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Ramadan 2024

As we get closer to the holy month of Ramadan, it is important that we familiarise ourselves with a period that is celebrated by millions of Muslims worldwide. During this time, Muslims observe a period of fasting, but it is also a time to focus on spirituality, community and self-reflection.

Our blog will explore the significance of Ramadan, its traditions and answer common questions about this period of time.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri year and is considered the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. It is also one of the five pillars of Islam and is celebrated as the month that the verses of the Quran were shown to the Prophet Muhammad.

When does Ramadan Start?

The start date and duration of Ramadan varies each year, as it is decided by the Islamic lunar calendar, so it depends on the sightings of the moon and your location. Ramadan begins with the first crescent of the new moon and the following new moon marks the beginning of Shawal.

In 2024, Ramadan in the UK is predicted to start on the evening of Sunday 10th March and end on the evening of Monday 9th April, however this is subject to change depending on the moon sightings. 

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How is Ramadan Celebrated?

The primary tradition of Ramadan is fasting, which is known as “Sawm.” This fast is broken by Iftar, which typically consists of dates to mirror how Prophet Mohammed broke his fast and is a meal eaten after sundown. There is also a pre-dawn meal called Suhoor that is eaten before each fast.

Other practices include reciting the Quran, giving to charity, completing good deeds and dua, and performing Salah. During Ramadan, Muslims also abstain from drinking, smoking and any other negative behaviours.

Is Anyone Exempt From Fasting During Ramadan?

There are various circumstances that mean people can be excused from fasting during Ramadan, as Islam recognises the needs and challenges its followers face. For example, anyone with chronic illnesses, mental health concerns, pregnant, menstruating or breastfeeding women, or anyone with health conditions that could be worsened by avoiding food or drink are advised not to fast. 

Children are not obliged to fast until they have reached puberty, and the elderly are also exempt to maintain their wellbeing. Although children do not have to fast, Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to engage in other Ramadan traditions to learn about the importance of this holy month to prepare them for the future. 

As Islam’s teachings acknowledge the challenges of a fast while travelling, anyone undertaking significant journeys are exempt from fasting to emphasise the importance of convenience and practicality.

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