Originally posted by rahmona_pakswe
Would like to add a few things regarding Ramadan.
Fasting has no meaning unless it's done from your heart, soul and mind. Only staying hungry does not please Allah, you have to pray and read Quran as much as possible during the Holy month. The purpose is getting a good routine which you should continue even after Ramadan finishes like getting up in the middle of the night sacrifising your sleep to say prayers.
How is fasting done? Well I can only speak for what I was taught. Getting up before dusk and say prayers, then have something to eat and then say morning prayers (Fajr) preferably in the Mosque but if not at home is fine. This procedure should be finished before sunrise. Then try to read a few pages from Quran as reading it in the morning gives more blessings. After that if there is time and possibility catch some sleep but people who go to school and work can't always do that.
Through out the day a fasting person should divert attention from worldly matters and focus more on Allah, spirituality and saying your prayers. 11 months of the year we spend on ourselves so one month of the year we should sacrifice in the name of Allah.
In the evening, after sunset, the fast should be broken with water or dates (there are a few other food items that can be used but these two are most common). If you can withstand hunger say your evening prayers (Maghrib) then eat a full meal. After that, once again if possible go to Mosque and say your night prayer (Isha) + added Taraweeh prayers which are only read during Ramadan.
A believing Muslim should finish reading the entire Quran during the Holy Month. Not always an easy task but it's possible with a little hard work.
One thing should be remembered...children, elderly, sick, travelling people should not fast. Also pregnant ladies or those who have their monthly should not either fast.
Hopefully I managed to explain without complicating too much.
Thank you that is v well described. Do you know why women having their monthly should not fast?