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. Therefore 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 is Ramadan 2024?
The exact dates of Ramadan change every year because the Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the Moon. Because the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, the Holy month of Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year.
This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday 11th March 2024, and end on the evening of Tuesday 9th April 2024, depending on the sighting of the moon.
You can find up-to-date information on the Ramadan Timetable here.
When does Ramadan start in 2024?
Ramadan officially begins when the Islamic month of Shaban ends, and the new moon of Ramadan is sighted. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday 11th March 2024.
When does Ramadan end in 2024?
Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya Aidilfitri), the Muslim celebration officially marks the end of Ramadan. The exact timing is based on the sighting of the moon. Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya Aidilfitri) officially begins at the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal. This year, Ramadan is expected to end on the evening of Tuesday 9th April 2024 depending on the sighting of the moon.
When to stop fasting Ramadan 2024?
The last day of fasting this Ramadan 2024 will be Tuesday 9th April, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Unlike the Gregorian calendar we use today, the Islamic calendar operates on the lunar cycle. This means that all significant days in the Islamic calendar appear to shift forward approximately 11 days each year. Therefore, the sighting of the moon determines the end of the month-long period of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid.
When is Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya Aidilfitri) 2024?
In 2024, Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya Aidilfitri) is likely to take place on 10th April 2024, depending on the sighting of the moon.
However, as with each day in the Islamic calendar, the next day begins after Maghrib prayer (just after sunset) of the same day. Therefore, Eid technically begins after the moon has been sighted (which is likely to be on 9th April), but Eid prayers and celebrations take place the following day.
What happens if you miss a fast during Ramadan?
If you’ve missed any fasts out of necessity and cannot make up the lost days afterwards, you’re required to pay fidya (fidyah). For any other missed fasts you will need to make them up. For any fasts broken deliberately without need in the Hanafi madhab you would need to make up the fast and also pay kaffarah. In the Hanbali and Shafi madhabs you would need to make up the fast and only pay kaffarah if it was broken by marital relations.
The Prophet (PBUH) would give charity throughout the year but increase his sadaqah during Ramadan. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (PBUH) was the most generous of people, and he was most generous during Ramadan.” (Bukhari