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10 Interesting Facts about Ramadan


Ramadan is not just holy day; it's an entire holy month. Learn why this month of fasting and prayer is important to Muslims with these interesting Ramadan facts.

Title: 10 Interesting Facts about Ramadan

1. Of the 7 billion people in the world, 22% (1.6 billion) fast during Ramadan, making it one of the largest group fasts in the world.

2. The word "Ramadan" is from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness. This is because Ramadan typically takes place during the summer.

3. Traditionally, if a Muslim has sexual intercourse during Ramadan, they must pay recompense by fasting for 60 continuous days or feeding 60 poor people.

4. Muslims are traditionally not allowed to chew gum during Ramadan.

5. In Muslim-majority countries, traffic accidents increase during Ramadan due to fasting-related drowsiness and lack of concentration.

6. Muslim wives spend twice as much time cooking during Ramadan than they do any other time of year.
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7. While Ramadan means a month of fasting, dieticians actually see an increase in diabetes cases and weight-gain due to overeating once the sun goes down.

8. Muslims usually eat a date to break their Ramadan fast because it is thought that Muhammad did the same.

9. In 1805, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson held the first White House dinner with a Muslim, Sidi Soliman Mellimelliin. Jefferson adjusted the timing of the meal to “precisely at sunset” to accommodate for Ramadan.

10. Around the world, many Muslims often break their Ramadan fast with the homeless, in what has been dubbed “feed it forward.”

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