During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and perform religious duties, such as reading the Quran.
All Muslims are required to fast, with the exception of children who have not reached puberty, the feeble elderly, the sick whose health is likely to be severely affected by fasting, expectant mothers, and women nursing their children.
Muslims wake up early in the morning to offer their prayers before sunrise. An important tradition of the day is sacrificing a goat in the name of God.
This is done to remember the sacrificial intentions of Abraham towards Allah.
Other practices observed include asking forgiveness from elders and visiting relatives and friends.
Visitations usually begin with the parents’ home, where it is a custom among many Muslims to ask forgiveness from their parents for the wrongs they have committed in the past year.According to the story, about 4,000 years ago, the valley of Mecca was an uninhabited place.After years of worship, Abraham and Hajra, his wife, were blessed with a son, whom they names Ishamel. In order to test the devotion of Abraham, God decided to command Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son Abraham.Thus, Ishamel was saved from sacrifice and instead, a ram was sacrificed in his place.This festival is a major festival for Muslims around the world.In 2005, Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa fell on 1 and 3 November respectively.The following year, Deepavali fell on 21 October and Hari Raya Puasa on 24 October.After much deliberation and many hindrances out forward by Satan, Abraham decided to sacrifice his son by placing him under the knife.However, just before he was about to sacrifice his son, God appeared, happy with Abraham's intentions.It is a time of forgiveness within the Muslim community and a time for strengthening of bonds among relatives and friends.New clothes, decorated houses and exchange of invitations between friends and relatives commemorate Hari Raya Puasa. On the morning of Hari Raya Puasa, to celebrate the end of the month-long fast, Muslims would visit the mosque and recite special prayers.