Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Ramadan - A Muslim period of daytime fasting and contemplation
which lasts for a lunar month of about 28 days. It commemorates
the transmission of the Qur'an by the archangel Gabriel to
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar; the month of fasting;
the holiest period for the Islamic faith.
The ninth month of the Muslim year, during which one fasts
from sunrise to sunset, not only from food, drink and sexual
relations, but also from impure thoughts and harsh actions.
Similar to Lent in the Christian tradition, it is a time of
intense introspection and reaffirmation of one's faith. In
Islam, this fast, Siyam, is one of the Five Pillars of Faith.