5 common myths about Ramadan debunked

Find out more about the holy month of Ramadan

Written by Liv Grady

April 22, 2021

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So Ramadan has officially started and it is an incredibly holy month for Mulsims across the world. Ramadan started on 12th April this year and will continue until the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Throughout the month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a sign of devotion to Allah. Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, charity, prayer and spending time with family.

Ramadan is seen as a chance for people to replenish their spirituality and bring themselves closer to god. Although it is easy to read and learn about Ramadan online, common myths seem to appear. We decided to debunk some of these statements.

Ramadan myths debunked

1. Ramadan is only about food and water

Wrong. Ramadan is about so much more than fasting, for Muslims is a month of charity, spirituality and family time.

2. Ramadan falls on the same dates every year

Wrong. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The exact dates of Ramadan change every year. This is because Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon.

3. Everybody has to fast

Wrong. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, however some people are exempt due to their health or personal reasons.These include the elderly, people who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating and people who are ill.

4. You can’t eat for the whole month

Wrong (sort of). Muslims fast throughout the day, but they can eat when the sun has gone down. They usually break the fast with a family meal called Iftar and have another meal before sunrise called suhoor.

5. Fasting is bad for your health

Wrong. Mulsims have been fasting for thousands of years and they practise the act in a safe and sustainable way. The Quran says that you should never do anything to sacrifice your health, so Muslims would not practise it otherwise.

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