Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. While fasting from dawn to sunset is obligatory for adult Muslims those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding are exempt. Here you can find a compilation of all DW content referring to Ramadan.
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We’re around half way through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when followers around the world engage in spiritual reflection and charitable acts. They are also expected to fast every day between sunrise and sunset. But what happens if the sun never sets where you live? Lars Bevanger has this postcard from Norway.