01 March 2024

Alhamdulillah! The blessed month of Ramadan is upon us once again! For Muslims across the globe, these few weeks are a sacred time for worshipping Allah (SWT). They offer an opportunity for devotion, reflection and celebration of the mercy and love of Allah (SWT).

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. Healthy adult Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during the holy month.

When does Ramadan start?

As the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, the Holy month of Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year. Ramadan officially begins when the month of Shaban, the eighth month of the Islamic (Hijri) calendar, ends. This year, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday 11 March, depending on the sighting of the moon.

When does Ramadan end?

Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration officially marks the end of Ramadan. The exact timing is based on the sighting of the moon. Eid al-Fitr officially begins at the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic (Hijri) calendar. This year, Ramadan is expected to end on Tuesday 9 April, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Learn more about Ramadan at this free workshop in Birmingham:

  • Ramadan workshop – Saturday 9 March, 3pm to 4pm, Birmingham Central Mosque, 180 Belgrave Middleway, Birmingham B12 0XS

This free workshop led by Imam Mohammad Asad MBE covers definitions of Ramadan, dos and don’ts, exemptions, eating healthily, and fasting and work.

More information and register for your free place here: https://centralmosque.org.uk/event/ramadhan-workshop/