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Ramadan 2023

What is Ramadan? Ramadan lasts for a whole month and is observed by Muslims. During this time, Muslims will not…

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan lasts for a whole month and is observed by Muslims.

During this time, Muslims will not eat or drink during daylight hours, known as fasting.

However, not everyone is expected to fast, for instance, children are not required to fast until they reach puberty, usually around the age of 14. Also, pregnant women, elderly people and those who are ill or travelling don’t have to fast.

Ramadan remembers the month the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an is the Muslim Holy Book.

The specific night the Qur’an was revealed is referred to as the Lailut ul-Qadr (‘The Night of Power’).

When is Ramadan?

This year Ramadan is expected to begin on March 22nd or 23rd, depending upon the moon sighting, and will end after 30 days, therefore the 21st or 22nd of April.

The exact dates of Ramadan change every year, but Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This is because Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon.

How is Ramadan celebrated?

Fasting allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith, and fasting usually occurs between dawn and sunset.

It is thought to teach self-discipline and acts as a reminder of the suffering of the poor.

During Ramadan, it is typical to have one meal, known as the suhoor, just before dawn and another, called the iftar, directly after sunset.

Almost all Muslims try to give up bad habits during Ramadan, this time is also important for prayer, good deeds, and spending time with family and friends.

It is also common for the whole of the Qur’an at least once during Ramadan, and special services in Mosques are held during Ramadan when the Qur’an is read.

Eid ul-Fitr

The end of Ramadan is celebrated by an event known as ‘Eid ul-Fitr‘ which translates to the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.

This celebrates the end of fasting, but also thanking and recognising Allah for the strength he gave throughout the previous month.

Mosques hold special services and a special meal is eaten during daytime (the first daytime meal for a month).

During Eid ul-Fitr it is common for Muslims to wear their finest clothes, give children gifts, spend time with their friends and family, and give money to charity.

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