DHAKA, May 28, 2017 (BSS) - The holy month of Ramadan began today in the country with religious fervour.
Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month, a time of restraint and austerity.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted the countrymen and all Muslims across the world with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.
In separate messages on the occasion of the fasting month, they prayed for the welfare of the country and the Muslim Ummah.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said the holy Ramadan is the month of self-restraint, self-rectification and obtaining forgiveness.
"As the Ramadan is the month of Rahmat (mercy), Barkat (blessing), Maghfirat (forgiveness) and Najat (salvation), it brings a unique opportunity of getting closer to Allah, attaining peace and forbearance," the President added.
Noting that the whole Muslim Ummah across the world observes the month with due religious fervour, Abdul Hamid said fasting helps establish cooperation, amity and brotherhood between the rich and the poor.
The President hoped that the people would be able to realize the significance of the holy Ramadan and the society would get rid of all sorts of darkness and superstition.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Ramadan is the month for purification of souls through sacrifices and it creates scopes for getting closer to the Almighty Allah.
She called upon all to be inspired with the teachings of the holy month of Ramadan and establish peace, amity, brotherhood and fraternity in personal and social lives, shunning luxury, malice, violence and conflicts.
The premier urged all to maintain sanctity of the Ramadan by showing the sense of proportion, patience and restraint in all spheres.
Ramadan, also known as Ramzan, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayers, fasting, giving to charity and religious devotion.
Fasting not only entails the elimination of food during the hours of sunlight, but also drinking (all beverages, including water), smoking, sex and "impure thoughts", which can include violence, sexual thoughts and curse words.
For non-Muslims, labourers or others who do not perform fasting for Ramadan, there are still food places available to eat.
However, street venders often cover their food areas with a large sheet so that others cannot see the customers eating. This is done out of respect for those fasting. Similarly, even for those not fasting, it is disrespectful to smoke or drink water in the street.
All government, semi-government and private offices has arranged new office schedule coinciding the special arrangements for iftar items for its officers, employees and staffs.
Islamic Foundation organised a month-long book fair on the south premises of Baitul Mukkaram mosque inaugurated today by Religious Minister Alhaj Principal Matiur Rahman.
Besides, IFB allocated Taka 27.5 lakh for the iftar at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque during the whole month.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)