Ramadan – 12th April to 12th May 2021
Ramadan remembers the month the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday 12th April 2021, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca. Lasting for 30 days, Ramadan will end on Tuesday 11th May 2021, with the celebratory days of Eid al-Fitr starting on Wednesday 12th May 2021 or Thursday 13th May 2021.
Fasting is a key part of Ramadan and all adults of able body and sound mind are encouraged to fast during this Holy time. Fasting allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith. It teaches self-discipline and reminds them of the suffering of the poor. Fasting takes place every day from sunrise to sunset. Every morning before dawn, those fasting enjoy a meal called ‘Suhur’. In the evening, it is traditional to break the fast with a joyous meal, ‘Iftar’, with family or the community.
During Ramadan, studying the Quran, donating money to the poor, and committing more time to prayers are encouraged.
On the first day of Ramadan it is customary to wish someone a ‘Happy Ramadan’ by saying ‘Ramadan Mubarak’. Alternatively, you can say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ which translates into ‘Have a generous Ramadan’.