muslims do not completely refrain from eating during Ramadan, but use the evening hours after sunset and the time before dawn to supply the body with essential nutrients. Ramadan is also considered the time for alms and donations. It should also contribute to a stronger feeling of solidarity towards the poor and those in need. The highlight of Ramadan is the big festival after the fasting month, which lasts for three days and is wrongly referred to as the “sugar festival” in Germany. Muslims are not allowed to fast at this festival, which will last from August 8-10 this year. Ramadan 2013 ends on Wednesday, August 7th. (ad)
Health benefits of Ramadan fasting
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