August 1st, 2011
11:15 AM ET

Explain it to me: Ramadan

No food? No drinking? No sex? It's the Muslim month of Ramadan. CNN Religion Editor Dan Gilgoff explains.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Muslim • Ramadan

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  1. eva knight

    I have been married to a muslim for 7 years and from my experience ramadan is just for show..because the ones I know who practice it, still smoke, have tattoos drink have adlutress affairs and lie. .http://ghazalibrothersinternationaldating.blogspot.com/.....my story spread it around

    August 6, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  2. Err

    muslims already don't drink- has nothing to do with Ramadan

    August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Avik

      No drinking means no fluids. that includes water, juice or any liquid. During daytime.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  3. satudarah

    Mr muhammed said " If you see hi'lal (the moon on its reach the star) then you must celebrate ramadhan month". The problem is hi'lal only can be seen on arabian, and south part of world globe. Means that if you live in Europe and American continent, you don't have too celebrate it.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:33 am |
    • Avik

      I am sorry, but thats not true. Every country or region has a religious organization who determines when Ramadan is, and because it is a must for all Muslims, it has to be followed.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  4. Kyle

    Jesus said in Luke 6:45
    A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

    Jesus said in John 13:34-35
    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    Please be mindful for what you say.

    I'm not a christian because what I say, I'm christian because I love Jesus Christ for what he did for me on the cross.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • fred

      Good reminder Kyle. Thanks

      August 3, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • sam

      when u say u love Jesus because of what he did for u on the cross because he "paid for your sins and died for you" dont u think thats just a way for u to committ sins and just say Jesus already sacraficed himself for me. dont you think thats just an easy way out so man cannot be accountable of what he committed of sins. if u REALLY love Jesus you will follow him and what he commanded which is WORSHIP ONE GOD. not him not the angels not the father son and spirit which doesnt make sense cant be three in one not anything else but the messege He came with and the messege all the Prophets came with which was Worship and turn to The One True God. The Lord of Jeses Moses Abraham Noah and Mohammed. This is Islam worshipping One God and believing in the Prophets and Messengers Jesus Abraham Noah Moses Mohammed and many more they all came with the same messege

      August 3, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • Jim Roushey

      Kyle, from which bible are your quotes? They seem to be different words from the bible I am using. Were these the words from Jesus mouth? Or were they translated several times from the original language of Jesus, Aramaic? If you believe any one of the many bibles is the word of God then I respect that you believe that.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:31 am |
    • Reality

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would do or say?

      August 3, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Kyle


      Galatians 1:6, 7 NLT
      I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ.t You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

      Jesus said in John 11:25, 26 NLT
      “I am the resurrection and the life.t Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

      Isaiah 53:5 NIV
      But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • LevelHeaded

      Jesus taught we should worship God, not an idol.. Yet, Christians are only reading the verses they like...

      Read this instead and accept the truth that Muslims already know and accept along with Jesus:

      Deuteronomy 6:13
      13:Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

      Luke 4:8
      8:And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

      Matthew 7:21-23
      21:Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
      22:Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
      23:And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Kyle


      Jesus is no idol. He is the Son of God!

      Read this instead and accept the truth that Christians already know and accept. Muslims deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ

      John 3:16-21 NLT
      Jesus said “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

      August 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  5. John


    August 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
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      TROLL ALERT – this is complete garbage don't waste your time, click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll.

      August 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  6. RightTurnClyde

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    August 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  7. AndyMandy

    Happy Ramadan to all the Muslims! May this month increase our faith and make us better people than we were before. Amin

    August 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Frogist

      @AndyMandy: Ramadan Mubarak! Becoming better people than we were before is something everyone can get behind.

      August 3, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  8. irnflwr

    I personally never had anything against islam or muslims ..... UNTIL I dated a few. NOT very nice to women or children or americans.... but they want to live breath and eat off our countries platter! Stupid Americans are setting themselves up with embracing or being "fair"..... exactly what they want u to do.......then they will overrun, .....JUst like they wanted to. Idiot americans.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Fact-telling

      @Irn-, no worries. Muslims can't have America since it already belongs to China.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Fact-telling

      Yes, I really had no thought about American atheists before until I read their comments in CNN. I know how you feel.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Myfairlady

      Just so you know, dating isn't allowed in Islam. You probably don't have the best example of a Muslim in front of you. Muslims are instructed to be kind and courteous to everyone, ESPECIALLY children. I'd really urge you to go out and speak to Muslims who practice their faith the way it should be practiced. Just because I met one Christian that isn't the nicest person does NOT mean they are all like that. Please use your better judgment.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • AGuest9

      China? Thought it was already annexed by Mexico?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Hindu Speaks

    Here is what Koran (Book of Terrorism) speaks....

    Sura (chapter) 8 Verse 12
    Terrorise the mind of infidals (kafirs), Behead them and break their limbs.

    Sura (chapter) 8 Verse 37
    Fight them so long idol worship does not end and Allah's religion not loved by all.

    Sura (chapter) 9 Verse 4
    When the holy month ends, gherao (surround) the idol worshippers, wherever found, and attack them.

    (from translation of 315, 317, 321 pages of Koran by N. J. Dawood)

    Under these very instructions they killed Guru Teg Bahadur. Guru Arjun Dev was burnt alive to death when hot sand was thrown on him. Sambhaji's limbs were cut into pieces and in our lifetime Swami Shradanand and other lakhs of Hindus and Sikhs were massacred. Despite these facts it would be like living in a fool's paradise and an indication of lack of understanding of the Muslim mind if it is believed that today's Muslim generation is different from its ancestors. Muslims have religiously followed the above mentioned directions. And we have been, according to Prof. Madhok, behaving like the proverbial monkey "do not see evil, do not hear the evil, do not speak ill".

    Prof Madhok in the same book says that Islam is not a religion but a political strength because its activities are not limited only to the worship of God. Its aim is to grab political power and to establish Islamic state. Beyond it Islam does not believe in the co-existence with people of different faiths. It cannot be expected of any true Muslim to be loyal to any non- Muslim nation. They have been told to fight till they establish an Islamic state.

    Mr. B.N. Jog has the same thing to say on page 51 of his book "Hindu-Muslim Unity." According to him the Koran has said that he who is not a Muslim is an infidal (kafir). How to deal with these infidals ? Koran has made a mention of it in clear and measured words.

    "Kill an infidel wherever he is found. Evil practices and miseries spread because of them. It is better to kill them than have anarchy. Therefore, kill kafirs, but those who supplicate and seek protection and pledge to obey the dictates of Allah be spared. Do not have enemity with them. Fight infidals around you. Let them understand how merciless you are. And keep it in mind that those who fear God and obey Him Allah resides in them."
    (Koran, Sura 9, Verse 25)

    He quotes Koran and writes: Those who are diseased, thereby meaning who do not accept Allah, are the reason for the spread of faithlessness everywhere. But God wants to punish them through you. You have to keep the fight against them. They are to be killed. Fighting them may not be interesting still you have to fight. It can be that anything that does not interest you may be beneficial for you. Contrary to this, you may wish for something, or you may be in possession of something which may not be beneficial for you. You cannot understand it. Whatever is good or bad for you, only Allah can know it.
    (Thus kill them as you have been directed)
    (Koran: Sura 33 Verse 60 to 65)

    "Punish the kafirs. Kill them. First tell them to adopt Islam, if they do not accept Islam, kill them. Slay them wherever they are found."
    (Koran: Sura 4 Verse 90 to 95)

    "Slay them or sell them as slaves."
    (Koran: Chapter 5, Verse 30 to 35)

    August 2, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • Taken aback

      Wow, quoting out of context!!! And you can copy and paste with the best of them!

      August 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Read the book. No, don't read it, you're taking it out of context.

      Please make up your minds. Does it tell you to kill everyone not like you, or not?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • someone

      No good responses to hindu speaks, huh??

      August 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  10. SecularBelief

    Ramadan is the month in which Muslims are taught the suffering of the poor and thus they gain empathy and understanding .Where excess of anything-Food,Money etc builds discord and during this month Muslims learn to make do with less and overcome greed and materialistic desires.For all those communal haters-Islam is a wonderful religion,one of its pillars is "Zakah" or charity and Muslims are amongst the most charitable people the world has ever seen.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:57 am |
    • Fidei Coticula Crux

      SecularBelief: “Muslims are amongst the most charitable people the world has ever seen.”

      I would have to disagree with you on that one. Muslims are obligated to give 2.5 percent of their incomes, AFTER EXCLUDING OUTSTANDING DEBTS. Zakah is paid on the NET BALANCE after paying personal expenses, family expenses, due credits, taxes, etc.

      When you compare that with what Christians give, (which is a minimum of 10% of their GROSS INCOME before they pay their personal expenses, family expenses, due credits, taxes, etc.), Christians are more charitable than Muslims.

      August 2, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • youreallstupid

      When Christians fast the way muslims do in Ramadan...then come talk to me. Illiterate people.

      August 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Fidei Coticula Crux


      When you can debate without being rude and going on a personal attack, then you can come talk to me.

      August 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  11. Avser Bastian

    GOVERNMENT "AFTERLIFE" FLASH MOB OR REAL SHOOTING IN UTOYA, NORWAY !!? stateofterror.blogspot.com/ or stateofterror.wordpress.com/ TEARS OF SORROW AND PAIN ON FACES OF MOURNERS OR TEAR GAS AND THEATER/HYPOCRISY ON FACES OF MULTICULTURALISM MANIACS !!? NORWEGIAN OSLO POLICE or COMMUNIST/LIBERAL CRIMINALS IN BLUE UNIFORMS WHO WERE PREPARING FOR TERROR AGAINST NORWAY ALREADY HALF DECADE AHEAD !!? No doubt about bombing in Oslo, but what about shooting in Utoya which was no different from the one in Arizona !!!? WILL THERE BE OBAMINATOR MORALES'S APOCALYPSE NOW OR TOTAL WAR AGAINST NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism) !!? STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK(90 minutes vs 30 and for government vehicles or police even 20 minutes the most) !!!

    DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/

    COMMUNISM(Slowenien/Slovenia) IN CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE TODAY(2011) !!! http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com or http://easterneuropetoday.wordpress.com/

    August 2, 2011 at 4:40 am |
  12. Bonita

    Ramadan must be the source of strength of Islam. If we eat or do whatever we want whenver and wherever, humans become meaningless, corrupt and stupid. I just hope this time will not be used by Muslims as an execuse to give infidels yet another hard time. May many Muslims find Jesus as their Divine Savior during Ramadan.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:20 am |
    • AndyMandy

      The devine saviour if God, Jesus is a prophet and a human being. How can you confuse God who created all mankind, to Jesus, who is a creation of God?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • AGuest9

      It's simple, because god, the son and the spirit are all the same. Or, something like that.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Bonita

      @Andy: Jesus is God. The Bible says so.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • *SIGH*

      So men nailed god to some wood and laid the smackdown on him? I think I'd rather worship men instead of god since men can kill god!

      August 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  13. Kathryn

    It was Jesus Christ who was sent from God. In His short 33 years here, on Earth, it was He who healed the sick, rose the dead and died for all man kind and their sins, not Allah! Praise Jesus Christ, for he is The Lord and Savior, Amen!

    August 2, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • WesH

      It was Santa Clause who was sent from God. In his short 33 years here, on Earth, it was He who healed the sick, rose the dead and died for all man kind and their sins, not Allah! Praise Santa Clause, for He is The Lord and Savior, merry Christmas!

      See the problem with your logic?

      August 2, 2011 at 3:17 am |
    • Arthur

      Shame on you . poor ignorant !

      August 2, 2011 at 4:11 am |
    • Arthur

      Kathryn, may I have your phone number. I think you can teach me how to be i nice IDIOT just like you are ...!

      August 2, 2011 at 4:17 am |
    • @WesH

      Shame on you, evil ignorant!

      August 2, 2011 at 4:22 am |
    • bridgmjm


      August 2, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • AGuest9


      Let's get ready to RUMBLE!

      August 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • You know

      AGuest9 – You know that the WWW is all fake too....

      August 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • You know

      Oops that was suppose to be WWWF is all fake...

      August 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • AGuest9

      @You Know – so glad you caught that segue.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • LevelHeaded

      Allah, God, and Yahweh are all the same names, just different languages..

      This is what the Bible says and what Muslim's believe as well. Pay attention to what you are reading, and don't just repeat what you memorize in Church.

      Deuteronomy 6:13
      13:Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

      Luke 4:8
      8:And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

      Matthew 7:21-23
      21:Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
      22:Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
      23:And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      August 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  14. algowar

    owh, n try have a look at he economy effect n health effect of Ramadhan
    it did suprised me when i first knew it. i dont know bout u guys out there 🙂

    August 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  15. algowar

    Ramadhan is not just about fasting and being pious as so i was understood. It is also a month to be understanding. Understand the suffers of others who are less fortunate, thus we give more to them. Understand the outcome of too much spending for our own self during other months. It in a way make us standing in one status as a human ignoring ur wealth n social position.
    Ramadhan is followed by Eid to congratulate the muslims. a one day celebration where muslims are encourage to njoy in a good way i.e share wealth and happiness with others, visits, praying, remembrance of Allah

    August 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm |

    "...if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Tumper: "...Yes Mother, but look at what all those people are saying..." T's M: "Yes, but you are not one of them, now just be nice." T: "Yes, Mama, I guess they'er just a bunch of bas______s." M: "THUMPER!"

    August 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  17. Mohammed

    [The Prophet] (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam) said: He who fasts Ramadan believing in Allah and hoping for His reward, Allah will forgive what has proceeded from his sins. He who stands in prayer in the month of Ramadan believing in Allah and hoping for His reward, Allah will forgive what has proceeded from his sins. And He who stands in prayer on the 'Night of Power' believing in Allah and hoping for His reward, Allah will forgive what has proceeded from his sins. [Bukhari and Muslim]

    August 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  18. Reality

    A refrigerator door sign for all Muslims:



    August 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • The believer

      For your knowledge Christians have killed more Jews and Muslims in whole of history who is biggest terrorist Christians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Romans killed Jesus and then became christians

      August 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      No think atheists,disbelievers,pagans even killed more than the 3 Abrahamic religions...but they keep no records like us because the are scattered minorities...how much the communists killed in Russia or in China or Vietnam or Eastern Europe and now N.Korean Penisular...?! Other than Germany and Italy...!? No is counting for those?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Fact-telling

      @The Believer, you mean more Christians were killed by the Jews and Muslims. Muneef is right. No group comes close to atheists in massacring millions upon millions for all time everywhere.

      August 2, 2011 at 5:13 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

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      August 2, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank <<<Death Toll <Cause <<Centuries<<<Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      August 2, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • pfeffernusse

      Muneef and Fact-Telling, I just KNOW you have stats to back up your claims. Until you produce those, you are lying or delusional.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  19. Aishah Adebisi*

    We muslim, fast during Ramahdan because Allah prescribe it to the muslims as it was prescribe to those before us, so that we might be pious and again Fasting during Ramahdan is among the Pillars of Islam. For more Understanding Read Quran 2 verse 183 to 187.

    August 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • derp

      "We muslim, fast during Ramahda"

      Are you slow the rest of the year?

      Get it, fast.....slow?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  20. Hossam

    Thanks CNN for educating people, if they know they will stop the hate

    August 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      If they know what?

      August 2, 2011 at 1:26 am |
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