/ (ˌræməˈdɑːn) /
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a variant spelling of Ramadan
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What is Rhamadhan?

Rhamadhan is a less common spelling of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which many Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day.

The word is also used to refer to this daily fast.

During Rhamadhan, Muslims who fast start the day by eating a meal, called suhoor, before sunrise. The fast is then broken every night after sunset with a meal called iftar. The strictness of the fast varies among Muslims, and not every Muslim fasts during the month. Children, elderly people, and people who have a health condition or are sick or pregnant are not required to fast, and often eat and drink during the day.

Along with the daily fast and other forms of abstinence, many Muslims observe Rhamadhan by praying, attending services at their mosque, trying to give up bad habits, and performing charitable acts.

The day after Rhamadhan ends, the festival known as Eid-al-fitr begins. Its name means “festival of the breaking of the fast.”

One traditional greeting for Rhamadhan is Rhamadhan Mubarak, roughly meaning “Happy Rhamadhan” or “Blessed Rhamadhan.”

When is Rhamadhan?

Rhamadhan always lasts either 29 or 30 days, because it’s based on the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar. Because of that, the dates during which it is observed vary from year to year.

What is the origin of Rhamadhan?

The first records of the spelling Rhamadhan in English come from the 1700s. The spelling Ramadan is older, coming from the 1500s. It comes from the Arabic word ramaḍān, literally meaning “the hot month,” from ramad, meaning “dryness.” However, Rhamadhan isn’t tied to a particular season. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar that consists of 354 days, so its 12 months slowly cycle through different seasons.

The tradition of fasting during Rhamadhan is done in commemoration of the story of the Qur’an (the sacred text of Islam) being revealed to the the Prophet Muhammad.

What are some terms that often get used in discussing Rhamadhan?

How is Rhamadhan discussed in real life?

The spelling Ramadan is much more commonly used. While it is a time of fasting, Muslims often look forward to it as a time of religious and cultural importance.

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Rhamadhan always lasts for 30 days.