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Ramadan Mubarak – Introduction into Ramadan

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For Muslims across the globe, these few weeks are a sacred time for worshipping Allah. They offer an opportunity for devotion, reflection and celebration of the mercy and love of Allah.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a month of intense spiritual rejuvenation with a heightened focus on devotion, during which Muslims spend extra time reading the Qur’an and performing special prayers.

What are the rules of Ramadan?

During Ramadan, Muslims don’t eat food or drink any liquids from sunrise to sunset. Those participating will usually wake up early to eat a big meal so that they won’t be hungry throughout the day. And those who don’t wake up early have a big dinner before going to bed.

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

Fasting was instituted in this month as one of the five pillars of Islam as a way for believers to show their thanks to God and reflect on the teachings of the Qur’an and its importance for believers.

When does Ramadan 2022 start?
  • Tue 5 April: 4.52am, 7.44pm
  • Wed 6 April: 4.50am, 7.45pm
  • Thu 7 April: 4.48am, 7.47pm
  • Fri 8 April: 4.46am, 7.49pm
  • Sat 9 April: 4.43am, 7.50pm
  • Sun 10 April: 4.41am, 7.52pm
  • Mon 11 April: 4.39am, 7.54pm
  • Tue 12 April: 4.37am, 7.55pm
  • Wed 13 April: 4.35am, 7.57pm
  • Thu 14 April: 4.32am, 7.59pm
  • Fri 15 April: 4.30am, 8.00pm
  • Sat 16 April: 4.28am, 8.02pm
  • Sun 17 April: 4.26am, 8.04pm
  • Mon 18 April: 4.23am, 8.05pm
  • Tue 19 April: 4.21am, 8.07pm
  • Wed 20 April: 4.19am, 8.09pm
  • Thu 21 April: 4.16am, 8.10pm
  • Fri 22 April: 4.14am, 8.12pm
  • Sat 23 April: 4.11am, 8.14pm
  • Sun 24 April: 4.08am, 8.15pm
  • Mon 25 April: 4.06am, 8.17pm
  • Tue 26 April: 4.04am, 8.19pm
  • Wed 27 April: 4.01am, 8.20pm
  • Thu 28 April: 4.00am, 8.22pm
  • Fri 29 April: 3.58am, 8.24pm
  • Sat 30 April: 3.55am, 8.25pm
  • Sun 1 May: 3.52am, 8.27pm

Because of the varying times of sunrise and sunset across the rest of the UK, it must be noted that there are variations in timing depending on location.

Fortunately, the charity Muslim Hands offers this following helpful guide to adjust the fasting timetable to apply to where you are:

UK variations relative to London (Time Fast Begins, Time Fast Ends)

  • Birmingham: (8 minutes later, 6 minutes later)
  • Bradford: (9 minutes later, 8 minutes later)
  • Cardiff: (13 minutes later, 12 minutes later)
  • Glasgow: (22 minutes later, 40 minutes later)
  • Leeds: (7 minutes later, 4 minutes later)
  • Liverpool: (12 minutes later, 9 minutes later)
  • Manchester: (10 minutes later, 7 minutes later)
  • Middlesbrough: (8 minutes later, 14 minutes later)
When is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr will be based on the moon sighting towards the end of Ramadan. This year’s prediction is most likely to be on Sunday, May 1st or Monday, May 2nd.

 

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