Ramadan 2022 – 1st April – 1st May 2022
Ramadan remembers the month the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
Ramadan will begin on Friday 1st April 2022, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca. Lasting for 30 days, Ramadan will end on Sunday 1st May 2022, with the celebratory day of Eid al-Fitr taking place on Monday 2nd May.
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’.