We hope to clear certain misconceptions and questions readers may have regarding Hari Raya Puasa.
It's Hari Raya Puasa today! Our Muslim friends must be busy preparing a scrumptious and mouth-watering feast of Lontong, Ayam Masak Merah, Beef Rendang, Ketupat and Kueh. Yum!
But, apart from the delectable dishes Singaporeans get to taste during the joyful occasion, how much do we all really know about Hari Raya Puasa?
Here are 8 things that we should all know about the festival to join in the celebrations with our Muslim friends and neighbours.
Why is Hari Raya Puasa celebrated?
Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of a month of fasting for Muslims. It is a day of joyous celebrations. Some think that Hari Raya Puasa is the Muslim New Year but that is not true!
Just what exactly does ‘Ramadan’ mean?
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a month of fasting for Muslims. During fasting, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activities from dawn till dusk.
Ramadan is considered a very auspicious month in the Islamic calendar as it is believed that Prophet Mohammed received the first verses of the Qur’an during this month.
Why do Muslims fast?
Muslims fast to appreciate what God has bestowed upon them. Through fasting, they believe that one learns self-control and develops empathy towards what the poor undergo on a daily basis. Fasting is an important religious duty in Islam.
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